by Anne Greenwood Brown;
Editions: audiobook, ebook, hardcover, paperback
Expected publication: June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother’s death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family’s homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock’s daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistible good looks and charm on unsuspecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there’s more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.~ Goodreads Blurb
Bring out the confetti, we’ve got a winner here! Ding Ding Ding, and all the rest! Serious awesomeness to read.
This was my first mermaid YA. Shut up! Total awesomeness!! Positive-emotion-vampire mermaids that lure people into the water, drink them emotionally dry and hide the bodies? I’m so on board!! Totally. Ok, let’s stop the fangirling, it’s bad review netiquette to keep squealing in your ear. So, let’s talk about Lies Beneath.
First off, the book had me hooked since the first three or so pages. Really good writing, a relaxed and engaging tone, images that just pop off the page and dart right into your mind, quirky and original characters, the works! This was like 4.5 read for me, meaning almost a total crush. Why it didn’t go all the way there I’m not sure, I was hooked but I didn’t die to read it all in one sitting. But it was really really close anyway, and it’s freaking fabulous book, there I’ve said it.
I loved the scenery and the mood the author set for every scene. The characters were really fun and original, I loved how Lily was a little quirky and a bit of a rebel, with her love of Victorian poetry (love it too xD) and the awesomest tattoo possible. She was my favorite and it’s actually rare that I’m SO into a YA character. Lily was a lot grownup though, so that’s probably why I did love her so much. Her capacity to love, to marvel and her selfless approach to love and life made me a clear fan. Plus I loved how she dressed and talked, and pretty much everything about her. That’s not shallow, that’s full-package-appreciation 😛
Calder was really cool too, I found it really natural to empathize with him and be on his side. As a merman he was freaking fabulous, he had a little bit of that lion-fall-for-lamb sort of charm, you know, the I-can-and-feel-the-urge-to-eat-you sort of glamour. I’m a sucker for it, all the time, every time. He wasn’t the bad boy turned good guy type, he wasn’t the dream boy prototype either, but a gorgeous in between that I just loved. In this the book gave me the same giddy excitement I had when reading Twilight, all that kyaaaaaa! factor, you know? So I personally say if you loved Twilight and you wanna experiment with mermaid reads, you should definitely definitely read this little baby right here.
Aside the fact that I seem to love YA with male MC’s, lol, I really loved the complexity and layered texture the characters had. They’re struggling with things, overcoming difficulties and making their own choices, they’re originals and unafraid to be so. This, my friends, is the kind of characters I love to read about.
The plot was really intriguing too, not overly complicated and elaborate but suspenseful and engaging, just the kind of atmosphere you want in an engaging read. I mean, it has it all, the mood, the suspense, the romance, the awwww! factor, the thrill. Full package, I tell you. Full package.
And what I loved the most was the ending of this book was imperfectly beautiful. I’m not giving anything away, of course, but it was imperfectly beautiful. This is the kind of book that really makes me want to read the next in the series. And I hate waiting 🙁 Boo.
Anyways, YA PNR must read in my humble opinion. Definite must read 😀