Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
Pub: 2012; Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Etc: <3 Netgalley
Didn't it seem like last summer there were a plethora of mermaid books hitting the young adult market? I figured they were just trying to be the next Big Thing since the paranormal genre tends to be monopolized by vamps or zombies. Part of me, out of plain curiosity, wanted to check out the finned friends to see what was going on. Another part was fairly disinterested.
I finally caved when I saw the cover for Lies Beneath and here's a couple of noteworthy things I found out:
First, when **I** think of mermaids, I picture:
Picture from: here
Of course there's gonna be some lurve. Calder meets Lily Hancock and even though merman aren't really suppose to get serious with humans, it happens. And let the family drama begin.
Overall there were a handful of thumbs-ups for Lies Beneath. I dug that the narrator was male AND a merman. Also, clever-clever to create such manipulative creatures. Sure, sure, I get that sirens are mermaid kin but I wasn't expecting them to be that callous and manipulative. In an interview, Brown refers to the mermaids preying on humans as their form of popping anti-depressants. I loved that reason.
So yeah, oh GoodReads I gave Lies Beneath two stars, but I'd actually up it to two and a half.