3 stars · fiction · romance · series · young adult

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

Lies Beneath

author : anne greenwood brown

pages : [hardcover] 303

memorable quote : “I don’t know why you’re so hard to convince,” I said, “But I’m really not that bad of a guy.”
“Spoken like a true serial killer.”

favorite character : calder

summary :

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.

review :

I think that I’m still searching for my perfect mermaid book, or at least one I’ll enjoy as much as Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings. I wanted to like this book so badly! It has so many different interesting aspects to it. For one the mermaid-ahem, merman-is, well, a boy. And then these are killer mermaids, more like Sirens than like Ariel. While I do like that addition I feel like this is being too overdone in YA without enough originality.

Of course there’s a romantic interest in this story . . yet Lily’s decisions don’t make any sense. She finds out Calder is practically stalking her and acts like she doesn’t like that and then proceeds to invite him along with her everywhere. I just don’t get it.

I will be continuing with this series, I think, just because I’m interested with where it can go on from here . . Though, honestly, I really liked the ending and wish that their story had ended there. An epilogue could have taken up most of the loose ends and everything else just seemed superfluous and probably put there to keep people like me hooked. I’m glad that I got this from the library.

This is an okay read. If you love mermaid books, you’ll probably enjoy this. Otherwise don’t expect anything spectacular.

3/5 stars


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