Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Beneath the Surface by Miranda Rae Carter

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Beneath the Surface (The Malions, #1)

Deep underground, an ancient species of mystic healers exist: the malions. Their capabilities are endless. Their strength is colossal. But they are also being hunted and their numbers are dwindling. 

One of them has just fallen in love with a human. 

On the west coast of Canada, sixteen-year-old Melissa Lawrences's life is about to take a turn for the worse. It could also be her saving grace.

She just can't get caught. 


Adolescence hasn’t been fun for Liss Lawrence. And after a year in Vancouver, when she’s finally adjusted to her new situation, a freak car accident sends her life spinning out of control and crashing into the world of the malions, a hidden race silently helping humanity from secret enclaves underground. 

Liss’s knowledge of the malions endangers her family when Jaredsons Securities takes an interest in her accident. Few know the men of Jaredsons Securities, an international intelligence company specializing in missing persons cases, are actually the Vykhars, ancient malion enemies whose true purpose is the eradication of the malion race. The Vykhars will stop at nothing to discover if Liss is connected with the malions, and if they do, they will exploit her.

Perhaps more dangerous still are Liss’s growing feelings for Rion, a strong-willed malion scarred by his encounters with Vykhars and carrying a secret that could destroy their relationship. But Liss has a secret and scars of her own, and Rion’s fiercely protective nature threatens to tear them back open. 

Can this pair of unlikely lovers survive the dangers of the Vykhars? And can their love survive their own misconceptions?

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Liss just wants to finish high school in peace, she's not interested in parties or her friends knowing her every secret. But when she's guilted into going to a party and gets lost, things get crazy in her life when she gets into a car accident and wakes up somewhere she never expected surrounded by a race she never knew expected. Keeping it secret though and going back to her normal life turn out to be next to impossible with men call Vyhkars coming after her for information about the mysterious Malion.

Liss thought she could put it all behind her and move on, but the more time that passes, she realizes moving on might not even be what she really wants. Especially the more she gets to know Rion.

Liss is the type to suffer in silence long before she lets anyone know there's something wrong. She likes to keep what's in her like private not telling everyone every detail of her life. It might make her seem antisocial, but that's just she way like it and if her "friends" don't like it then that's too bad and she'll move on without them.

The world created is interesting and you delve right into it. You learn about a new type of "creature" that hasn't been seen in thousands of stories and you see the bad guys that are out to get them. The Malion's are new and I loved getting to know about them and their world underground. Great start to a new series and I'm excited to see more of it to come.

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