Series: Lies Beneath 1
Debut: June 12, 2012
Snuck from: Vanya D. @ YA Story Teller
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.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 26
Mermaids! Not something that comes along all that often, 'coz I understand it makes things very, very complicated. It was okay here since the mermaids would automatically (although painfully) get legs once ashore, which obviously kills what's ususally the main problem. So what conflict to base this story on? Viciousness. Lore teaches us that mermaids were as beautiful as they were cruel, which is already awesome basics as such. Plus, here mermaids feed on the emotions they drain out of their victims, killing them in the process, which makes them kinda the water version of a vampire. I love the concept of that!
Back to the vicisouness, and how it plays into the story: Merman Calder was, other than his three sisters, not born a mermaid, but made one after he almost drowned as a child. Later, his mermaid mother was killed, and now the sisters want vengeance. The man responsible owed his son's life to the Lake Superior merclan, and now that the man is dead and his son, now with a family of his own, moved back to the lake, it's payback time. To get the non-swimmer into the water, Calder is to use his daughter Lily -- any means necessary.
If that plan does not earn the Viciousness Approval stamp from you, I can't help you.
But having a plan, and carrying it out are two entirely different stories. Because Calder doesn't have his heart in it like his sisters. Of course he owed his mermaid mother a second chance at life, although with some alterations, but he's not hellbent on vengeance. He only wants his oldest sister to release him from the clan, so he would no longer have to migrate back to Lake Superior every year, but can be free and do as he pleases. Calder can have his freedom -- after the sisters got what is rightfully theirs.
Okay, no biggie. Except that Calder makes the cardinal error to fall for Lily of all people. Now it's not just that he's a murderous fish while she is human what makes things complicated, it's also that Calder has to help kill her father in order to be freed. Adds a whole other taste of viciousness to it, doesn't it?? I loved it, the concept a lot more than the style or plot as it played out. But the characters were good, especially Lily. I think I liked her even more because she was the outside perspective instead of the inside, because this book is from Calder's POV. Male POV in YA is not common, but I very much hope to meet more of it soon! And of course I'm looking forward to the sequel.
Area Scan: Style: 2.5/5 -- Plot: 3.5/5 -- Characters: 3.5/5 -- Romance: 4/5 -- Suspense: 4/5 -- Drama: 4/5 -- Fantasy: 3.5/5
Discovered: 4 Hoods
Sights: Teaser Tuesday #23
Series: #1 Lies Beneath | #2 Deep Betrayal