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A Song Below Water: A Novel

A Song Below Water: A Novel


A Song Below Water: A Novel

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4/5 (220 évaluations)
Longueur:
9 heures
Sortie:
Jun 2, 2020
ISBN:
9781250755018
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Description

Bethany C. Morrow's A Song Below Water is the story for today's listeners—a captivating modern fantasy about black mermaids, friendship, and self-discovery set against the challenges of today's racism and sexism.

In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers.

Meanwhile, Effie is fighting her own family struggles, pitted against literal demons from her past. Together, these best friends must navigate through the perils of high school's junior year.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice at the worst possible moment.

Soon, nothing in Portland, Oregon, seems safe. To save themselves from drowning, it's only Tavia and Effie's unbreakable sisterhood that proves to be the strongest magic of all.

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Teen

"An enthralling tale of black girl magic and searing social commentary ready to rattle the bones." (Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles)

Sortie:
Jun 2, 2020
ISBN:
9781250755018
Format:
Livre audio

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À propos de l'auteur

Bethany C. Morrow is an Indie Bestselling author who writes for adult and young adult audiences, in genres ranging from speculative literary to contemporary fantasy to historical. She is author of the novels Mem; A Song Below Water and its companion A Chorus Rises; So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix; and the social horror Cherish Farrah; and editor/contributor to the young adult anthology Take the Mic, which was the 2020 ILA Social Justice in Literature award winner. Her work has been chosen as Indies Introduce and Indie Next picks, and featured in The LA Times, Forbes, Bustle, Buzzfeed, and more. She is included on USA TODAY's list of 100 Black novelists and fiction writers you should read.


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  • (4/5)
    I very much loved the idea of this book, but the magic didn't quite make it across the page. I felt like I was thrown into a world where I needed a primer class beforehand (for example: I had no idea what an ekolo was). Because of that, I had a hard time focusing on the wonderful things. The ending also fell a bit flat for me, I didn't love it. However, I 100% suggest this book if you want to read a book you can't put down because the emotions come screaming at you. I finished this book thinking "a book like this should never have had to be written," as all of the microaggressions the two sisters dealt with were heartbreaking. But the thing is, this book had to be written. We have to have more books that shove the inequality and danger of living while black into everyone's faces. So. No matter what happened with the ending and the magic storyline, you need to read this.
  • (4/5)
    I love these two sisters. They're so sweet to each other and emotionally intelligent
  • (5/5)
    Great read. Page turner indeed. Sometimes I wish scribd didn’t force us to leave a review
  • (4/5)
    I really liked this book. I enjoyed the main characters and some of the plot twists I didn't see coming!!
  • (4/5)
    *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Sirens aren’t something I’ve ever read about before so being introduced to them in a contemporary magical realism novel was refreshing. I was confused for most of this book, as the characters themselves are, but I think that the author did an amazing job maintaining intrigue rather than the confusion keeping me at a distance.

    Bethany C. Morrow used the magical elements of the story to talk about racial injustice, police brutality, racial profiling and the power of protest which felt grounded in the world we live in. The magical elements didn’t overpower the messages of the story but they added an extra layer of mystery.

    This book would be a great introduction to those new to fantasy and if you love well-developed characters, this is the book for you. Tavia and Effie have distinct voices (this is true for both the writing and the audiobook) and their development as characters is well paced throughout the novel. I’m interested to see where the sequel goes as this isn’t the usual type of book that becomes a series but I’m excited for that release.

    Overall I would definitely recommend this book and it’s something that has opened up a whole new world of creature fantasy to me.

    4 out of 5 stars!
  • (4/5)
    Literal Black Girl Magic.

    I struggled with a few parts of the book because I assumed this was book about Black mermaids. However, it seemed to cover more intersectional topics of being a Black woman or a sprite while living in America.
  • (4/5)
    Really a 3.5 for me but rounded up to a 4. I really liked Tavia and Effie’s friendship and it was very poignant and relevant for the time right now, but, for me, things just weren’t explained very well.
  • (4/5)
    Kudos to the narrators. I really loved their performances and they did a wonderful job of bringing the story to life.
  • (3/5)
    Loved the focus on family this book had. Really wish more focus was placed on world building, and I also felt that Tavia's character development took a fall at the end.
  • (5/5)
    Exactly the right book to be reading at this time. Truly loved the message of being proud for who you are, especially as a black woman!
  • (4/5)
    Thoroughly enjoyed amazingly read and a great story with very powerful undertones !!
  • (5/5)

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    Magical. It is unlike any other book I've read. Check it out!!

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  • (5/5)

    3 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

    This book was incredible. I loved this take on the mythology, and on a contemporary fantasy world with magic that's out of the closet. The alternating first person narrative really dives deep into both sisters' characters, and the way the fantasy elements were used to illuminate issues of racial injustice in the US was both masterful and heartbreaking. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in any variety of civil rights issues, or just a really compelling contemporary fantasy story.

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  • (3/5)

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    While I enjoy that this bool dealt with important relevant topics the story just felt flat. I think the author wanted to introduce so many topics that the length just didn't work. Pkus, the mytholigical aspects to it felt unexplained and just jumbled into the story.

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  • (5/5)

    3 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

    I loved this book and how it talks about protesting and activism. It is a beautifully written commentary on social inequality and how it effects life, especially the lives of African Americans and African American women in particular.

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