Back in the winter (!!), I went up to Grand Marais for a weekend and we hit up the cutest bookstore I’ve ever been to. I loved how they had some local authors with their works. I picked up a few different ones to check out and am happy to say I finally finished one!

I have a goal this year to read one book per month. So far this year, I’ve read the following books:


Right on track! My August book is “Lies Beneath” by Anne Greenwood Brown. Before I get into my thoughts, here’s they synopsis (to preface, this is a young adult book):

Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans and absorb their positive energy. Usually, they select their victims at random, but this time around, the underwater clan chooses its target for a reason: revenge. They want to kill Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother’s death.

It’s going to take a concerted effort to lure the aquaphobic Hancock onto the water. Calder’s job is to gain Hancock’s trust by getting close to his family. Relying on his irresistible good looks and charm, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock’s daughter Lily. Easy enough, but Calder screws everything up by falling in love–just as Lily starts to suspect there’s more to the monster-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined, and just as the mermaids threaten to take matters into their own hands, forcing Calder to choose between them and the girl he loves.

One thing’s for sure: whatever Calder decides, the outcome won’t be pretty.


I thought “Lies Beneath” was an entertaining read and I like how she pulled in some local flair from Wisconsin/Minnesota. I don’t think it’s the best YA fiction that I’ve ever read, but the first that I’ve read about mermaids. I wonder why mermaids haven’t taken off like vampires and wizards have? 

I’m passing this along to my niece… so if you are looking for a book for a high school girl who likes mermaids/water, this might be a good fit. Overall, I would probably give it 3.5 stars out of five. Solid, but not on the top of my list. 


What are you reading right now? How many books have you read this year? 

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