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Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Release Date: 12 June 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Age Group: Young Adult
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.
Lies Beneath was a likeable story about mermaids that was interesting, most of all I found it intriguing to see how debut author; Anne Greenwood Brown, put her own little spin on mermaid folklore.
Anne Greenwood Brown’s mermaid were interesting in the sense that they were dark and vicious and I liked the fact that she did not shy away from these seemingly evil creatures in her writing; it only made the story all the more fun to read.
This was one of the only YA books that I have read from a male perspective which made the book a little more enjoyable and refreshing, especially since YA is mainly filled with female protagonists.
The characters were not all that relatable to me and I found that they fell a little flat, along with the writing style. The writing and characters did not catch my attention right of the bat as I got ready to dive into this new world and immerse myself in the story. This unfortunately made the book a little hard to get through and not as enjoyable from the start as I think it could have been. However, I do believe that because this is a debut novel for 2012; that Anne’s writing will only improve and the characters will develop in the next lot of books.
I will be reading her next books and look forward to supporting her as an author, after reading about this world that was fun to dive into with a pleasingly dark twist to the folklore of mermaids.
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