Tue, June 26, 2012

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown Review

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood book cover

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood book cover

Lies Beneath
By Anne Greenwood Brown
Publication date: June 12, 2012
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 303 pages
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley

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 irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting 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.com description

There’s a lot to like about Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown.

First, it’s a mermaid book. I was a big Ariel fan as a 5-year-old, and I’ve never quite gotten over it, so love that.

But, oh no, this merman isn’t singing under the sea about gizmos and gadgets a-plenty…he’s a murderer. Even more refreshing! In Lies Beneath, the undersea creatures are vicious, vengeful, murderers.

Oh, and did you catch that? Yep, it’s a merMAN book. I can’t think of the last time I read a paranormal book written from a male point-of-view, so this was extremely refreshing.

That being said, there was some insta-love. And some stalking, a la Mr. Edward Anthony Masen Cullen. But, if you’re a paranormal fan and looking for something a little bit darker, this would be a good choice. It wasn’t my favorite, but I definitely never thought about putting it down.

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  1. Liz @ Elizziebooks said:

    Gah, I loved Calder! Yeah, he was a bit too stalker-y, but he is a predator, so that’s something. I like the whole murderous mermaids/mermen idea b/c it totally takes what Ariel did and goes, “Well, they could be EVIL MONSTERS!” which is always a fun twist :]

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  2. Lori said:

    I started this book and never finished it. =/ Calder was a little on the creeper side for me. I just couldn’t get behind him. Not that I dislike all creepers, I love me some Edward Cullen. 😉

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  3. Tara said:

    Merman eh… reminds me a bit of Wrecked.

    And thank you for reminding me of Edward’s full name 🙂

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  4. Reut said:

    I’m going to be reading this one soon for review. I’ve seen some mixed things.. my first impression is basically that I LOVE the title 🙂

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  5. Cari said:

    LOL I love how you mentioned Edward! This one is on my to read list!

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  6. Hemborgwife said:

    This sounds like I need to get my hands on a copy! I love the idea of mer-people!

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  7. Erica said:

    I quite enjoyed this one but didn’t absolutely love it. I cannot wait for the sequel though as I really did like the covers.

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  8. Erica said:

    Errr, rather the CHARACTERS, not covers.

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  9. Jasmine Rose said:

    I’m reading along thinking to myself “Ooh, I’m glad to hear Anna liked this one.” and then you pull out this four-name-Edward thing. Are those his real names? And if so, how in the world did you remember them?! 😛

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    Anna Reply:

    It’s a skill 😉

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  10. April Books & Wine said:

    Every time I hear the term merman, I automatically think of Zoolander.

    As I am not an instalove or stalker fan, I am just going to pass on this. Glad you got a bit of enjoyment out of it though.

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