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Deep Betrayal (Lies Beneath #2)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  987 ratings  ·  151 reviews
It's been thirty days, two hours, and seventeen minutes since Calder left Lily standing on the shores of Lake Superior. Not that she's counting. And when Calder does return, it's not quite the reunion Lily hoped for. Especially after she lets her father in on a huge secret: he, like Calder, is a merman. Obsessed with his new identity, Lily's dad monopolizes Calder's time a ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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E.V.Franzmnn E.V.Franzmnn
March 12th 2013????? Why? Why do I have to wait that long? This is so unfair!!!!!

Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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Aaaand another one drowns in the water? one bites the dust. Yet another victim of the dreaded Sequel Syndrome, wherein a follow-up to well-loved first novel can't execute or maintain that level previous level of excellence, Deep Betrayal was a miss for me. My last read for the year of 2012, I was rather disappointed with how this anticipated novel turned out. I was a big fan of the eeeeevil mermaids from Lake Superior in the first book Lies Beneath,
Oh, so great, and I loved the how myth from whom mer people are descended from, and yeah, I can't wait to read Promise Bound!!

*First read December 5th 2012*
Fantastic book, oh, wow, really enjoyed seeing Lily and Calder again! And that ending! Really good, and kinda makes me want to have a 3rd book (Kinda in that I want to see the characters again, but not have them in any conflict, but books need conflict to be entertaining, so I'm torn) Yep :)
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
3.5 stars

I liked it; it was, to my surprise, considerably better than the first book. Of course, it helps that this book was from the POV of Lily, and not the dumb-as-a-rock/and least-effective merman ever that is Calder White. I liked Lily from the first book. She had a good head on her shoulders, she's not too dumb and doesn't dive into dangerous situations, and seems to figure things out pretty quickly (no thanks to the stupid, stupid, and may I emphasize that he is stupid Calder?

Calder got o
Initial reaction: Ooh, this was actually better than Lies Beneath in my opinion, but I'll admit that there were points where I hit a bit of a bump in the story progression. I think Lily's voice was much easier to warm up to than Calder's from the last book, and I actually liked Calder's character more in this one.

Full review:

If there's something to be said about the second book in the Lies Beneath series, this had much in the way of improvement from the first, and I'm quite happy I gave Anne Gr
Definitely not your ordinary mermaids…

Deep Betrayal is the sequel to Lies Beneath and takes place about a month after the events of that book. Lily has been sent away from her family’s home on the shores of Lake Superior in order to keep her safe. All she can think of is Calder, her merman boyfriend. Lily also feels strangely attracted to the water.

Like the first book, this is a darker, more sinister take on mermaids. The author blends intriguing mermaid lore with native Indian legends to create
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: A romantic and beautifully written sequel about family and neglect with a sprinkle of mythology.

Opening Sentence: Death finds us all.

The Review:

Told from Lily Hancock’s point of view, Deep Betrayal picks up a month after Lies Beneath leaves us. Now that Calder’s sister’s revenge plot has been resolved, Lily thought things would be normal (well, as normal as possible with a mermaid boyfriend and mermaid blood in her veins.) But when dead ci
Lily has missed Calder after he's been away for more then a month but now that she's graduated she can finally go home, but not before telling her father the truth about who he really is. He's a merman.
Little did she know that once she revealed this life long secret that she would have to fight for her boyfriends attention since Calder is taking it upon himself to help him with his new transformation.
All the while there have been random killings out in the lake and no one is sure who's doing it
Shy The WidowMaker
I have to say I was excited to get back into this world as I liked the first book in the series and wanted to see what had become of Calder and Lily. We start this book out with Lily dealing with graduation and missing Calder. I have to say that I loved Lily more in the first book as she wasn't so clingy and everything wasn't all about Calder. We find her in this book moping around because she has seen him since he left. I felt that she lost some of what made me love her as a character from the ...more
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Welcome to my loopy loop-fest review of Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown!

