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to June 21, 2012
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 303
Genre/s: Young Adult, Mermaids
My first mermaid book and unfortunately I couldn't really say I loved it.
In all fairness, I love the concept of mermaid here. They're not the Disney version. They don't sing, they don't collect human artifacts, they don't certainly save drowning humans. They kill and they are dangerous. Promises are of the utmost regard for them and if it's broken then you have to repay it, no matter the cost.
Lies Beneath had a gorgeous cover and it also had the best opening line I've read in a while. It hooked me right in, but sadly, my interest level was not sustained. Why? Because I felt like I've read this kind of story a thousand times before. The only difference was it was told in a male POV and there were mermaids. After the novelty lost its charm, everything just started to go bland.
It's not exactly gripping either. Mostly because, the plot line was predictable and I couldn't connect to any characters. But Lily is commendable because she thinks and she didn't fall for Calder immediately. They read poems at each other, too, which honestly didn't help. I never really like poems. I suck I know.
Anne Greenwood Brown has a lot of potential though. The scenery was captivating and the writing was good as well. Too bad, it's not the case with the characters at all. I just couldn't relate to them. Shame.
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An advance copy was provided by the publisher at no cost via Netgalley