Expected Publication: June 12th
Lies Beneath the debut novel by Anne Greenwood Brown is set on
The story in Lies Beneath was very well developed and the writing is spectacular. Forget everything you think you know about Mermaids. The mermaids in Lies Beneath are not The Little Mermaid and her sisters these mermaids are murderous, vengeful, and a bit monstrous. This made the story all the more enjoyable for me!
It was refreshing to have a male point of view in a YA novel. Calder was just the right mix of mysterious, brooding, and caring. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about Calder. He was so focused on the mission to kill Hancock that I had a hard time relating to that bloodlust. It wasn’t until Calder realized his feelings for Lily that I began to really like him in earnest. I loved the slow pace the relationship between Lily and Calder took, too often YA relationships just happen and the girl falls for the boy. In Lies Beneath Calder had to work to get Lily’s attention and even then she tried to push him away, it was a nice change! I loved what a strong girl Lily was, it made for a more realistic heroine.
This is my first encounter with mermaids. Like the faerie genre I have steadfastly avoided anything to do with mermaids and now that I have had my first taste I keep asking myself why? I thoroughly enjoyed Lies Beneath and am now eagerly awaiting the second book in the series Deep Betrayal! I think a trip to
Lake Superior is in the works to make the long wait a little more bearable.
Thank your Random House Children's Books and Anne Greenwood Brown for allowing me to review an advanced readers copy of Lies Beneath.