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Fans of Amanda Hocking's novel, Wake, will dive into this paranormal romance featuring mermaids--the killer kind--and won't come up for air!

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.

"Riveting! A cold-blooded tale of secrets, revenge, and forbidden love that will leave you terrified to go in the water."--Gretchen McNeil, author of Possess

"Scary and spooky . . . I really enjoyed reading this."--USA Today

“A haunting tale of revenge and romance.”--Justine Magazine

Review:

"Brown debuts with a mermaid novel told from the perspective of Calder White, a gorgeous teenage merman, who is torn between his family's quest for vengeance and the girl he loves. Calder and his equally beautiful sisters have spent years seeking revenge for their mother's death; their intended victim is Jason Hancock, the adult son of the man responsible for killing their mother. When Jason and his family move to Bayfield, a Wisconsin town on Lake Superior, Calder is instructed to seduce one of Jason's daughters in order to lure him into the mermaids' trap. But as Calder gets closer to (and is attracted to) Lily, she begins to suspect his secret. The mermaids' plan is slow to unfold, and their de-termination to exact revenge for a death is somewhat puzzling, considering that they themselves kill humans regularly, feeding on human happiness to survive. Variations on questions common to paranormal romances — why is Calder (who is actually several decades old) so taken with 17-year-old Lily? why is Lily so calmly accepting of Calder's murderous habits? — remain baffling. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Jacqueline Flynn, Joëlle Delbourgo Associates. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Fans of Amanda Hocking's novel, Wake, will dive into this paranormal romance featuring mermaids--the killer kind--and won't come up for air!

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.

"Riveting! A cold-blooded tale of secrets, revenge, and forbidden love that will leave you terrified to go in the water."--Gretchen McNeil, author of Possess

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.

About the Author

ANNE GREENWOOD BROWN grew up sailing the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior, leaning over the rail and wondering, with a lake that big, that ancient, what amazing thing might flash by. Now she knows. Lies Beneath is her first novel.

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moiraethefatesbookreview, April 5, 2012 (view all comments by moiraethefatesbookreview)
* Hardcover: 320 pages
* Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (June 12, 2012)
* ISBN-10: 0385742010
* Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
* Cover Art: I like it.
* Overall rating: ** 1/2 out of 5 stars
* Obtained: From the publisher in exchange for a review.


Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

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. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)


My first thought when I heard about this book, was holy cow awesome! My feeling of glee was depleted rather quickly. It wasn't at all what I was hoping for. I wanted to know more about the mermaids in this novel. What was their history? Why are they the way they are? What's the bottom line?


My main issue was the stalking. Yes, stalking. In YA there seems to be a lot of it. There are also books where it seems like stalking, but it isn't. When the stalker is hiding, and watching your every move it's stalking. It's not sweet, it's not romantic, it's illegal all over.
Now, I'm the type of girl where I don't want to be stalked, call me crazy, but yeah stalking is a major turn off.


The fact that these mermaids "feed" by zapping humans of emotions felt a lot like dementors in Harry Potter. I'm fine with similar things in books, because lets be honest any and all paranormal books have similarities. That's fine, but originality goes a long way.


It was very predictable to me and there were just too many creepy quotes in the book. Not creepy in the Stephen King holy cow that is creepy I want to sleep with the lights on way but the eww- what-a- creepy- person sort of way.


The writing style apart from the creepy quotes wasn't bad. But it also wasn't a book I couldn't put down.


For me this book is one I'll forget in a month or so and I don't think I'll be continuing the series.
Please don't let my opinion alone determine if you're going to read it or not, check out some more favorable reviews as well.
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Lieder Madchen, March 10, 2012 (view all comments by Lieder Madchen)
This book is written from the point of view of Calder, a merman who has not killed anyone for five months. He says as much at the very beginning. I couldn't help but give my computer a funny look. And then leaned closer to read the explanation. Calder is an interesting character. Despite his sister's murderous propensities, he fights his nature (which tells him to drag people into the lake and absorb their happiness). His abstinence starts out as an experiment, but after interacting more with humans it becomes more than that. Though he and his sisters have sworn to kill Jason Hancock in revenge for something his father did, fulfilling a bargain made between their mother and his father. To do this Calder gets close to Lily, Jason's daughter, and his views begin to change. I enjoyed watching how is character developed, and it should be interesting to see what happens in the sequel.

Lily Hancock, naive and poetic, is a far less complex character than Calder and yet she suits him. Her innocence teaches him a lot, and I loved how simple it was for her to accept his mythical status with the simple belief of those who read too many fairy-tales. And this story is essentially a fairy-tale; the dark and savagely beautiful kind.

The storyline is fairly predictable, with nearly the same plot as half a dozen other YA novels, only with mermaids. I loved the setting of Lake Superior and the writing style was pretty good with a lovely slow reveal of past secrets. There is a lot of potential for the second novel and I can't wait to read it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385742016
Author:
Brown, Anne Greenwood
Publisher:
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Author:
Anne Greenwood Brown
Author:
Greenwood Brown, Anne
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Children s-Fables
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 x 1.09 in 0.945 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Brown debuts with a mermaid novel told from the perspective of Calder White, a gorgeous teenage merman, who is torn between his family's quest for vengeance and the girl he loves. Calder and his equally beautiful sisters have spent years seeking revenge for their mother's death; their intended victim is Jason Hancock, the adult son of the man responsible for killing their mother. When Jason and his family move to Bayfield, a Wisconsin town on Lake Superior, Calder is instructed to seduce one of Jason's daughters in order to lure him into the mermaids' trap. But as Calder gets closer to (and is attracted to) Lily, she begins to suspect his secret. The mermaids' plan is slow to unfold, and their de-termination to exact revenge for a death is somewhat puzzling, considering that they themselves kill humans regularly, feeding on human happiness to survive. Variations on questions common to paranormal romances — why is Calder (who is actually several decades old) so taken with 17-year-old Lily? why is Lily so calmly accepting of Calder's murderous habits? — remain baffling. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Jacqueline Flynn, Joëlle Delbourgo Associates. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Fans of Amanda Hocking's novel, Wake, will dive into this paranormal romance featuring mermaids--the killer kind--and won't come up for air!

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.

"Riveting! A cold-blooded tale of secrets, revenge, and forbidden love that will leave you terrified to go in the water."--Gretchen McNeil, author of Possess

"Synopsis" by , 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.
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