Marquette, MI – April 24, 2015 – By now, it’s a good bet that most people know about Twilight, and you’ve most likely heard of Harry Potter. The Hunger Games and Divergent series are in the news these days. It’s a good time to get into the young adult book market. Here’s another to add to your list: Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown.
Set on the shores of a small town on the coast of Lake Superior, Lies Beneath follows the story of Calder, a murderous merman and his vicious sisters. To survive, Calder’s family drowns humans and steals their emotions. The book hits all the good points from the old, classic Grimm Fairy Tales. Fair warning: if you go in expecting Disney’s Ariel, you’ll be disappointed.
Lies Beneath spins a fresh, unique take on an old legend. Calder’s character arc is vivid and believable and for once the girl, Lily, is someone I actually liked. She’s shown to be smart, creative, and beautifully flawed. While there are weak points, the story is overall solid (and bonus points for setting it on Lake Superior, even though I believe it’s mostly along Wisconsin’s shoreline).
It’s a quick read, with short, action packed chapters. It starts with one of the best opening lines I’ve read in a long time and the narrative never dragged–I was hooked all the way through.
When not turning our on-air personalities into My Little Bronies, I like writing fiction. My favorite subject is YA Urban Fantasy, so I tend to read a lot in that vein. My reading list is usually full of suburban faeries, New York werewolves, and Midwest zombies–but no vampires. I’m pretty much over vampires (thanks for nothing, Twilight).
Reading about mermaids in a familiar Superior setting was a welcome change. I recommend this book to anyone looking to take their minds off reality for a little while with a quick, enjoyable read. You can buy it on Amazon right here!