Review: Lies Beneath

6.12.2012
Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

Published June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers 

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 irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting 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.
Vengeful mermaids with the urge to kill. Tons of great mermaid lore twisted into something that fits this book perfectly. 

I love the evil mermaids. I love the way Brown writes - it's blunt and to-the-point, but she makes you feel like you're there. Lies Beneath is an incredibly creepy book, sometimes, and that's all because of the writing style. This book is told from Calder's point of view, a merman with plenty of urges - most of them to kill. While Calder's narration wasn't always enjoyable, (sometimes it was just gross. I don't appreciate reading about your urges to steal people's energies, thanks) it was definitely different. Most narrations - whether female or male - are from people you consider "the good guys." And while Calder isn't necessarily the bad guy, he's not like others. He's much darker.

And Calder's sisters? I've seen it all over the reviews, but I'd never imagined how creepy they could be. They're the kind of girls you want to know more about . . . but never get anywhere close to.

Many readers have loved the relationship between Lily and Calder. I, however . . . didn't. Sure, it's kind of cool, how their relationship starts out as a dark plot for revenge and turns into something more, but . . . Calder stalks Lily. A lot. Through the entire book. In a creepy way. Not to mention I feel as if the two of them had no chemistry - except when they were kissing. 

Then there's the plot itself. While I love the way Brown writes mermaids, and I love the way that they're an important part of the plot yet not the entire plot, the rest of it was simply boring to me. The entire novel is centered around that plan for revenge. There are certainly a few surprises, but for the most part, the plot had no sustenance, I suppose you could say. There wasn't much going on for me. 

Overall: I love the writing style of Lies Beneath. But it seems like that's all I loved. The narration was certainly unique, but the character who gave the narration just wasn't someone I found interesting. The plot really didn't keep me hooked. 2 stars.

~Zoey~
6 comments on "Review: Lies Beneath"
  1. I've heard mixed things about this one. Great review! I'll keep it in mind but it's definitely not on the higher up list right now!

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  2. Shmeh. That's a shame. :( Because this one sounds awesomely creepy, but I've yet to find anything romantic in someone obsessively stalking their love interest. O____o I just don't see how that generates warm, fuzzy feelings.

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  3. Hm, I feel like this book is a hit or miss type. I like the sound of it and the creepiness and I'll probably end up reading it just to see what's up. However, I love the honesty in your review. You brought up good points. I like to connect to the MC of the book and if he/she is not interesting enough, it's hard for me to get through it. Nonetheless, I liked reading your thoughts on this book! I've been on the fence about getting it now or later and I think I can give it a little wait before I make any decisions. :)

    Jessirae @ Words, Pages, and Books

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  4. Stalkerish love interest is always a turn-off, but I was intrigued by the revenge plot! Disappointed to hear that it had no sustenance. Was hoping for some really interesting character development. Might borrow this from a friend :)

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  5. This is such a disappointment!! I was really looking forward to this one. I've also been having issues when it's lacking in plot :(

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  6. Woot! I just got this book from the library!!! I'm so excited!!! Most people liked it!!! And Anne is super nice. I'm not a huge fan of mermaid storyies (The Little Mermaid, ew), but killer mermaids?! That's fine with me. I can sort of see why you gave it two stars, but I'm still crazy excited to read it. Thanks for the review!!!! Can't wait for Deep Betrayal :)

    Alyssa Susanna <3

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6.12.2012

Review: Lies Beneath

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

Published June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers 

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 irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting 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.
Vengeful mermaids with the urge to kill. Tons of great mermaid lore twisted into something that fits this book perfectly. 

I love the evil mermaids. I love the way Brown writes - it's blunt and to-the-point, but she makes you feel like you're there. Lies Beneath is an incredibly creepy book, sometimes, and that's all because of the writing style. This book is told from Calder's point of view, a merman with plenty of urges - most of them to kill. While Calder's narration wasn't always enjoyable, (sometimes it was just gross. I don't appreciate reading about your urges to steal people's energies, thanks) it was definitely different. Most narrations - whether female or male - are from people you consider "the good guys." And while Calder isn't necessarily the bad guy, he's not like others. He's much darker.

And Calder's sisters? I've seen it all over the reviews, but I'd never imagined how creepy they could be. They're the kind of girls you want to know more about . . . but never get anywhere close to.

Many readers have loved the relationship between Lily and Calder. I, however . . . didn't. Sure, it's kind of cool, how their relationship starts out as a dark plot for revenge and turns into something more, but . . . Calder stalks Lily. A lot. Through the entire book. In a creepy way. Not to mention I feel as if the two of them had no chemistry - except when they were kissing. 

Then there's the plot itself. While I love the way Brown writes mermaids, and I love the way that they're an important part of the plot yet not the entire plot, the rest of it was simply boring to me. The entire novel is centered around that plan for revenge. There are certainly a few surprises, but for the most part, the plot had no sustenance, I suppose you could say. There wasn't much going on for me. 

Overall: I love the writing style of Lies Beneath. But it seems like that's all I loved. The narration was certainly unique, but the character who gave the narration just wasn't someone I found interesting. The plot really didn't keep me hooked. 2 stars.

~Zoey~

6 comments:

  1. I've heard mixed things about this one. Great review! I'll keep it in mind but it's definitely not on the higher up list right now!

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  2. Shmeh. That's a shame. :( Because this one sounds awesomely creepy, but I've yet to find anything romantic in someone obsessively stalking their love interest. O____o I just don't see how that generates warm, fuzzy feelings.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hm, I feel like this book is a hit or miss type. I like the sound of it and the creepiness and I'll probably end up reading it just to see what's up. However, I love the honesty in your review. You brought up good points. I like to connect to the MC of the book and if he/she is not interesting enough, it's hard for me to get through it. Nonetheless, I liked reading your thoughts on this book! I've been on the fence about getting it now or later and I think I can give it a little wait before I make any decisions. :)

    Jessirae @ Words, Pages, and Books

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  4. Stalkerish love interest is always a turn-off, but I was intrigued by the revenge plot! Disappointed to hear that it had no sustenance. Was hoping for some really interesting character development. Might borrow this from a friend :)

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  5. This is such a disappointment!! I was really looking forward to this one. I've also been having issues when it's lacking in plot :(

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  6. Woot! I just got this book from the library!!! I'm so excited!!! Most people liked it!!! And Anne is super nice. I'm not a huge fan of mermaid storyies (The Little Mermaid, ew), but killer mermaids?! That's fine with me. I can sort of see why you gave it two stars, but I'm still crazy excited to read it. Thanks for the review!!!! Can't wait for Deep Betrayal :)

    Alyssa Susanna <3

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