Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lies Beneath - Anne Greenwood Brown

Synopsis: 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. (From Goodreads)

This is the second mermaid book I've ever read. I read one last year and didn't care for it at all. So I was wary to venture back into the genre. I chose to pick this one up because Anne Greenwood Brown is a Minnesota author and parts of the book take place in MN. I've also lived on a lake most of my life and so I was more than curious about mermaids that live in lakes. Granted, my lakes are no where near the size of Lake Superior, but still, it was intriguing. And I will say that, even though I'm not a big swimmer, I'll probably be a little more wary if I venture into the water this summer.

I'm so glad I picked up this book, because not only are mermaids a fresh creature for me, but the way the story is told is refreshing. I thoroughly appreciated both the fact that the story is told from the male perspective and from the view of the paranormal creature. The story is still girl meets someone more than human, is in danger, but falls for him anyway - but the voice is that of the dangerous paranormal - not the unwitting human girl. Just that small switch in perspective made all the difference. Calder was a great narrator. He's a guy who's under the control of all the women in his life. All he wants is freedom and revenge. Watching him struggle with his natural dark impulses and try to find a way to escape from that was fascinating. And when he couldn't figure out why humans acted a certain way, I was charmed by him.

His sisters are something else. I'd want to escape from them too. The dynamics in this family were complex and twisted. They're his support system and his lifeline, but they're crazy. Each of his sisters has some serious issues. They're great characters, as I think I'd be interested in reading about what each one of their lives had been like up until this point.

Lily is also a great, colorful character, but, even for a love story, she doesn't seem to be the main event. It's kind of like everything in this book is just slightly out of focus. And since either Calder is out of his element on land or Lily is out of her element on water, that writing technique is wonderful. Reading this book is like realizing you're having a really fascinating dream and you do everything you can to hold onto sleep so you can find out where your subconscious is going to take you. It has a quality that is subtle and just out of reach of explanation.

I love books that portray the northwoods the right way. The second Lily said, "Uff da," this book latched on to my heart. I'm very proud of my Minnesota accent and when I hear Minnesota speak I feel immediate kinship. But that's just a part of why I love this book. The setting is gorgeous, the characters are wonderful, and the writing style is just lovely.

4 comments:

  1. I loved how creepy the sisters were. You don't often see female characters with that many issues. I definitely want to know more about them! This was for sure a great book! Great review, glad you picked this one up

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  2. I loved the switch in perspective too. And the fact that she did TRY to avoid him which isn't always the case in paranormal romances...especially when the guy is dangerous. I loved Lies Beneath and I'm so glad to see someone else did too! :]

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  3. Sounds like an awesome read! I can't wait to get this one! :)

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  4. Nice review! I really enjoyed the book, too! I find it so surprising that she's debut and yet she's all over the book blogosphere.
    I was really surprised it was in a guy's perspective; you don't see that a lot, but I reaaallly liked that about the book. Did ya hear the next one will be in Lily's POV??
    Here's my review for it: http://milliedswords.blogspot.com/2012/06/lies-beneath-by-anne-greenwood-brown.html

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lies Beneath - Anne Greenwood Brown

Synopsis: 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. (From Goodreads)

This is the second mermaid book I've ever read. I read one last year and didn't care for it at all. So I was wary to venture back into the genre. I chose to pick this one up because Anne Greenwood Brown is a Minnesota author and parts of the book take place in MN. I've also lived on a lake most of my life and so I was more than curious about mermaids that live in lakes. Granted, my lakes are no where near the size of Lake Superior, but still, it was intriguing. And I will say that, even though I'm not a big swimmer, I'll probably be a little more wary if I venture into the water this summer.

I'm so glad I picked up this book, because not only are mermaids a fresh creature for me, but the way the story is told is refreshing. I thoroughly appreciated both the fact that the story is told from the male perspective and from the view of the paranormal creature. The story is still girl meets someone more than human, is in danger, but falls for him anyway - but the voice is that of the dangerous paranormal - not the unwitting human girl. Just that small switch in perspective made all the difference. Calder was a great narrator. He's a guy who's under the control of all the women in his life. All he wants is freedom and revenge. Watching him struggle with his natural dark impulses and try to find a way to escape from that was fascinating. And when he couldn't figure out why humans acted a certain way, I was charmed by him.

His sisters are something else. I'd want to escape from them too. The dynamics in this family were complex and twisted. They're his support system and his lifeline, but they're crazy. Each of his sisters has some serious issues. They're great characters, as I think I'd be interested in reading about what each one of their lives had been like up until this point.

Lily is also a great, colorful character, but, even for a love story, she doesn't seem to be the main event. It's kind of like everything in this book is just slightly out of focus. And since either Calder is out of his element on land or Lily is out of her element on water, that writing technique is wonderful. Reading this book is like realizing you're having a really fascinating dream and you do everything you can to hold onto sleep so you can find out where your subconscious is going to take you. It has a quality that is subtle and just out of reach of explanation.

I love books that portray the northwoods the right way. The second Lily said, "Uff da," this book latched on to my heart. I'm very proud of my Minnesota accent and when I hear Minnesota speak I feel immediate kinship. But that's just a part of why I love this book. The setting is gorgeous, the characters are wonderful, and the writing style is just lovely.

4 comments:

  1. I loved how creepy the sisters were. You don't often see female characters with that many issues. I definitely want to know more about them! This was for sure a great book! Great review, glad you picked this one up

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  2. I loved the switch in perspective too. And the fact that she did TRY to avoid him which isn't always the case in paranormal romances...especially when the guy is dangerous. I loved Lies Beneath and I'm so glad to see someone else did too! :]

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  3. Sounds like an awesome read! I can't wait to get this one! :)

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  4. Nice review! I really enjoyed the book, too! I find it so surprising that she's debut and yet she's all over the book blogosphere.
    I was really surprised it was in a guy's perspective; you don't see that a lot, but I reaaallly liked that about the book. Did ya hear the next one will be in Lily's POV??
    Here's my review for it: http://milliedswords.blogspot.com/2012/06/lies-beneath-by-anne-greenwood-brown.html

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