This is not your typical mermaid story. First of all, the protagonist is a guy. Second, his home waters are Lake Superior – the largest of the Great Lakes. Calder is a merman, but not by choice or by birth. He must return to his adopted sisters in order to complete revenge on the Hancock family and avenge their mother. Calder unexpectedly falls in love with Lily Hancock, who is not at all fazed by his being a merman. Calder must then balance obligations to his family, a merman’s promise, and his newfound love for Lily.
I absolutely loved this book. It really hit home because I vacationed at Lake Superior throughout my childhood, and I often imagined magical creatures and monsters below the waves. The writing was superb, the characters were fascinating and quirky and so very real. The biology and myth the author creates to explain her mermaids is believable and original. I would highly recommend “Lies Beneath” to anyone interested in folklore and a YA romance from the guy’s perspective.
A fast and exciting read, “The Loop” was not at all what I expected. Ben and Maggie are caught in a Time Loop – they are doomed to relive the same two days over and over. The worst part? They die at the end of the second day. They do everything they can to fight Time and change their Fate, but what can two teens do against the whole universe?
“The Loop” was exciting, adventurous, and fun. The characters are very relateable; their emotions and dialogue are well-written and believable. The plot is fast-paced, but doesn’t leave the reader behind and confused. The lack of apocalyptic disasters and corrupt governments is refreshing, as is the stand-alone nature of the book. I definitely recommend it for middle grade and high school readers.