Deep Betrayal, the sequel to Lies Beneath, by Anne Greenwood Brown lives up to everything Lies Beneath laid out for us. Unfortunately, I wasn't the biggest fan of Lies Beneath, so Deep Betrayal proved to have the same quality that itspredecessorhad.

What I anticipated at the beginning took a turn for the worst later on, especially with Lily's point of
Haley Heflin
Jul 26, 2012 Haley Heflin marked it as to-read
Loved the first story in the series and cant wait to here the rest of thr story.
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)
Lies Beneath is one of those fantasy books that I did enjoy - I enjoyed every mermaid-y moment of it. It takes a bit of a long time to read the sequel but whatev’s I could say it’s still as enjoying as the first.

Someone is one killing spree - it's either Calder's sister or Lily's father.

From Calder's perspective we now jumped to Lily's perspective. I guess, it has its up and down side to it. It’s good because we somehow see how Lily sees through all of this craziness that seems to be happenin
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After reading Lies Beneath last year, this became one of the sequels I was waiting on desperately! I love Anne Greenwood Brown's writing. Her words have a certain way of capturing you into the story– with romance, with mermaids and with legends.
This was an interesting turn as now we get to hear what happens in Lily's perspective! I really loved Lily's character in the last book and was excited to finally get to know her more.

I felt th
This was a bit disappointing given my love for the first book in this series. I want to thank Net Galley and the publisher, Delacorte Books, for providing me with an eARC of this book to read and review. Obtaining this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.

Blurb from Goodreads:
It's been thirty days, two hours, and seventeen minutes since Calder left Lily standing on the shores of Lake Superior. Not that she's counting. And when Calder does return, it's not quite the reunion
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* YA Paranormal Mermaids
*Rating* 3.5-4

*Full Review Shortly*

Having heard that this book was supposed to be from Calder's POV, color me disappointed that we didn't get a chance. I would have really liked to learn more about Calder, and especially now that Lily's father has come into his inheritance as it were. Lily is still a smart character who pines just a little bit too much for Calder and then has the audacity to whine whenever he's not around or helping her own father struggle through h
May 22, 2013 Sexinthelibrary rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens 12 and older
“Death finds us all. Yet I was impatient and had gone looking for it; now there was no going back. My toes curled over the edge of the rock….”

Great opening lines, as did the first in the series, Lies Beneath. However this sequel is slow to start. Lily is exiled to Minneapolis to graduate with her friend Jules. She hasn’t heard from Calder and doesn’t know if he is alive or dead. She is worried about her father (spoiler alert from the first book!) who doesn’t realize that he is a merman. Then, al
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more stupid and boring leading couple than Lily and Calder. The most interesting character in the whole book is Sophie, the little sister, who barely gets enough page time to make reading this worthwhile. Greenwood Brown has an unforgivable habit of trying to make every character redeemable to the point where the entire book becomes a whiny, navel-gazing diary entry interspersed with Lily's abominable poetry.
Book Sushi
all i can say is wow!!! This is the sequel to Lies Beneath and the story totally sucked me in. It was a non stop read till the end which leaves a few strings still loose for the author to tie up in the third book.

I actually cant say much with out giving away too much about the story. If you really and truely loved the first book, you are going to enjoy the second on. Although it did leave me with a slight reminder of New Moon when Bella was missing Edward and couldnt function without him. lol bu
I LOVED the fact the author decided to switch perspectives to Lily for this story. I really liked her character in the first book,and it was fun to get inside her head in this second story where she becomes even more interesting.

I can't wait for the third one to come out next spring so I can see what Anne has in store for the family of mermaids. That said, this story also could have ended things nicely, so there's a hint of trepidation as well. I assume we're going to see and understand a lot m
Mar 16, 2013 Jen added it
While Deep Betrayal lost a lot of the things I loved about the first book (Calder's narration, the revenge theme, the carnivorous merfolk) and replaced it with stuff I am less excited about (Lily's narration, lack of revenge, red herrings and a character I liked gone bad) I am still a fan of the way that this series takes the typical mermaid story and gives it .. teeth!

