Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Review: Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

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  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Souce: eARC from NetGalley/Random House for review
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Overview

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.

My Thoughts 


It seems like Mermaid books are the thing this year. When I heard about this book I was really excited for it. I knew it was a darker story, not a fluffy Little Mermaid type book. I have to start by saying that I did like it, but I was a bit let down. Even without having any expectations either way going into it. I will say that I really enjoyed the darker side of the story, I thought it was interesting and I wanted to know more. And I liked that it was from Calder's POV since I totally love when books are in told from the male perspective. But the characters to me really fell flat. I don't know if it's just me, since I have seemed to have that problem with a lot of books recently. 


Calder is obviously different from his sisters. That is made pretty obvious from the start. They feed off happy human emotions since they can't make their own, but Calder has been a long time without killing a human. He thinks of it as his experiment. I didn't really like him all that much at first, he wasn't really a jerk or anything, I just didn't feel like he was a very great either. He did eventually win me over though as he started to fall for Lily. It was actually pretty sweet. He tried to fight it since he knows that they are going to kill her father, but he just can't get her out of his mind. He realizes that it is going to hurt her if she loses her father and he is having some major internal struggle. I knew what he was feeling, but unfortunately I didn't really feel the emotion. I really wanted to connect, but I didn't. 


Lily is a character I liked. She is very much her own person. She doesn't do things that other people want and she is very perceptive and persistent. She is really sweet, but I don't really feel like we got to know her very well. And when she finally lets Calder see that she is falling for him, she seems a little bit obsessive almost. Like I noticed with Calder, I knew the things she was feeling, but the emotion didn't jump out of the pages at me. 


Calder's sisters have devised a great plan to get Jason Hancock into the water so they can get their revenge on him. If they kill him on land it is not considered honorable. Calder is trying his best to get close to Lily in order to get close to Jason. There is more to the situation then we initially think though, and whether right or wrong, Calder knows that they need to carry out the plan. His sisters are truly evil. I couldn't stand Maris. I don't think we are supposed to like her. Pavati wasn't too bad, I actually didn't mind her too much. She had a few redeeming qualities about her, but she was still pretty evil too. And Tellulah, I just don't even know what to say about her. It's in their nature to be the way they are though. That is why they kill humans and absorb their happy auras. They are just miserable creatures.  


Even thought I didn't care much for the sisters, I wish we had gotten a little more of them in the story. I also would have liked to get to know Lily's family a little better. Especially Sophie. It seems like there is something important about her. She was just kind of a pawn in this book, but I can't help but feel there is more to her. Overall I would say this was an enjoyable book. I am interested to know where it goes from here so I will definitely continue on with the series. 3 out of 5 stars

26 comments:

  1. I'm mermaid-neutral (lol), but I actually have only read one mermaid book, Tangled Tides, which was pretty good. I havent seen the best feedback for this one. I'm not sure that I'd seek it out. So many ppl have issues with the characters. I'm glad you basically managed to enjoy it.
    Nice review!

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    1. I had seen so many mixed reviews on it (anywhere between 2 to 5 stars) so I had no clue what to think going into it. I made sure to have no expectations. I really was just okay. It was fine to keep reading, but it was kind of like when you are watching one of your shows on tv and it's not a great episode, but you enjoy it enough to keep watching lol!! I didn't pull me in, but it didn't make me want to stop either.

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  2. I have yet to read a mermaid book, it seems like they get very wishy washy reviews so I'm really nervous, though I do have The Vicious Deep. This one sounds like one where I would like the secondary plot line more than the main one, what you said about the sisters luring the man into the water has me intrigued! Great review Amy!

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    1. I actually want to read The Vicious Deep. That one sounds pretty good. This one wasn't bad. I just didn't connect with the story or the characters. I like to feel like I am part of the story and I didn't get that with this one.

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  3. I've heard mixed things about this one. Sucks that the characters fell flat, I hate that. It definitely seemed like it would have been a good book. Think I'll hold out on reading this one for now with everything else I have going on. Great review =)

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    1. I figured it would be a middle of the spectrum book for me after seeing so many mixed things about it. I was hoping I would like it more, but I wasn't expecting it.

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  4. I've only been seeing mostly Meh reviews like this about this book so I'm glad I decided to skip it. I'm so tired of mermaid book too none has ever impressed me. Plus I'm big on characters so I doubt this one would be much better for me. I'm a bit intrigued by the darker plot but I won't be reading it anytime soon >.<

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    1. The darker plot was cool, but I really didn't feel any of the characters. I hope that the next one is better.

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  5. It sounds interesting, the only mermaid book I read this year was Of Poseidon and I for the most part did enjoy it! But you're right, mermaids of the flavour this year :D that and Dystopian....

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    1. I liked Of Poseidon a bit more than this one, but not my much. They are very different from each other, but I didn't connect with the characters in either book.

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  6. Bummer this one didn't really work for you, but I agree that it's much better when you can relate to the characters more. I love character-driven books a lot anyway, so I suppose I would think that. LOL I haven't read this but I am a bit curious. I really just want to try a mermaid book in general...i still haven't.

    -lauren

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    1. I'm a very character driven reader too. I like to be emotionally invested in a book when I am reading it. It's so much more enjoyable when you can really feel what they are feeling.

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  7. I'm still looking for that mermaid book to fall in love with! Hoping it might be Fathomless by Jackson Pearce!

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    1. Ohhh I haven't heard of that one!! *runs off to goodreads*

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  8. Keep going back and forth on whether to read this book. Part of me wants to and then I read reviews like yours and think I've got enough to read. Thanks for the great review, girl.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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    1. I need to get more picky with my books I think. I have so many to review. Most of them I am really looking forward to, but some I think I could have passed over.

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  9. I've seen some mixed reviews on this one. I love mermaid stories, but I'm not sure about this one. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Yeah, I have seen people who loved this one and people who have hated it. I was just in between. I enjoyed it and I am interested to see where it goes, but I didn't love it.

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  10. I actually loved this one! haha I enjoyed the darker story and the male pov too. It was refreshingly well done! ANd your right about Calder's sisters. My my my! THey were totally diabolical! I wold sooo not want to be caught in a dark alley with one of them, let alone all 3! haha

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    1. I liked the story, but I am a very character driven reader, so I need to feel that connection with them. This book unfortunately didn't give me that. Otherwise I would have enjoyed it more I think.

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  11. Hmm... I'm a little on the edge with this book. I've only read one another mer-centric book and that was Of Poseidon (which I flippin loved!!) but I'm not sure I'm too into the whole "mermaid" concept. However, I feel like I'll eventually get around to reading this one. Great review! :)

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    1. This one is much different than Of Poseidon. I like that it's much darker. I was hoping to get a bit more out of this book though.

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  12. Great review! However cool a concept may be, I know flat characters can always be a big downer. It's just hard to fully enjoy something when you can't feel invested in the story and its characters. I'm sorry this one was a bit of a letdown. :(

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    1. Yes!! Exactly what you said. I want to be invested in the characters. If I am there with them, feeling what they are feeling, that just makes a book so much better to me. Otherwise I feel like I am just looking on as things happen. I want to experience it, not be a spectator.

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  13. I never finished this one. =/ I tried reading it right after vacation and I guess it was just a bad time. I had no patience for it. I'm happy that you enjoyed it! I'll give it another try eventually.

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  14. Lol!! I don't know if the patience thing will improve. I did enjoy it, but it was a bit draggy a lot of the time.

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