Sunday, June 3, 2012

Review: Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

  Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1)

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Publisher: Delacourte Books for Young Readers 
Release date: June 12, 2012
To purchase: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

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 have to say that I am really starting to like the dark and scary creatures that are crawling out from under all the romanticized ones. I mean killer mermaids?? What more could a girl ask for??!
Calder is a merman and to survive he has to steal emotions from humans, yes, this means he kills them. *shivers* From the beginning when I read this I was completely hooked. Like I said I am into the scary right now. So anyway, back to the plot.. Calder and his three sisters want revenge on the man that caused the death of their mother. They have been looking for him and hoping that he returns to the water so that they may avenge her. When this happens, Calder isn't prepared for his targets daughter and this throws a huge wrench in his plans.
Yes, there is a romantic plot thrown in, but I don't think it took away from the overall creepiness. It showed another side to Calder. I think if it had been ignored, it would have made him seem too cold. Calder and Lily were amazing and I loved how Lily didn't give into Calders charm right away. She stood her ground and that is hard to find in books these days. I also want to point out that Calders three sisters were just awesome. I know I am supposed to hate them and all, but you gotta love the twistedness of them. They were creepy and dark and I am very curious what will happen to them in the next book.
I think the author did a fantastic job interweaving old myth into the story. It was easy to understand and I felt myself believing every word she wrote. She really did an amazing job and I cannot wait to read the sequel!

                                                         4 Snowflakes

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  1. I *really* need to get on this one. I've heard so many great things about it, and my galley sits unread. Too many other books! I'll get it started this week. Really enjoyed your review-a creepy romance (especially a romance that doesn't take away from the creepiness) sounds very interesting and I'm anxious to see how Brown pulls that off.

  2. LOL I know the feeling =) This is one that I promise you will not want to miss! Aw thanks!! I just wanted to gush all over this one lol. I think Brown did a wonderful job keeping the balance between creepy and romance. I really hope you like it! Let me know when you get to it!