Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Date: Expected publication: June 12th 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Series: Lies Beneath #1 Source: Kindle ARC
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.
I really enjoy reading about mermaids. I have always been a fan of the mystery and myth. I think it is hard to find a good mermaid book. This is an awesome book. I absolutely love the story behind these mermaids. First off the story tells the tale of mermaids that are not sweet, pretty, and fairytales. These mermaids are killers who want revenge. There is nothing sweet, pretty, and fairytales about these sea creatures…. Well maybe nothing sweet and fairytales, they are described to be quite pretty.
The characters really spoke to me in this book. I found Calder amazing, the bad boy who wants to do the right thing. In this story, the mermaids and merman kill humans to survive off their emotions. Calder does not like to kill and does whatever he can to go as long as he can without killing. I like this about him. He is a monster who wants to go against his nature and do the right thing. I enjoyed getting into his head; it was a nice change to read from the boy’s point of view.
Lily is great too. She is spunky, sarcastic, realistic, courageous, and curious. She senses something is not right about Calder, but she cannot stay away. Everything in her tells her to be afraid of him, but she does not choose to run. The longer she knows him the more she opens up to him and the more she senses something is different about him.
The villains in this story are Calder’s sister. Everything about them screams villain. There were a couple times I almost very myself liking one of the sisters, Tallulah. I wanted to like her, she seems so sweet at times, but she is still a villain. The evil flows off of the sisters. They are out for blood, they don’t care who gets in the way, even Calder.
This story has it all, romance, suspense, a little mystery, adventure, and fantasy. I was wrapped up by the first couple of chapters and found myself stealing pages whenever I could. I anxiously wait for the next installment.