Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
This one sound like a very different approach to a mermaid falling in love with a human story. Anne is telling a tale of a complicated plot to murder someone out of vengeance and it involves a male mermaid seducing a woman to lure her after to his death. It sounds like a plan that could go awry and sounds like it does in an expected way. The novel is getting good reviews from readers on net galley and has my curiosity peaked. Maybe its the inverting of the little mermaid fairy tale or its the siren song of the mermaids themselves but I will be taking a look at this one. Here is a link to Anne's website where you can check out the reviews, see the book trailer and take a look at the fun looking playlist for the book. Here is the book summary...
Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of merpeople obsessed with killing Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother’s death. To lure the aquaphobic Hancock onto the lake, the mermaids charge Calder with the task of seducing the man’s daughter, seventeen-year-old Lily Hancock. “Get close to the daughter,” they tell him, “and you’ll get close to the family. Get close to the family, and you’ll get close to the man. Get him out on the water. We’ll take care of the rest.”
But Calder screws everything up by falling in love. Now he’s in the unenviable position of trying to love the girl while simultaneously plotting her father’s murder. Suffice it to say, his sisters aren’t pleased with his effort, and Calder’s running out of time (and excuses).
A Private Little War by Jason Sheehan
Ok so this novel has a totally engaging cover looking like the best of World War propaganda and has a plot that includes invading an alien planet and elimating the native inhabitants. This sounds like the kind of book where there will be a lot of good action and conflicted motivations and that I usually find very engaging. I'll add that as a steampunk fan the call of goggles and biplanes is pretty irresistible. Tor.com has an exerpt of the novel that you can read here.. And here is the synopsis from the same link..
Private “security” firm Flyboy, Inc., landed on the alien planet of Iaxo with a mission: In one year, they must quash an insurrection; exploit the ancient enmities of an indigenous, tribal society; and kill the hell out of one group of natives to facilitate negotiations with the surviving group—all over 110 million acres of mixed terrain.
At first, the double-hush, back-burner project seemed to be going well. With all the advantages they had going for them—a ten-century technological lead on the locals, the logistical support of a shadowy and powerful private military company, and aid from similar outfits already on the ground—a quick combat victory seemed reasonable. An easy-in, easy-out mission that would make them very, very rich.
But the ancient tribal natives of Iaxo refuse to roll over and give up their planet. What was once a strategic coup has become a quagmire of cost over-runs and blown deadlines, leaving the pilots of Flyboy, Inc., on an embattled distant planet, waiting for support and a ride home that may never come….
This is a small week when it comes to the things that are saying buy me.... I will be back with a bigger post next Saturday and I'll have some real reviews for you during the week