Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Review: Lies Beneath [Lies Beneath #1] by Anne Greenwood Brown

Lies Beneath [Lies Beneath #1]
Published by: Delacorte Press
Anne Greenwood Brown
Release Date: June 12th 2012
( Barnes & Noble / Goodreads )
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.
*An eGalley was provided to me by Random House and NetGalley for review purposes.*


I have come to be a HUGE fan of NetGalley and all its wonders. Thanks to them and Random House publishing I was lucky enough to get my hands on this debut book From Anne Greenwood Brown. Let me tell you, mermaids [or should I say mermen] have never looked so good, or so absolutely creepy. I have not read that many mermaid books and I fell head over fins for this. Deception and revenge. Two words I feel fit perfectly with this story. You get plenty of both and then some. But that’s not all that awaits you in these pages.

I really enjoyed the fact that we got the story from Calder [a sexy alluring merman] and not from one of his sisters. Because typically that is what I see when I browse mermaid books, so it was a nice little change. But once I cracked open [well, touched open] this book I was hooked.  You get a feel for Calder and all of his uniqueness before you see what mermaids really like to do. I was kind of freaked out by Maris and Pavati, though his third sister Tallulah seemed to have a control on her craziness. See, mermaids are not all nice and pretty, they are deadly beautiful and won’t hesitate to suck your happiness [and soul] away. [Sounds a little like dementors right?!] And they have their sights set on revenge, with or without Calder’s help.

The love story in this book was nothing short of amazing. I really enjoyed Calder and Lily’s relationship for one fact only. He thought he was smooth and would get her to fall for him right away, and all he did was creep her out. You know, eventually Lily succumbed to her feelings for Calder, but I thought that was great. Lily was strong, determined, and forceful. I loved how surprising she was from page to page and I completely understand how Calder was so enthralled by her. As I kept reading, I was entranced in the words on the page and what was going on. Anne writing is so detailed that I couldn’t help but feeling like I was right there. There were gasps, screeching, yelling and some punching of a pillow. Anne had no trouble extracting my emotions from this story.

Reading this story unfold was nothing short of thrilling. I was surprised, pissed, giddy, and so much more. Anne Greenwood Brown has successfully captured me in her tangled web of words and I can’t wait to read more of Lily and Calder’s story. This story packs a punch and an action packed ending that will leave you with such a craving for the next book, you may take a bite out of someone near you. So yeah, don't say I didn't warn you folks!

Four n' a half Stars
[You can suck my happiness any day Calder]
**** **** **** ****
Eeep people! This book seriously made me love mermaids, or should I say mermen. You need to check this beauty out and fall for Calder all on your own. I don't want to be blamed for it. [:

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad to hear that you liked this one. I haven't read a mermaid book yet, and this one sounds great. I'm going toh ave to pick it up!

    Thanks so much for the review. ;)