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Monday, July 16, 2012

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown: Book & Audiobook Review

Lies Beneath
by Anne Greenwood Brown
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books (June 12, 2012)
Buy the book: Amazon

Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 8 hours and 23 minutes
Publisher: Listening Library Release Date: June 12, 2012
Buy the Audio: Audible

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.
I have never read a mermaid/merman book ever! I always thought that it crossed the line, there is no way mermaids exist... I mean werewolves, vampires, demon hunters, and faeries definitely exist... Well, that is what I believed, until now.

I absolutely loved this book! I am so glad Andye knows me Oh so well, since she is the one that handed me this audiobook and said...”Enjoy!”. I was so engrossed with this story almost immediately. I loved the idea of Calder (merman) turning to a masculine, good-looking eighteen year old most of the time. He only needed to be in the water six hours a day. Calder and his three sisters is determined to take revenge on Jason Hancock, the son of the man that killed their mother, years ago. They have been looking for this Hancock  for a very long time. Calder’s job was to get close to Lily, the older daughter of Jason Hancock. The siblings only wanted Jason in the end, to make the bargain/promise between Jason’s father and Calder’s mother complete! Calder ends up falling in love with Lily, and does everything in his power to keep his three merciless sisters from taking their revenge on either Jason or his daughter Lily, which means someone will have to die in the end.

This book was very interesting, sensual, sexy, dramatic, and climatic. I loved Calder, I loved Lily even more. Lily was very deep, she loved old Victorian era poetry, and she dressed very strange. She was also the first girl that didn't swoon over Calder’s charm, which means Calder had to work that much harder, to get Lily's attention.

The reader Macleod Andrews was very good. I’m not used to a male reader. All audiobooks I have listen to have been female, except for Harry Potter’s Jim Dale. Macleod Andrews was very talented, he did not have to grow on me, he was awesome from the very beginning.

Read this book, listen to this book. Either way you will thank me, this was an awesome story, and I liked how the mermaids/merman were scary, evil, sinister and murderers. If you are thinking about Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”... well that’s sweet, but you are in for a big surprise!

Profanity: Moderate 
Sexual Content: Moderate 
Violence: Moderate

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  1. This one sounds like an interesting take on the current mermaid trend. Thanks for the review!

  2. I liked the darker feel of it. I am glad that it wasn't a fluffy happy mermaid story. I actually wanted more of the sisters to be honest. I wanted to know them better. I am interested to see where the story goes from here though. Great review. Oh, and I like the new look on the blog. :)

    1. Thanks, Amy!! We were wanting to lighten things up a bit! :D

  3. I really liked this one too and actually just went to meet her recently at a small signing in Bayfield, WI where the book takes place! It's SO gorgeous there! Literally one of my favorite places in WI right on Lake Superior. The book store is great there too! A nice summer vacation place.

  4. Thanks for the review. I just read a merman book and bated it. I want to use my time wisely. This looks like a wise read.


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