Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Book Spotlight: Lies Beneath

This book was sent to me during the summer months, and I've been looking forward to sharing it with you. FYI: I actually have quite a few reviews to share with you, books which were sent to me prior to my decision to change my review policy. (Oh yeah, I haven't shared that change with you yet. I will soon...)

Title: Lies Beneath
Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
Genre: paranormal/fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Released: June 12, 2012
Pages: 303

I'd like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy of this book for review.

Favorite Line/Passage: As my hands pierced the surface, the icy temperature sliced through my skin, upward and outward, like a thousand razors. My heart constricted, and my mouth contorted with pain. White blossoms of clean bright light bloomed in my field of vision. Water filled my ears with a tinny ringing. The freezing water rushed into my lungs, and I took my first deep breath in what felt like days, luxuriating in the fullness of it.

Description: 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.


My Splats: a tale of mystical intrigue, family tensions, snarky teen attitudes spiced with a bit of creepy, and longing to own one's self. A masterful play on life and emotions, circumstances and positions, honor and integrity. 

It's difficult for me to share my thoughts about this book with you. Why? Because there is so much to tell; it was that good. The structure of the story was ingenious, yet easy to follow. And by structure, I'm not referring to the writerly perspective but the readerly one - small glimpses of Calder scatter throughout the opening, but mostly focus on his here and now. As the story travels, I was given more and more crumbs which turned into pieces and eventually chunks. Creative descriptions moved me to see, hear, and feel Calder's make believe surroundings.

My other main reason for enjoying this story so much is that the male POV was refreshing. Calder has a bold voice. He's troubled from many angles, which is only aggravated by his relationship with his sisters. The dialog is clever to even a teasing degree at times.

By chapter three, the story unfolds with a sinister air, building instant tension. An old grip and promise for revenge moves tensions between Calder's sisters to escalate; a dominant sister controls them all, leaving one submissive and the other wanting out. But then Calder has a run-in with a new family in town and their two daughters - one young and Lily the big sister. This gives Calder his own issues, raising questions about himself and his beginnings that he's buried deep inside. And when Calder is presented with the task of aiding in his sisters' revenge pact, which includes harming Lily or her little sister, his inner struggle totally climaxes. 

His budding relationship with Lily the paranormal mixed with the average teenage jitters. Does she like me? Why does she make me feel this way? Why do I want her to like me when all it will do is get in my way? Lily's family's history plays a stunning role in the story's climax, and as a reader, you just might be torn.

What is your take on mermaids, or mer-men??

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  1. This sounds awesome Sheri. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. Wow - that does sound good! Thanks for the review!

  3. Terrific review, Sheri...

    I hope you had a wonderfully special Thanksgiving weekend with you fine family.

  4. Anne Greenwood Brown lives where I do, and I've had the privilege of running into her at a literary event before her book came out. Delightful, fun lady. But...I haven't read this yet! Thanks so much for reminding me to do that!

  5. Glad I saw your review. I actually passed this one up in favor of another book (Anything But Ordinary) last time I was in Barnes and Noble. Might have to go give it a second chance!
    I found your blog over at the facebook exchange and am now a follower :) Hope you can follow me back! Lifeunpublished.blogspot.com

  6. Ooooh! I like the review of this book. I need to add it to my Kindle samples. Right now!

  7. That sounds sooooo good. And the cover is killer (get it, murderous mermaids? ;)!

    1. Yeah, murderous. :) What really sold me on it was the male voice. Guess I'm a stickler for the guys.

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  9. Nice! I've seen this one around a lot and your review makes me really wanna read it. Man, how am I gonna ever read all these great books??? LOL I just can't keep up!

  10. I love snarky teen voice and I love the male POV. Great that you posted about this one. p.s. I signed up to follow you again. I wish Blogger would like me enough not to kick me out! :-)

  11. Sounds awesome! LOve the voice! Thank you for sharing, S!

  12. Excellent review! Makes me want to go pick the book up asap :)

  13. I love the idea of mer-people. Murderous ones sound even more intriguing. Great reviews.


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