Book Review | Beneath | Blog Tour + Giveaway!
Hey everyone! To celebrate the release of Maureen A. Miller’s newest book, Beneath, I’m participating in the blog tour! Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about the book, and I’m also sharing how you can enter to win a $50 Amazon gift Card!
Title: Beneath by Maureen A. Miller
Release Date: March 26, 2018
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Print and digital
An overnight fishing trip on the Atlantic Ocean…
It was Stella Gullaksen’s final break before starting her freshman year at college. Joining her best friend, Jill, and Jill’s family aboard the STARKISSED, Stella wakes to a violent storm that capsizes the boat over a hundred miles off the New Jersey shore.
As the waves haul her under Stella knows that she is going to die. Instead, an unusual current drags her deep into the underwater canyons of the Atlantic Ocean. Powerless against the raging waters, she is suddenly sucked into a ventilated cave. One by one, Jill and her family also emerge in the sunken cavern.
With only a faulty diving flashlight to keep oblivion at bay Stella and her best friend’s brother, Colin, search the cave in hope of finding a way back to the surface. What they discover, however, is that they are not alone. There are other survivors in this subterranean grotto–survivors spanning decades of maritime disasters.
Will this discovery prove salvation, or have they all been condemned to the same fate? A grim finale at the bottom of the sea?
On an alliance forged by friendship and attraction, Stella and Colin battle to escape the danger that lies beneath.
What I Thought
*I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thank you to the author and Barclay Publicity!*
Going into this book, I didn’t know what to expect. I haven’t read Maureen Miller’s other books, and so I had no idea what I would think of her writing style. However, I was very intrigued by the plot, and that absolutely gorgeous cover, so I gave it a chance. I’m so glad I did!
The first couple of chapters, I admit, I was confused what was happening. Beneath wastes no time getting to the the actual plot. I did appreciate that this book didn’t drag on before the story started. However, it almost happened too fast. The very first page floods you with action, and so, I didn’t even know who anyone was, and yet, everything was already happening. Once I got a couple chapters in though, I was able to figure out who was who, and what actually happened, and I was able to get into the story more and really enjoy it.
I found all of the characters really interesting, too. Stella made a great protagonist, and I loved the slow-burn romance between her and a certain someone! The characters in “the Underworld,” as they call it, were all really interesting, but left me wanting a little bit more. There were a few, especially, that left me wondering are they good? Are they bad? I’m not sure yet! This book is not scary, but there were actually times where I felt a bit spooked, because I just didn’t know what to expect or who to trust.
The whole setting was well done, and the descriptions of the cave really made me feel like I was there. The explanations of how they were able to live under the ocean seemed logical and well-explained enough for me, too!
I didn’t realize Beneath was going to be a series, until I finished the book. That ending totally hooked me, and now I cannot wait to read the sequel!
Overall, this was a fun and enjoyable book. There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered, and things I’d like to see expanded upon, but hopefully, book two will help with that! I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun and mysterious YA adventure book.
About Maureen A. Miller
USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller worked in the software industry for fifteen years. She crawled around plant floors in a hard hat and safety glasses hooking up computers to behemoth manufacturing machines. The job required extensive travel. The best form of escapism during those lengthy airport layovers became writing.
Maureen’s first novel, WIDOW’S TALE, earned her a Golden Heart nomination in Romantic Suspense. After that she became hooked to the genre. In fact, she was so hooked she is the founder of the JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE website.
Recently, Maureen branched out into the Young Adult Science Fiction market with the popular BEYOND Series. To her it was still Romantic Suspense…just on another planet!
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