A Song Below Water by Bethany C Morrow – 4/5⭐️
So this is a young-adult – contemporary – magical realism novel. I listened to it on audio and it was a very beautiful + deep read.
Here is the goodreads synopsis: “ 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.”
So Tavia & Effie are 100% sister goals. I adored this relationship so much. They are adoptive sisters and are each struggling.. Tavia with the fact she is a siren and must keep this fact hidden as well as silence her voice, and Effie is struggling with who she is and where she fits in, in the world. Racism is very real as well as the misogyny of sirens (who can only be Black women). You could feel the characters pain throughout the story. Very relevant to today, even with the characters attending a protest for sirens.
I enjoyed this audiobook! It’s not very long, 9ish hours and the author told an important story in a very unique way.