1. Male point of view? Whoa, wait—really? Having a male narrate a story in YA is such a rarity! It was so refre10 things I thought about Lies Beneath:
1. Male point of view? Whoa, wait—really? Having a male narrate a story in YA is such a rarity! It was so refreshing and different to read a mermaid and romance story from Calder's perspective. His voice made it a whole lot more interesting than if it were narrated by a female character like Lily!
2. So yeah, Lily. You know what I loved about Lily? The fact that Calder was definitely creepy-psycho-stalker for the majority of the book and she actually did the realistic thing and tried to avoid him. She admitted that Calder scared her, because I mean, who wouldn't be scared if a random guy you hadn't known before showed up and started following you? I really, really kind of loved her for that.
3. And then there's Calder, a.k.a. Edward Cullen turned fish. I love that this was told from Calder's perspective, but to be honest, I wasn't really digging him in general. He was so arrogant and cocky and seriously, in real life? That would be an immediate turn-off. Plus I thought I'd be okay with that whole slinking-around-in-the-dark-to-watch-a-girl thing by now because we see it in most YA these days, but guys, it's still just plain creepy. He freaking slept in her backyard to watch her at night! *shivers*
4. But they're killer mermaids! They eat people! So that was pretty cool, even though they don't actually eat humans—just drown them and suck their emotions out. I just loved the idea and the concept, it was so different from the usual mermaid story! And when a book starts off with a line like this: "I hadn't killed anyone all winter, and I have to say I felt pretty good about that," you know you're in for some awesome shizz.
5. The romance. Now this is a strange one, because it's insta-love but it didn't feel like insta-love thanks to Lily's initial repulsion. Yet I still felt like there was nothing there between Calder and Lily. There was no romantic tension, none of the 'sparks' we see when we read about our favorite couples. It was like two halves of a shell coming together, but it stayed hollow inside.
6. When there's a wall, you can't get through. My main problem with Lies Beneath was that throughout the whole book I felt as if I were reading everything from a distance. I never really cared much for the story because I couldn't find it in myself to really care for the characters. They just lacked the depth I was trying so hard to look for!
7. Maris, Pavati and Tallulah I actually really liked them at the start—especially Tallulah, which is weird because she's the sister that I disliked the most by the end of it. But honestly, to put it simply, Calder's sisters are evil. And you do start to hate them for it. But you also can't help but like them for the beginning half of the book anyway!
8. The ending. Err... Well, it was strange. It wasn't a cliffhanger by any means, but I can't say it had me jumping in joy. Plus, I read the synopsis of the next book, Deep Betrayal and to be honest, I'm not exactly liking where this is heading :/
9. It was so slow! Like a turtle! Okay, so seriously? Nothing happened. Until the last fifty pages or so. And I'm sorry, but I just can't like books where nothing happens!
10. The cover. This is kind of cheating, because I can't think of any else to say about Lies Beneath. But really? It just had to be a mermaid? They could have at least put three girls on the cover to represent Calder's sisters, or better yet, exchanged the mermaid for a merman! I do still think it's really pretty and mysterious though.
-- in a nutshell There are just as many positive's as there are negatives when it comes to Lies Beneath, but it's definitely worth the read if you're into mermaid tales! The characters may not have been the best, but the lore itself is interesting enough to, well... keep you interested. While I probably won't be the first one in line to get the second book in the series, it's still one that I might consider reading if I ever have enough time to read it :-)