Sunday, September 30, 2012

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

Series: Lies Beneath #1
Publisher: Delacourte Books
Published: June 12, 2012
Pages: 303, US Hardcover
Edition Reviewed: ebook
Source: ARC via 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 and absorb their positive energy. Usually, they select their victims at random, but this time around, the underwater clan chooses its target for a reason: revenge. They want to kill Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother's death.
It's going to take a concerted effort to lure the aquaphobic Hancock onto the water. Calder's job is to gain Hancock's trust by getting close to his family. Relying on his irresistible good looks and charm, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter Lily. Easy enough, but Calder screws everything up by falling in love--just as Lily starts to suspect there's more to the monster-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined, and just as the mermaids threaten to take matters into their own hands, forcing Calder to choose between them and the girl he loves.
One thing's for sure: whatever Calder decides, the outcome won't be pretty.
PLOT: Initially, I was skeptical about this book. I have only ever read 1 other mermaid book before, and it was only OK. I saw this title up for grabs on NetGalley, and decided "what the heck?" The plot is about Calder, a merman, who is seeking revenge for his mother's death. The plan is to kill his mother's killer's son for that revenge. In order to get close to him, Calder will have to get close to his eldest daughter, Lily. However, he doesn't plan to fall in love with her. The premise for me was very interesting, and I'm a sucker for forbidden love. While I wasn't totally in love with the book, I did enjoy it more than I originally thought I would. THE MAIN DRAG FOR ME IN THIS BOOK WAS THE LOVE STORY. I didn't feel any attraction what-so-ever. For me there was no passion, and no spark. I couldn't understand why Calder and Lily loved each other. While it wasn't exactly the insta-love that I hate so much, it did seem like they fell in love too fast. And I honestly didn't see and connection between the two of them.
CHARACTERS:  I really enjoyed all the main characters, with the exception of Lily. She seemed a little one dimesional to me. As far as the mermaids were concerned, I thought they were written beautifully. Especially Calder and Maris. I really enjoyed how the author made Maris a mermaid that stuck to her roots so to speak. Merpeople were supposed to dangerous, beautiful, and deadly. That's what Maris was. She had no convictions, no guilt. As for Calder, he was aslo written like that. But inside he was the opposite as far as the convictions and guilt were concerned.
3 out of 5 stars

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