Monday, July 9, 2012

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
Title:Lies Beneath
Publication: June 12,2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
Audience:Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4 out 5
Source:Publisher via Netgalley
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"Human beings were the happy, shiny lures that caught our attention. They had what we craved: Optimism. Excitement. Joy. Any positive emotion could whip us into a frenzy, compel us to charge, to grab, to absorb the joy from their hearts into our own."

My Thoughts: This is so not the little mermaid but it is sweet and deadly. Jealous merpeople with killer instincts that feed off human emotions is fantastic. Though, I still like the nice mermaid stories,this a refreshing twist to the lore. Calder White is swoon worthy and although he is a killer, just couldn't help connecting with him and wanting him to be able to gain his freedom. He is different from his sisters as he was made rather than born a mermaid like his sisters. I was disturbed by one sister's unnatural attachment to Calder, even though they are not blood related, still gross. Now, the plot begins with his family seeking revenge for the death of their mother after Tom Hancock refused to keep his promise. His unsuspecting son Jason is responsible for paying that debt. The sisters come up with a plan to have Calder woo one of Hancock's daughters in an effort to lure their father to the water, but they never expected Calder to fall for Lily Hancock. He begins to question everything and realizes that the path to justice is not as clear as it seems. What starts out as deception to kill may be the one thing that can save Calder from the life he detests.The pace of this story moved at a steady pace and it was good to see the chemistry between Lily and Calder unfold gradually. The characters are fleshed out pretty well. The ending wasn't what I was expecting at all and I anxiously await the next book to see how things will turn out. So, good read about about family, love, sacrifice and truth. 


  1. I've been really looking forward to this one - there are so many awesome sounding mermaid books around this summer! Glad you enjoyed, and great review!

  2. Sounds kind of scary! I'm a bit creeped out by water creatures now. I listened to Beast and Jaws and it really freaked me out. Never going to the beach or ocean again...and if I do. I may dip my big toe in and then run back to the safety of the sand. The review has piqued my interest though.

  3. Oh this book looks so good,the perfect thriller YA book to take on vacation this summer but probably not to a cabin by a lake,lol. I have been wanting to read this so bad I hope to get it soon and your review has only made me want it more. Payday is soon! :)

  4. Awesome review :) And I agree, it was so weird how his sister was in love with Calder.


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