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 irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting 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.
©2012 Anne Greenwood Brown (P)2012 Listening Library
Unwasted Words Reviews
Calder White has a score to settle. Though, his heart's not quite as into revenge as his marauding mermaid sisters' but a promise is a promise. And the only fair debt for a promise broken and the fate of their mother, is the death of Jason Hancock. If Calder plays his role right, a part he's confidently played many times before, he'll receive the freedom he desires. Unfortunately Lilly Hancock isn't like any prey he's lured before and Calder won't know what's got it's hooks in him until it's too late.
Lies beneath is not the typical mermaid fairytale. A lot of the choices Brown makes gives this book a refreshing facelift to the tried and used concepts surrounding the genre. My favorite part of Lies Beneath is the male perspective. I found Calder's voice interesting and different. It reminded me of a guy version of Cinderella with his evil stepsisters and good heart. Lilly was fun as well, not being the typical quirky artsy character, into fine arts or fiction but poetry. The only downside is the story line wasn't complex enough. You could very easily see where things were going. Yet the characters, romance, and Brown's unique take on the mythology keeps the reader's interest from focusing too much on any transparencies.
MacLeod Andrews has a great voice for YA, it's mature without being too old. I've gotten a few audiobooks featuring him and his reads are always a pleasure. Andrews voice is nice and deep, his acting is subtle with wonderful inflections that really guide a listener to a character's mood or intent. He also has a great range of voices. MacLeod Andrews is quickly becoming an impulse purchasing factor for me to buy now, find out what it's about later.
Anne Greenwood Brown's debut is a little something different with a lot of great things going for it. Lies Beneath is an entertaining read told by an unusual voice just in time for beach reading season.
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