Wednesday 13 June 2012

Review: Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1) by Anne Greenwood Brown

From 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 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.


Lies Beneath took me to the depths of Lake Superior and not once did I feel like coming up for air. It was brilliant!

I'm relatively new to mermaid YA and I'm already tempted to say Lies Beneath is the best(est) in the genre. The mermaids in Lies Beneath are vengeful and murderous. They kill humans by absorbing their energy and are mainly attracted to positive emotions. Calder White may not have killed a human in five months but he's now, along with his three sisters, on a mission to lure Jason Hancock to Lake Superior; given that Jason's father was said to be responsible for their mother's death.

It was very easy to get lost in this novel. I loved the setting and the little things that were revealed about these mermaids. In many ways, Calder was That Paranormal Being who tried to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily, in order to get to Jason with intense stares, relentless stalking and a lot of creepiness that could be mistaken for sexiness.

Thank you, Lily, for getting appropriately peeved and staying away rather than getting instantaneously drawn to somebody who at least initially seemed like he had CREEP written all over him. Sure, you did finally succumb to his charms but it was way after the endless stalking and when you were looking for answers of your own.

Thank you, sisters of Calder, for being a breath of fresh air! I loved to hate you! I was oddly fascinated by Maris's tenacity, Pavati's deadly charm and what became of Tallulah. There was so much to these sisters and I wanted to know even more about them.

Lies Beneath was intense and while easy to read, it also got pretty dark. The climax was a bit too formulaic but honestly, it didn't matter. I was engaged throughout and loved the fluid plot progression. It looks like this is a series (since it says it's Lies Beneath #1) which is great as I cannot wait to read and get to know even more about the mermaids and mermen in Lies Beneath!

Publication date: 12th June, 2012
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Source: NetGalley
Links: Amazon | The Book Depository | Goodreads

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


  1. I have had this book for fare too long and I have countless reviews on it. I need to get it read. I want to meet Calder and those evil sisters. Another great review! Glad you loved it as well, Pooja!

  2. Well, I guess I know this book is for me. Thanks for the heads-up.

  3. I'm so glad you enjoyed Lies Beneath! I read it a while ago and I really liked the new outlook on mermaids. Great review! :)

  4. I've never read mermaid fiction... Only when I was tiny when I read The Little Mermaid *blush* but I am so intrigued by this book. These mermaids sound brutal! You don't associate dark twist with mermaids! What happened to singing and brushing long flowing locks upon a rock?! Ha.
    I will be looking out for this one. Great review!

  5. I'm glad that you really enjoyed this book, Ajoop! I read mixed review on Lies Beneath but if you really like it, then I think I should try reading it! <3 It's awesome that there's no insta-love - most romance about sea creatures in YA usually starts with instant attraction. I think I'm going to like Calder's sisters too! ;)

    Fantastic review lovely! <3

  6. Brilliant review Ajoop! I was so glad Lily made Calder work for it, instead of just mindlessly falling for him. The sisters were wildly creepy and chilling! *shivers*

  7. Yay, awesome review. I've heard some mixed thoughts on this one...but they seem to be mostly positive. I really want to check out a mermaid book, as I have yet too, so I think this would be a good place to start...who doesn't find murdering mermaids fascinating? Not everyone? Oh, okay...haha


  8. Ooo!!!! I think I got this book off NetGalley and started reading it for a bit but then I haven't finished it :'( The e-galley probably expired already but I am so glad you enjoyed it, Ajoop!

    Awesome review! <3

  9. I've only read 1 mermaid book,Of Poseidon, but I really didn't like it. :/
    I keep hearing great things about this book and I'm very curious. Your review just convinced me to get a copy of the book for myself.
    Great review, Pooja ! :D

  10. I am glad you loved it too! Can't wait for the next one :)

  11. I loved to hate them too. Maris scared me sometimes! And Lily was great. I was cheering when she told him that she found him creepy :D I wanted to hugh her when she wasn't all swooning over his looks ^^

  12. Best(est) in the genre?! That's high praise! I love mermaids but haven't found a really good for it yet. I'm so glad Lily seemed appropriately creeped out at first because um hello if a dude is stalking you, that is NOT sexy or romantic at all. Wonderful review!

  13. I keep reading mixed reviews of this so I'm never sure about picking it up! But it's good to know you had fun reading it! There seems a lot of mermaid YA books lately so I never know which one to dive into (see what I did there! hah) fab review Ajoop! :)

  14. awesome that you loved
    sadly i did not
    gr8 review though

  15. I will take your word on this being the bestest in the mermaid genre. The ones I've read have left me annoyed and disappointed but this sounds a lot darker and more intriguing! Great review, Ajoop!

  16. Such an awesome review, Ajoop! From what you've said in your review, I think I would enjoy this especially since you gave it such high praise! I haven't read lot of mermaid books for young adults so I'm really intrigued by this one!


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