Inspired Reading: Lies Beneath

Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1)Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

YA literature seems to be rife with sexy, reluctant monsters that tempt and test our teen heroines. Vampires and werewolves abound. And now, there are mermen. Lies Beneath is told from the perspective of Calder White, a gorgeous merman, whose survival requires murder and manipulation. But Calder longs to be human, and even falls in love with one.

Calder has three stunning siren sisters, and together they plan to exact vengeance on Jason Hancock, whom they blame for their mother’s death. Calder ingratiates himself with the Hancock family by getting close to Jason’s daughters. But he isn’t prepared when Lily, the older Hancock sister, seems immune to his seduction and subtle powers of mind control.

In Calder and Lily, Anne Greenwood Brown builds two complex and strong-willed characters. Although humans adore him, Calder is acutely aware of the fact that he’s a monster. He envies humans their joy and vibrant emotions, and resists his instinct to kill. But he can’t resist Lily, a girl who baffles him with her quirky clothes, penchant for Victorian poetry, and tolerance for cold—especially when he, a merman, can’t stand the cold. And despite her suspicions that Calder is more than he seems, Lily is drawn to him. She helps Calder believe that he can aspire towards something beyond his bleak, predatory existence. As Calder struggles with his growing feelings for Lily, he must decide where his loyalties lie, before his sisters take matters into their own hands.

Lies Beneath is a compelling read. Audiences of all ages can relate to Calder’s constant feeling of otherness, of not belonging, even amidst his own family. They will root for him as he learns the truth about himself and his family, discovers love, and shapes his own nature and destiny.

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