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3.13  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
She plunged beneath the surface, her eyes blind in the murky, green water: dived again and again until she couldn't take another breath. There was no trace. Freya was gone.

Jess has heard the rumors, old folk tales of creatures that live beneath the water dangerous shapeshifters with a taste for human children. She's dismissed them as crazy stories...until her best friend
Paperback, 269 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Floris Books
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Gill Arbuthnott So sorry not to have answered before. Life has been crazy! Beneath is not not ended as a standalone, but I can see ways in which the story could…moreSo sorry not to have answered before. Life has been crazy! Beneath is not not ended as a standalone, but I can see ways in which the story could continue... I'd have to be ver convinced I had a terrific plot before I'd return to the world of Beneath though.(less)

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Oct 04, 2015 Praxedes rated it liked it
This was a nice book about the mythological beings known as 'kelpies', lake dwelling horse-like beings who can assume human form. The main character, Jess, meets a kelpie boy and an adventure ensues which imperils several towns in the area. Jess finds herself drawn to the kelpie boy Finn, but already has a boyfriend Magnus. A significant portion of the novel is about her internal tug of war concerning which boy to choose.

The book started off unusually slow for a YA novel, making me think it was
Mar 21, 2014 Raven rated it it was ok
First person to write a review huh? Well then, I wish I had better news but I don't.


My review will contain spoilers but not so much that you wouldn't be able to read the story if you so choose. I give information about the book, but try not to do so outright except for the love triangle thing, that I can't help. Just wanted to give a heads up.

This book follows Jess, a farm girl, who always feels as if she is being watched and indeed she is, by Finn who happens to be a Kelpie. So tak
Nov 13, 2014 Candy rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
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Review: Jess lives in a small town called Kirriemiur which is in Scotland. For some reason Jess always feels like she is being watched, but she can never figure out why. Then a couple of boys turn up missing and the only clue is the hoof print of a wild horse. Unfortunately the towns people all claim it was nothing but drowning even though both boys were really good swimmers. Then Jess and her friend are out picking berries when they come upon a black horse with blue
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Jul 04, 2014 Nikki Peterson rated it liked it
Review posted on received from NetGalley for honest review.

It has been going on since her Grandmother was a girl, children disappearing around Roseroot Pool. Jess's Grandmother claimed to have seen her cousin Euan taken at that same pool when they were children. He was taken by a black horse into the pool and underwater. Never to be seen again.

Jess and her best friend Freya go out to pick mushrooms and brambles by Roseroot Pool one afternoon. They come upon a horse who
Aug 15, 2014 infoqueen rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
It begins with a feeling of being watched in the woods, which Jess dismisses as her imagination. Then comes the disappearance of a local boy—the second from their village in a year—which the whole neighborhood seems to dismiss as an unexplained tragedy. But when Jess sees her best friend, Freya, taken beneath the waters of Roseroot Pond by a mysterious blue-eyed black horse, she can no longer ignore the strange events surrounding her 16th century Scottish village. Jess’s attempts to explain ...more
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Apr 22, 2014 Hayley Naugher rated it really liked it
A gripping book; read in just two sittings. I particularly enjoyed the way in which the scenery and characters' mannerisms are captured, and I was able to visualise everything that was happening very vividly. The nature of the Kelpies in "Beneath" is far from that depicted in the traditional stories/myths that mention them, but I think I enjoyed this aspect of the book the most...perhaps we've been wrong all along?!
As someone that is not a "tween", the love triangle irritated me a little...It is
Feb 20, 2016 Kristy rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-read
To be honest I’m not sure where to begin with this. The simple truth is that I had a hard time getting into this book and it was a struggle for me to finish it. The premise was good, but the execution was not there. The beginning seemed to be going well. Jess was an interesting lead and Finn, despite his stalker tendencies, was a good romantic lead. And then it came to a grinding halt—the middle of the book had so much filler I had to skip pages in order to stave off boredom. I think the nail in ...more
Jul 10, 2014 MartyAnne rated it it was amazing
This story is creative and wonderful. Our protagonist, Jess, might mull over the questions below:

Ever felt like someone was watching you? What if they were watching? What if they watched you from another world? Or in the form of an animal in your world? And once met in human form, they become fascinating, even stretching into love... while you family rejects the very idea of the existence of this race of Kelpies he belongs to?

The unbelievable world BENEATH the pond is a kelpie world, very diff
Nov 26, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
While there were some parts that dragged on a bit I actually really enjoyed this book a great deal. Until I'd read this I'd never even heard of Kelpies so learning about a new mythical species is always a plus in my book. It does contain your typical love triangle but how that ends was pretty surprising. The female character is strong & courageous as well as the main character but unlike many of the latest paranormal romance reads out today she's not the heroine that saves the day. I feel ...more
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Recommends it for: Fatima
I did like this book but not very much. The book started out okay, but towards the middle got confusing. For instance, at one point Jess (main character) was talking about her father, and the next she's picking berries with her best friend. Although I did like the middle. The adventure she went on with her new friend Finn, was really great and exciting. The two of them along with Jess's friend Freya had to escape from the other world (Finn's home) The ending on the other hand was not my favorite ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Michelle rated it liked it
I really did like this story, the writing was easy, and I liked the surprise at the end. However, I just couldn't quite give it 4 stars. I wish we could rate at least half stars because I would give this a 3.6 to 3.8. Beneath is definitely a good read when you want something light.
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May 28, 2014 Kez Green rated it it was amazing
I've been lucky the last three books I've read are excellent and this is no exception, I love fantasy books anyway especially based around mythology I always imagine the characters when I read and I could see every bit of this when I read it so very well written more please Gill :o)
Oct 01, 2015 Chrys rated it liked it
What is with that ending?!?! I'll write an actual review when I have more time to think about it....
Jan 09, 2016 Fatima rated it really liked it
This book was really boring in the beginning ,but in the middle of the story got really interesting! This book is great for people who like mystery!
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I was born and brought up in Edinburgh, where I went to James Gillespie’s High School, famous as the school where the author Muriel Spark was educated, and on which she based her most famous book The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Almost all the teachers when I was there seemed to be wildly eccentric spinsters. There was one maths teacher who would climb into a cupboard at one end of the room, and reap
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