A Song Below Water

A Song Below Water #1

Bethany C. Morrow

fiction fantasy young adult
adventurous challenging mysterious medium-paced

288 pages | first published 2020

Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she's also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she's also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.

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emotional 68%
adventurous 54%
mysterious 50%
hopeful 34%
inspiring 33%
reflective 28%
challenging 27%
tense 25%
dark 10%
funny 8%
informative 7%
sad 5%
lighthearted 4%


medium 65%
slow 20%
fast 13%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 63% | A mix: 24% | Plot: 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 13% | No: 5% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 81% | It's complicated: 11% | No: 6% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 97% | It's complicated: 2%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 68% | It's complicated: 18% | No: 10% | N/A: 4%

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