Tuesday 12 June 2012

REVIEW - Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

Title: Lies Beneath
Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
Series: Lies Beneath #1
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Expected Release: 12th June 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal 
Links: Goodreads / Amazon
Source: 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 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.


I was a bit two minds about this book while I was reading it. On the one hand I thought it was a very unique and interesting story and I loved the fact that it was told from a male POV. On the other hand I didn't really like some of the characters and I thought some of the decisions they made were a bit, for lack of a better word, stupid.

Lets start with what I liked. I loved the fact that it was about killer mermaids. This is the first mermaid book I have read and so the fact that the mermaids weren't all nice and wonderful was a pleasant surprise. I loved that the book was told from Calder's POV. It's not often that you come across a book told from the "bad guys" perspective (to me anyway). I liked Calder. Even though he has killed people, he doesn't want to. He tries to change the way he lives but he can't escape the clutches of his evil sisters. They love the thrill of a kill and won't let him forget what they must do. You see a lot of character growth with Calder throughout the novel and so I was able to feel for him. Lily on the other hand I didn't really connect with. I thought she fell for Calder way too quickly and was way too forgiving when she found out what Calder was and why he became so interested in her. I did like how quirky and eccentric she was though. 

The story-line was filled with many twists and turns so your were kept in suspense about what was going to happen next. When you thought you knew what way the story was going, you were taken in a different direction. Although I didn't really much care for the love story, overall I really liked the book. I will more than likely read the second one. I look forward to reading more mermaid books :)

*I was provided with a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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