Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Release Date: June 12, 2012
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Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
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Yay! Another mermaid story!
Calder is a merman. As are his three sisters. (If you can even call them sisters.) They’ve been searching for the man responsible for the death of their mother and they’ve finally found him. Now it’s time to take their revenge. Preferably watching the spark leaves his eyes as they drown him. It should be easy for Calder to use his charms on one of the man’s daughters and learn their trust so he can betray them by killing their father, right? But there is a little more than meets the eye on the waters of Lake Superior.
I didn’t really know what Lies Beneath was about, beyond the fact that there was some mermaid action going on. I almost like going into the book that way. I did have readers mention how much they didn’t like this book, or did like this book to me. So, going in I didn’t have any expectations. I wanted to like it, but I wasn’t sure that was going to happen. It did. Maybe I am just a sucker for mermaid stories, but I really like this one!
I loved the mythology that Anne created. Her mermaids aren’t blood thirsty, but emotionally thirsty. (You’ll know what I mean if you end up reading it.) The bottom line, they are killers. And for some unexplainable reason, I thought that was awesome. I would have liked the mythology to be a little bit more developed, but it was an interesting intro.
Calder’s internal battle was intriguing. Not only with his relationship with Lily, but his relationship with his sisters. And speaking of the sisters. I so wanted more from them! They were so mean and manipulative. I loved it! I just wish they would have been a bit more developed.
I didn’t really care for Lily’s character at all, nor did I get into her relationship with Calder. She started growing on me by the end, but I just didn’t get “her.” Perhaps with book two, which I believe will be in her POV, I might come to appreciate her a bit more.
Overall the things that I enjoyed about the novel, overshadowed the bits that I didn’t.