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Beneath the Surface (The Malions #1)

4.48  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Deep underground, an ancient species of mystic healers exist: the malions. Their capabilities are endless. Their strength is colossal. But they are also being hunted and their numbers are dwindling.

One of them has just fallen in love with a human.

On the west coast of Canada, sixteen-year-old Melissa Lawrences's life is about to take a turn for the worse. It could also be
Paperback, First edition, 368 pages
Published October 24th 2013 by FriesenPress (first published October 2013)
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T. Mitchell
Jul 28, 2013 T. Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great debut from new author, Miranda Rae Carter! Beneath the Surface is a unique twist on the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. The story is told by Melissa, a wounded yet resilient girl whose life changes in a flash when she crashes her car and is saved by Rion. Not your usual hero, Rion has a scarred face, a scarred history and is part of a secret, ancient race––a combination that makes him all the more compelling. As Melissa sinks deeper into Rion's dangerous, underground world, the ...more
Apr 05, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, ya, romance
As one of this book's editors, my completely biased opinion is that it's fabulously well-edited. Also, that Miranda is a very promising new voice in the YA paranormal romance scene. Stay tuned for the rest of the series.
Denise Gawley
Aug 13, 2013 Denise Gawley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beneath The Surface immediately draws you into its world.

Two Notes:

First, I didn't want to put it down and resurface; second, I'll be first in line for the next one.
Jan 25, 2015 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book for free through Goodreads First Reads!

This book was a lot better than I expected, since it was the first ARC I have ever read. Yes, there are a few grammar errors, but that did not distract me from how good this book was. Before I get into my review, please note that I want to mention a TRIGGER WARNING for sexual assault. One of the characters in this book has had a rough past and there are some details that go into what happened to her, so please know that if that makes you unc
Doreen B
Nov 19, 2013 Doreen B rated it it was amazing
Can't put it down. Great story!
Barbara Ann
Carter has written a young adult fantasy that I’m sure will appeal to many teenage readers because of the storytelling, the action and adventure, and book’s romantic angle. Teens are the primary targeted audience as the author takes her readers “beneath the surface” into the world of the Malions, a species of paranormal beings who are known for their miraculous healing abilities. Hunted for years by the Vykhars, who seek to destroy their race, the Malions live in secret, underground, and away ...more
books are love
Jul 25, 2014 books are love rated it really liked it
Okay there are aspects i adore and aspects that turned me off. The anger that is unresolved and the flying off the handle turned me off at times. the love story and fighting against all odds for each other and loved ones adored. Overall this is a fascinating book. The malions are a interesting species and Rion and his brother are fascinating. I feel for both of them. I am wondering the story behind Rion's brother and also Kyle how on earth is he a Vykhars? That is a stretch to me. And there is ...more
Book Junky Girls
Aug 27, 2014 Book Junky Girls rated it really liked it
Liss just wants to finish high school in peace, she's not interested in parties or her friends knowing her every secret. But when she's guilted into going to a party and gets lost, things get crazy in her life when she gets into a car accidentand wakes up somewhere she never expected surrounded by a race she never knew expected. Keeping it secret though and going back to her normal life turn out to be next to impossible with men call Vyhkars coming after her for information about the mysterious ...more
Arlene Mullen
Jul 22, 2014 Arlene Mullen rated it really liked it
I loved this book! When Melissa finally caves and agrees to take her BFF Chelsea to a party, even though she is not a big party person. On the way there Liss gets lost and gets in a very bad car accident. Next thing she knows s that she is waking up in some strange mans room. Her survival instincts kick in and she freaks out. She finds out that she was saved by a Malion and when she goes back, she is putting everyone in danger. She comes back only to find out that the Vykhars have her whole life ...more
Daydream Books
Beneath the surface is well thought out fantasy come fairytale romance. Despite its fairytale element it covers some darker issues so should not be read by a young child. A young girl is rescued from a car crash by a stranger and taken into a hidden world beneath the surface of the city she lived in. Her hero, Rion, is not your usual pretty boy, he is tall and wide with scarred facial features, despite initially being scared of her new situation, Melissa cannot help the strong connection she ...more
Jul 23, 2014 Doris rated it really liked it
*I was offered a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Imagine yourself giving into peer pressure and going to that party you didn't want to go to- in the car you crash- you wake up in some new world that should not exist.. and you fight to get back home only to realize you left someone important behind.
This was a good read, and it's creative and imaginative. Carter makes an entire new species and she does it well. I really like the way that the story develops and I love the gritt
Shelley Gawley
Nov 23, 2013 Shelley Gawley rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read this book because I wanted to know what malions were, and what the heck they were about. This is a beautiful, scary, and page-turning beauty and the beast type story. For anyone who likes paranormal romance, THIS IS YOUR NEXT READ. I can't recommend this enough. And it's not your typical romance where boy-meets-girl yadda yadda. This is like nothing I've ever read before. Love the voice, and the end made me want for more!!!

Where is book two, Miranda Rae Carter????
Aug 10, 2016 Kim rated it it was amazing
I have to say Beneath the Surface was captivating and very very well written, I can't wait to read the sequel! I was entertained from the beginning to the end. I really enjoyed how Melissa's character grew throughout the story. Reading the story was like I was there looking down, I love stories that can pull you in that way.
I particularly loved Rion's character. The strong male with a sensitive and nurturing side. Needless to say, I can't wait to read on! Great job Miranda!
Jul 21, 2014 Dalene rated it really liked it
First, I would like to thank the author Miranda Rae Carter for giving me this book for an honest review. I enjoyed reading this book. The characters are well developed and written. The main characters are teens so they have some immaturity to them. The story-line is very good. The world building is nicely done. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Joyanna Martin
Nov 12, 2013 Joyanna Martin rated it it was amazing
Beneath the Surface is a truly amazing read. Tween, teen or adult...if you enjoy a paranormal romance then you will truly LOVE this book! I couldn't put it down! I'm so excited to have been introduced to the world of the Malions and cannot wait for the next book in the series!! 5 stars out of 5!
Apr 16, 2014 Brooke rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a giveaway, so I would like to say, thanks again. This book was so interesting. The world building was great and loved the characters so much. I recommend this to anyone who loves supernatural. Can't wait for the second! Yay for 5 out of 5 stars!!
Charlene Groome
Apr 15, 2014 Charlene Groome rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beneath the Surface is a well- written YA fantasy. I felt pulled into a new world that had a few surprises along the way. I like that I couldn't guess what was going to happen. Great job!!
And I love that she used places in BC. Very cool!
Codi Gary
Jul 25, 2016 Codi Gary rated it it was amazing
I adored this YA! The premise was great, I adored the characters, and the adventure/mystery was fantastic! I highly recommend! Please note there are some heavy elements and PG-13 content.
Aug 24, 2014 Elmonorth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Melissa and Rion have captured me and I felt sense of loss when book ended...want to be with them on book #2! Well done Miranda Rae Carter!
Nov 23, 2013 Leanne rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down! The story is well written... at times I felt like i was really there watching from the sidelines what was actually going on. Can't wait for the next book in this series!
Allen Gawley
Nov 23, 2013 Allen Gawley rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. It has real places, but with a fictional twist. Having places like Gladstone, a real highschool in Vancouver, as well as Squamish and Oliver's landing, I felt like I could really go there and imagine it. Miranda really has a way of placing you right into the scene of her book. Best of all, she finishes this story, leaving room for book two, but not on a cliffhanger, because that bugs me!!!

I CANNOT WAIT for the next book.
I didn't read this book. I re-read Beneath the Surface by John Hargrove, but Goodreads STILL does not have a re-read button.
Sheila Porlier
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