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Today is my stop on the A CHORUS RISES by Bethany C. Morrow Official Blog Tour.

 

Publisher : Tor Teen (June 1, 2021)

Language : English

Hardcover : 272 pages

ISBN-10 : 1250316030

ISBN-13 : 978-1250316035

The Hate U Give meets Shadowshaper in Bethany C. Morrow’s A Chorus Rises, a brilliant contemporary fantasy set in the world of A Song Below Water.

Teen influencer Naema Bradshaw has it all: she’s famous, privileged, has “the good hair”— and she’s an Eloko, a person who’s gifted with a song that woos anyone who hears it. Everyone loves her — well, until she’s cast as the awful person who exposed Tavia’s secret siren powers.

Now, she’s being dragged by the media. No one understands her side: not her boyfriend, not her friends, nor her Eloko community. But Naema knows the truth and is determined to build herself back up — no matter what.

When a new, flourishing segment of Naema’s online supporters start targeting black girls, however, Naema must discover the true purpose of her magical voice.

Praise for A SONG BELOW WATER

“Morrow expertly and smartly explores race, bigotry, oppression, and injustice against a backdrop of ordinary life with a dose of the supernatural added to the mix. A Song Below Water is a must-read for lovers of fantasy and contemporary stories alike. ” Booklist, starred review

“Morrow has deftly woven a contemporary tale with mythical elements to take on the invisibility and marginalization of Black women, touching on issues such as misogynoir, body image, social justice, and generational trauma. Empowering and innovative. Morrow elevates mermaids and sirens to ­legitimate and compelling vanguards for social change.” School Library Journal

“A watery and melodic crossroads of the real and the mythic, A Song Below Water lures readers with its seductive and beautifully black siren song. 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 series

“I love this book so, so much! Bethany C. Morrow delivers a blistering modern classic with this gorgeous tale of friendship and power. A Song Below Water somehow manages to be intensely happy and sad at the same time and all in the balance of great, riveting storytelling. The best YA novel I’ve read all year.” Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper

“Morrow masterfully blends the real lives of Black girls in contemporary Portland with a mythic world of sirens, gargoyles and other supernatural creatures to create a compelling coming-of-age story in which two sisters, bound by love and fate, find their voices and their power.” Rebecca Roanhorse, Hugo, Nebula and John W. Campbell Award Winner, author of Trail of Lightning and Star Wars: Resistance Reborn

“Empowering and full of surprises, A Song Below Water reminds us how important it is to use our voices, even when we’re afraid. Morrow has created a world that’s both familiar and brimming with fantastical creatures, and the result is timely, necessary, and utterly captivating.” Akemi Dawn Bowman, award-winning author of Starfish

“A rich, intricate dive into mythology, misogynoir, and the way the world makes black girls out to be monsters. Like the siren’s song, A Song Below Water is irresistibly compelling.” Heidi Heilig, award-winning author of The Girl from Everywhere

“The world is lush and intense, the voice intoxicating, and the message eternal. Morrow will have you under her spell from page one.” L.L. McKinney, author of the Nightmare-Verse series

“A compelling tale packed with endlessly inventive magical concepts, blazingly current social commentary, and heroines you’ll fall hopelessly in love with. I’m obsessed.” Sarah Kuhn, author of Heroine Complex series

“A Song Below Water is a lush, colorful, and deeply moving masterpiece about mythology, the sometimes masked evils of racism, and all the ways the world hurts black girls. An irresistible and perfectly bewitching read that I couldn’t put down!” Jay Coles, composer and author of Tyler Johnson Was Here

“A Song Below Water is a captivating tale about the magic of sisterhood and the importance of being seen for who you truly are.” Parker Peevyhouse, author of The Echo Room

“An exciting new contemporary fantasy. In this parallel world, black female empowerment is standing up for yourself and others while simultaneously navigating love, physical and emotional violence, and the responsibility of immense supernatural power.” Kirkus Reviews   

Praise for A SONG BELOW WATER

 
 
 

The Hate U Give meets Shadowshaper in Bethany C. Morrow’s A Chorus Rises, a brilliant contemporary fantasy set in the world of A Song Below Water.

Teen influencer Naema Bradshaw has it all: she’s famous, privileged, has “the good hair”— and she’s an Eloko, a person who’s gifted with a song that woos anyone who hears it. Everyone loves her — well, until she’s cast as the awful person who exposed Tavia’s secret siren powers.

Now, she’s being dragged by the media. No one understands her side: not her boyfriend, not her friends, nor her Eloko community. But Naema knows the truth and is determined to build herself back up — no matter what.

When a new, flourishing segment of Naema’s online supporters start targeting black girls, however, Naema must discover the true purpose of her magical voice.

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Review 

Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader, and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Thanks to Bethany C. Morrow, TOR TEEN and JeanBookNerd for my book copy 


“I’m never gonna be okay with people trying to erase the rest of who I am. Never again

A CHORUS RISES by Bethany C. Morrow Is the follow up to A Song Below Water.

It can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the first book for the best reading experience.

Once again we are back into Marrow’s urban fantasy world that she has created.

This book takes place about a year after the end of A Song Below Water, and this time readers will follow the not so nice girl Naema. Taking a much needed break from Portland and it’s drama. She goes to a family reunion in the south, and comes to realize that being being an Eloko is so much more.

The author once again delivers some crucial social issues along with social media that is so prominent today. The strong value of friendship and family ties are displayed, along with the realistic view that you just because you have something in common with your social peers doesn’t mean you have to be besties. Naema, is a strong willed character and she really grows and so does her overall outlook.

The author once again delights her audiences with thought provoking themes that young adults face, along with dynamic mystical realism. Written in away that young people will connect with and enjoy.

I really enjoyed reading this book, thanks to to Bethany C. Morrow, TOR TEEN and JeanBookNerd for my book copy 

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Photo Content from Bethany C. Morrow 
 
 
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 and A SONG BELOW WATER, which is an Audie, Ignyte and Locus finalist. She is editor/contributor to the young adult anthology TAKE THE MIC, 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
 
                               Tour Schedule
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WEEK ONE
 
JUNE 21st MONDAY Kate Plus Books EXCERPT
JUNE 21st MONDAY My Fictional Oasis REVIEW
JUNE 22nd TUESDAY Insane About Books REVIEW
JUNE 23rd WEDNESDAY Emelie’s Books REVIEW
JUNE 24th THURSDAY Laura’s Bookish Corner REVIEW
JUNE 25th FRIDAY Casia’s Corner REVIEW
 
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JUNE 28th MONDAY Ya It’s Lit REVIEW
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JUNE 30th WEDNESDAY Ruei’s Reading Corner REVIEW
JULY 1st THURSDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW
JULY 2nd FRIDAY Kalisbookishrambles REVIEW
JULY 2nd FRIDAY Stacia Loves to Read REVIEW
 
 

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