Tuesday, June 26, 2012

{Book Review} Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

Lies Beneath
Series: Lies Beneath (#1)
Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
Published: June 12, 2012
by Delecorte Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC by Netgalley
Pages: 303
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, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistible good looks and charm on unsuspecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him. {Goodreads}
 Lies Beneath is (once again) a first for me. A first of what? My first mermaid/merman book! Ya, I have never read one in my life! ...Well, unless you count The Little Mermaid children's books. Haha And let me tell you.....The Little Mermaid...is...a....lie!!! *gasp!* Yupp! You heard it folks! A lie!!! :O Mermaids aren't these nice happy people...merpeople...of Atlantis. *tears up* Ya, it's kinda depressing. So, what are mermaids you ask? Let me tell you. But be warned....you might be a wittle frightened.... Mer-people are vicious, coldblooded killers! *another gasp* I told you!! You surprised?...to be honest...I wasnt lol I knew that there were sirens and not-so-nice-mermaids. That that is what they actually are. Then why go through all this? Cus...I have a flair for the dramatic and....I had never read a book where the mermaid../mermen...are killers.

 This book took an even bigger turn. In this book the mermaids../mermen..kill for one reason. Reason being: They have to feed(kill) for the chance to feel positive emotion. Now I don't know about you but for me...I had never heard of this. Again I knew mermaids were actually killers but I never heard this reason. Pretty cool right? So yes, indeed, they put on a show to lure they're prey into the water (how exactly...they're good looks! Duh!) and suck out all of the raw positive emotion out of them so that they can fill they're own emotionless void.

 But of course that's not the whole theme of this book. In this book...these mermaids...and one merman...have another reason to kill...revenge. Bumm Bumm Bumm!! Long ago, they're mother was killed. A promise was broken. And a dept needed to be paid. A dept with the price of one man...a Hancock...to be killed. 

 I loved this book for all the creativity and how it goes into a perfect amount of detail of the mermaids. Not too much information where it seems that that is only what the book is about. Not too less where you have absolutely no clue what the heck is going on but the perfect amount where you get your story line and understand everything you need to know.

 I loved that it was written from Calder's pov. I loved Calder! He was hot and he knew it...but not as vain as his sisters. He had depth. Depth no one could see...it made him real, mysterious and oh so very likeable! 

 I loved Lily! How she played along as if she didn't have a care in the world! about Calder!! She is classified in my book as one tough a$$ chica! Sure, she didn't go into battle weilding a sword like some crazy intense girl. Sure she didn't save the world. Sure!!! She didn't have to race against time as the whole world as we knew it was falling apart!!! But! She deserves the title..why? Cus she fought Calder! Haha yes. That wins a metal. She fought his charming good looks and persistent character. His lovely entrancing voice. His perfection and his words. Of course...she eventually gave in but hell! Who wouldnt! She fought as long and as hard as possible! PLus! She made the ultimate sacrifice! She was brave and she fought for family!

 This book was so good!I am soo glad I got it on Netgalley! The ending was twisted and some parts I didn't see coming! The plot kept me intrigued and the writing kept me enthralled! Oh! And the title! Well picked! Two different meanings in itself! I say dive into this book head first and go for a leasery swim! Hahaha look at me! Trying to make puns! ;b I was sucked into this book from the first page! Go read and go love! Seriously guys!

Thanks for reading and stopping by! :)


  1. Great review! I can't believe this was your first mermaid book! I've had a few in my lifetime, but it's great that this one went really well for you! :) I've heard mixed things, but I really want to read this book now! I'm really curious about the ending now. :)

    Eileen @ ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***

    1. Thanks! Hahah yupp! It sure is! I have another on my shelf..just haven't gotten to it quite yet lol! Ya so have I but I really liked it! It was nice and refreshing lol idk how to explain it haha...It was just a nice read! You should totaly check it out for yourself! :)

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. I have to say, I am thankful I have found your blog! I have come to the point where I was constantly finding only books very similar to each other, and it made my reading-life boring! I have been able to find books and authors I have never heard of, and ones that I would love to read too! I am looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the review!


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