Full review on my blog, YA Romantics
Kelsey Mitchell
Lily has finally told her father what he really is. Now, entranced by his new abilities, Jason Hancock barely leaves the water. Plus, with Calder's help his talents are growing immensely. But Calder's agreed to help Lily's father as long as she stays out of the water, which is a lot harder than it seems. Also, with all the time Calder's spending with her dad and tracking down his sisters, Lily's starting to feel left out. So when reports of accidents happening on the water has Lily suspicious of ...more
Linah Tornieri
This series is truly amazing.. I am honestly hooked and dreading the ending.
Deep Betrayal was a great continuation and it being written from Lily's point of view- made it even more interesting, more to the fact that the ending was completely unexpected.. But I absolutely looooooved it! Already purchased the last book in the series all ready to be read tomorrow:)
Jules Goud
Book two just keeps on improving. My favourite so far.

This one is in Lily's perspective, and I have to say that it is a little bit different then Calder's. She is more passive, not as aggressive. She also tends to think things through a little bit more then him.

What I really liked was that this entire book wasn't about the two of them spending time together. In fact, most of the book they were apart. That meant that their time together was more meaningful and sweeter as they were less frequent.
Ok, I really wanted to just be crazy about this book, but sadly I did not like this one as well as the first one. The author changed the POV to the female main character Lily, instead of keeping it from Calder's POV. I really liked the characters in the first book, and enjoyed the fact that Lily was not a weeping, fickle teenager; however, this novel took a turn and had quite a bit of teen angst that took away from her strong character. On the other hand, Lily did still remain true to herself by ...more
Lily is counting down the days, minutes and seconds since she last saw Calder. Lily decides she is going to stop mopping around and have fun at the beach with her friends. Guess who shows up? None other then Calder White.

Lily decides it is time to tell her father the truth about him being a merman, when she learns he has been going down to the lake every night to stare at the water. Calder decides to help Lily's father with the transition. Lily starts to become jealous when Calder and her fathe
The more I read, the more I questioned whether or not I'd ever read the first one in this trilogy. Apparently, the answer was yes, because I don't start series on the second book and the characters slowly became vaguely familiar. Clearly though, the first was neither good enough nor bad enough to remember at all.

Deep Betrayal follows along those same lines: an average quality read with nothing truly redeeming but not so horrendous to simply quit entirely. Also, mermaids and mermen not really my
Eric King
This is a great series! I can't wait for the final book, "Promise Bound", to be released. So glad I gave this book a chance.
Kailey Aycock
I really enjoyed this book! I love the fact this book always had some kind of drama and plot twist going on. There was never a dull moment. I never would have thought the murderer would have been who it was so that was such a twist too!! The only reason I rated this 4 stars and not 5, is because I felt Calder and Lily argued too much. I understand they didn't agree on things and lily is strong minded but I think the author should have wrote more about the passion of their relationship and how th ...more
I couldn't finish it.

I mean, I really tried. I loved Lies Beneath, and I was so excited for the sequel. But I couldn't seem to engage with the story, and it was boring me.

And then the heroine was all like "I know a month ago the killer mermaids tried to kill me, like literally I almost died, but I'm super bored so I'm going to insist on going back! What do you mean that's completely fucking idiotic? LET'S LEAVE NAO" and I deleted it from my kindle.

What the everloving hell? Nope, can't do it.
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I am the author of the LIES BENEATH trilogy, a YA series about murderous mermaids on Lake Superior and unlikely romance (Random House/Delacorte) (Lies Beneath; Deep Betrayal; Promise Bound).

THE TWISTED LIFE (Albert Whitman Co.), a YA suspense about a YouTube sensation gone missing, is due out in spring 2016.

Besides writing and reading YA literature, I love all things Irish,
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Other Books in the Series

Lies Beneath (3 books)
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