Hello Gemmies! I have a fantastic new book review to share with you today. Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review.
Sirens and Sprites and Gargoyles, oh my! A Song Below Water by Betthany C. Morrow is everything I never knew I needed. Lets start with the cover...GORGEOUS! The beautiful imagery immediately pulls you in and lets you know that you are going to get something special. The blue color scheme is both soothing and intriguing. In short, Black Girl Mer Magic!
A Song Below Water follows sisters Tavia and Effie on their journey to find their voices and power in a world filled with bigotry, racism, and misogyny. Morrow is able to masterfully confront issues like police brutality, trauma, racism, and even frustrations with finding the perfect hair care routine. I laughed, I cried, and even shouted in frustration! This is a compelling coming of age story that every girl needs to read, regardless of race.
The world building is gorgeous too; set in modern day Portland with a refreshing new magical system. Magical creatures, that are often overlooked take center stage in this story. That alone gives this book a distinct flavor and feel that is unique to Bethany C Morrow. There is also an abundant amount of teenage angst, family drama, systematic oppression, social issues, and creatures to satisfy all readers. To put it shortly go read this book!
This gem set to release on June 2nd, is published by TOR books and is available for pre-order from all major booksellers. I give A Song Below Water 4 out of 5 gems. I cannot wait to read more stories set in this universe. Happy Reading!