Thursday, August 9, 2012

Lies Beneath Review


Published: June 12th 2012 by
Pulisher: 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 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.

This is the first book I read about mermaids or merpeople. And I must say I kinda love it. Lies Beanth is an interested and entertaining read.

The mood through the entire book is dark. Ask anyone around, I love dark!
The lake, the cold water and the quest for revenge helps to build it. The description of the scenery is well written and I must say, water monster waiting to snatch you and drown you or not, I’d like to visit the place.

These mermaids aren’t like your Disney stories. Bonus points there! They’re evil. More animal than human and beautiful enough to lead you to a death trap willingly. But not all is wicked fun for them. They can’t be too long out of the water or without killing someone, they can’t break promises and they’re link to their families by a psych-bond (not something I’d like, thank you).

Calder is the only male in his family, with his older sister on the lead. They’re bound together and he can’t be free of them or help the need to go back to Lake Superior for the summer every year. His instincts force him to go back as well as to look for people to draw emotion from. You see, merpeople need happy emotions to keep their own dark feelings at bay and maintain their sanity. But Calder is different from his sisters, he wasn’t born a merman and there’s still a large part of him that holds to his humanity.

Calder’s POV was something interesting. Through the book fights between his quest for revenge on the man guilty of his mother death, the longing for a real family, his need to consume human emotions and his newly found feelings for Lily.

Lily was a harder character to get to know, mainly because Calder can’t understand her at all (boys...). She keeps a lot of what’s going on in her mind to herself. She likes poetry and dresses as a Victorian poet (Weird even for my standards) and most of all she senses there’s something wrong with Calder. This is something I enjoyed a lot about her: Calder creeps her out – considering the guy is stalking her, she has a right – and she lets him know.

Calder’s sisters were something else. Maris, Tallulah (I just love that name) and Pavati are envious, evil creatures. The three are intent on getting their revenge and you get to see some personal aspects of them. Maris is the oldest and most evil, bordering on psycho yet I can’t help but like her. From the merpeople POV you can understand her nature of hunter. Pavati is probably somewhere between both of her sisters.
She likes to “play with her food” but as a born mermaid can’t really understand Calder’s feeling and conflicts. She goes along with her nature but isn’t a soulless creature. Talullah is the closest to Calder and the one who probably is more like him.
The three add a lot to the book and the story.

Some things in the ending felt rushed, I’d have like to see some parts more developed and better laid out in the book but all in all Lies Beneath is an excellent book that put Merpeople in my radar of reading.
The Next book in the series will be in Lily’s POV and honestly I can’t wait to see what goes on inside her head or what will happen next under the surface of Lake Superior.


Anne Green­wood Brown: “I am a Min­nesota author, writ­ing about mer­maid assas­sins on Lake Supe­rior. My debut YA series begins with LIES BENEATH, com­ing June 12, 2012 from Ran­dom House/Delacorte. The sequel (cur­rently titled WATER LILY) is antic­i­pated for March 2013. Besides writ­ing and read­ing YA lit­er­a­ture, I love all things Irish, roman­tic movies, beef stroganoff, and Nutella. If I’m lis­ten­ing to music it’s Vio­lent Femmes, The Coro­nas (awe­some band out of Dublin), and Great Big Sea (out of Newfoundland)


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