*REVIEW* Lies Beneath
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.
Lies Beneath is a romantic, tragic, and heartfelt story about a young merman torn between love and family. I was very excited to dive (pun intended!) into this story after reading the synopsis, and it did not disappoint. There’s something truly magical about mermaids and Anne Greenwood Brown’s take on them was interesting to me. The only other stories about mermaids that I am familiar with is Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Tera Lynn Childs’ Forgive My Fins books and the mermaids in Lies Beneath are FAR from the benign creatures those other stories portray.
Lies Beneath introduces us to Calder, a merman who is fighting desperately against his nature. See, mermaids kill humans to feed off of their emotions but Calder has been trying to abstain longer and longer periods of time. And although he’s showing success in this, there’s one thing he cannot overcome: the pull he feels to rejoin his sisters in Lake Superior. And this summer will be different than ever before—Jason Hancock has been found. Calder and his sisters blame Jason Hancock for the death of their mother and revenge has been a lifelong goal.
A plan is formed that involves Calder seducing Jason Hancock’s older daughter, Lily. Lily is eccentric, beautiful, and compelling, and soon Calder finds himself falling for her, completely unplanned and unpredicted. Will Calder be able to see the plan through, or will his falling in love with his prey threaten the revenge, his family, even his own life?
You really need to scoop this one up when it releases on June 12, 2012. It’s got all the makings of a great supernatural YA romance and the perspective being from a male character is refreshing and unique. This book held my attention from beginning to end and I will definitely be grabbing the sequel when it comes out in 2013. Happy Reading! *XOXO*
*thanks to Random House Children's Books and Netgalley for providing the ARC for review*