ARC Review | A Chorus Rises by Bethany C. Morrow

A Chorus Rises by Bethany C. MorrowTitle: A Chorus Rises ( A Song Below Water #2)
Author: Bethany C. Morrow
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: June 1, 2021

I’m not going to lie, I was very nervous going into this because Naema was my least favorite character in A Song Below Water and I didn’t know how I would like a story with her as the main character, but that’s the power of a POV switch. I grew to really appreciate Naema as a character. I really loved the conversations around her Blackness vs her Eloko-ness, codeswitching, being an acceptable minority and using other forms of your identity as protection, and her frustration at her personal experiences only having value if she shares her trauma publicly. They were all really great and impactful.

I also really liked the different media style chapters between Naema’s prose chapters, it helped build some insight for how, mainly Portland, was feeling after the Stoning event at the end of A Song Below Water. But I do think that the side characters (even ones introduced in A Chorus Rises) were under developed and just kinda there. And the ending was a little rushed for me too, so the personal growth wasn’t fully there. Overall, while I still don’t really like Naema as a character, I appreciate her journey and the conversations this book continues after A Song Below Water.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


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