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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    I picked up this book because of the unique twist on merpeople.

    I picked up this book because of the unique twist on merpeople. Dark, murderous merpeople who use their charms to take lives and who are out for revenge? I was intrigued. Rather than the happy mermaids of recent legend, such as the Little Mermaid, the merpeople are miserable creatures who feed on the happiness of humans. It would appear that each race is jealous of the other, and one for incorrect myths.

    Lies Beneath was too focused on the revenge angle for my liking. It was a nice touch and a catalyst for all the events that happen in the novel. However, I left the book not having gotten to know any of the characters except for Calder and the barest of his thoughts about the other characters. Calder spends most of his time spying on the Hancock family and away from his sisters, plotting how to lure Jason Hancock onto the water so that his sisters can have their revenge and he can win his independence from his family. Calder is an interesting character. I respect his self-restraint when it comes to killing people, though his motives for doing so remain unclear, and he respects life. Although Maris is the head of their family, Calder doesn't blindly follow orders.

    The other character motives are even harder to discern. At first, I thought that Lily was rebellious because of her tattoo; now, I don't know what kind of person she is except that she's observant and that she likes Victorian poetry. The rest of her family seem to be mere pawns in the game of revenge. They seems like nice people, but I didn't get to know them at all. The same happens with Jake. He plays a pivotal part in the book, but his actions contradict each other and I don't know what's his game. He warns people about the creatures in the lake, yet he has a special interest in them.

    Overall, this didn't turn out to be the read for me, and I won't be reading book two.

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  • Posted July 18, 2012

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    Lies Beneath is the first mermaid Young Adult novel I’ve e

    Lies Beneath is the first mermaid Young Adult novel I’ve ever read. Mermaids seem to be a popular creature feature lately, especially in the summer, and it’s not hard to understand why. Unfortunately, this rendition of a mermaid tale really wasn’t for me.

    Into the story: Calder is a merman who is mentally dragged, every year, to Lake Superior where he and his three sisters are from. The merfamily, since their mother died, have been on a mission to kill the man who they believe is responsible for their mother’s death. Calder and his sisters have finally found the man and have learned he is moving near Lake Superior after having avoided water his entire life. The goal: Calder needs to seduce his intended victims daughter into order to get to his real target.

    The biology of merpeople in Lies Beneath:

    1. Beautiful (duh).
    2. Can transform into humans but need to be near water a lot or they dry out.
    3. Have an impulsion to kill in order to steal the positive emotions of their victims.
    4. Can be born mermaid or made into one.
    5. Don’t have any positive emotions themselves.
    6. Merman don’t reproduce. Babies are made with humans and have to live with human father for one year than returned to mother.

    I love the idea of murderous mermaids and that opening line is killer! Unfortunately, that's really the extent of things I liked about this book. The problems I had with this novel definitely outweigh anything I liked about it. First, the whole biology of the mermaids made no sense and I felt it wasn’t very thought out or explained very well. For all I know it was well thought out but I was so confused through most of it because of the lack of explanation.

    Second the motivations of the characters were hard to figure out. I had no idea why Calder and his sisters had this crazy need to kill his man. It felt like a compulsion merpeople have but they explained that it was just for revenge. Also, I thought that since mermaids couldn’t have any positive emotions than the personalities of the characters were off. Calder and his sisters definitely felt moments of happiness without having to kill anything. I just felt like the rules of merpeople were there to move the story forward but weren’t actually incorporated into what the characters were like.

    I can deal with some major plot holes if I really like the male character ( for example Patch in Hush, Hush) but Calder wasn’t redeemable. The Ohhh and Ahhhh factor missing with Calder is just one. HE IS A COLD BLOODED KILLER! These women that rationalize these male characters who kill people are beyond me. No matter how many times they say they want to kill someone near you or you, you run into their arms like that’s the dreamiest thing you’ve ever heard. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the girl reforming the bad boy. But girl reforming the serial killer? Not my taste.

    I did like Calder and his love interests interactions but it was insta-love and I just couldn't feel anything for them or any of the other characters.


    It has a great open line and an interesting premise but really fell short in characterization and plot for me ---3.5 out of 10.

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    Posted September 2, 2012

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