Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
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 and absorb their positive energy. Usually, they select their victims at random, but this time around, the underwater clan chooses its target for a reason: revenge. They want to kill Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother’s death.
It’s going to take a concerted effort to lure the aquaphobic Hancock onto the water. Calder’s job is to gain Hancock’s trust by getting close to his family. Relying on his irresistible good looks and charm, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock’s daughter Lily. Easy enough, but Calder screws everything up by falling in love–just as Lily starts to suspect there’s more to the monster-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined, and just as the mermaids threaten to take matters into their own hands, forcing Calder to choose between them and the girl he loves.
One thing’s for sure: whatever Calder decides, the outcome won’t be pretty.
Rating: A Pretty Good Mermaid Read!
Wow! Two mermaid typish books in a row! Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown was a great mermaid read! But, BEWARE! The mermaids from Lake Superior aren’t your usual bunch…
YAY! Anne Greenwood Brown gives us a male POV! Calder was originally a boy who drowned in Lake Superior & his “mother” turned him into a merman to save his life. He’s part of this murderous mermaid family that’s out for vengeance for their mother’s death, but he tries his hardest to maintain as much of his humanity as possible. Calder was a loyal, caring guy who tried to do what he thought was right. You could just tell how much he cared about those closest to him. Also, I enjoyed his POV a lot!
Lily is the kind of girl who doesn’t give a care in the world what you think of her. She was stubborn & extremely feisty! When she fell for Calder it wasn’t insta-love, but it was a bit fast-paced. I felt like when Lily started to warm up to Calder she fell for him hard & fast. It was like once he cracked down one of her walls, it all just came tumbling down.
Calder has 3 beautiful, but deceivingly vicious sisters. There’s Pavati the family flirt who is the most gorgeous of the lot. Tallulah is the sweetest of the sisters who understands Calder the best. Then, there’s eldest sis, Maris, the boss & mastermind of the family.
The ending of Lies Beneath felt a bit rushed to me. It was jam-packed with surprises! I actually had to reread it a couple times to fully comprehend what had just happened. Lots of new information was revealed, but it came with a bunch load of new questions.
The mermaid idea of the book was great! Anne Greenwood Brown used a unique idea with the family bond of the mermaids. Plus, it was interesting to hear about how Calder differed from mermaid sisters. Also, the pull to Lake Superior was sure intriguing!
Overall, it was a bit slow-paced in the beginning, but once you get over that you’ll get drowned in Calder’s story. It’s a definite must read for mermaid lovers! Oh, and I cannot wait to hear Lily’s POV in Deep Betrayal, the sequel!