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Lies Beneath

(Lies Beneath #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  5,455 ratings  ·  921 reviews
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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Ember (first published June 12th 2012)
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Kat Kennedy
If you’re anything like me then you probably spent a great deal of your childhood pool and ocean experiences trying to look like this:


It’s entirely more likely that you looked like a drowned rat because the ocean is a cruel, cruel mistress who only allows us to live so that she can prolong our misery.  Just as an aside note, there is a hotel on the top of the Himalayan mountains for those who wish to give a metaphorical “screw you” to mistress ocean.   After reading Lies Beneath, that might not
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars

I hadn't killed anyone all winter, and I have to say I felt pretty good about that.

So begins the very first good YA mermaid novel I've ever read--and hooray, they're eeeevil, too! (view spoiler) After trudging through so many books with insipid mermaids or ones that barely qualified as mermaids, it's so great to read a story in which sea creatures have purpose. And deadly intent. And tails. These merpeople
2.5 stars.

“Would you please get it into your head that this is not a movie. Forget everything you think you know about merpeople. Forget that freaking Ariel, think Silence of the Lambs, think Friday the Thirteenth.

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Considering I thought I would absolutely hate this, I’m pleasantly surprised.

High Points.
Boy narrator! Evil mermaids. Lake Superior. Curses. Flirtatious fishes. The Bahamas. BBQs. Hammocks. A lady love interest who wasn’t completely ridiculous. A chance
Steph Sinclair
Be sure to check out an exclusive interview and swag giveaway with Anne Greenwood Brown over at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog!

*I almost dropped this down to 1 star, but then I started reading Starcrossed and realized that wasn't fair.

What a disappointment.

I was looking for a new Paranormal creature to love and thought that could be found within the pages of Lies Beneath. But you know what I found? The same old story we've all read before over and over again. The truth is this isn't a badly written
A deadly merman with an avenging heart and an innocent girl dreams to be a poet, when the two different worlds collides, love happens.


Unlike every other spring when Calder was called back home, to the cold water of Lake Superior at earlier than usual, he had no idea Jason Hancock, son of the man who was responsible for his mother’s death had came back too. This could be the perfect opportunity of retaliation to Calder and his mermaid sisters for their mother’s death and end the bargain Tom Han
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Calder is the dumbest, least effective evil merman ever, which makes sense, considering he's the main character in the book and it would not do for a group of simpering teenage girls to fall in love with a guy who would willingly drag them underwater and kill them.

Seriously, he's a male TSTL character. He fails at everything his sisters instruct him to do, seduce a target? Please. He falls in love with her as soon as she blinks at him. Lily is too smart for this dumb POS. I just found myself sha
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: (sorry, couldn't resist.)
Recommended to Kay by: is it really better down where it's wetter?
***This book was an ARC provided by the publisher. Thank you!***

This is my first dive (heh, heh) into YA mermaid lit. Unfortunately, while I found this new paranormal genre quite refreshing, I wasn't convinced by Anne Greenwood Brown's rendition of the mermaid myth nor was I impressed with the story itself.

Plot Summary

Calder White and his three sisters are merfolk whose mother was killed many years ago. In order to avenge their mother, Calder and his sisters have vowed to kill their mother's
4.5 stars

Wow, I don't think I was fully prepared going into this book. I've been on a search for a good mermaid book for awhile now and it feels really good to say that I finally found one!

Lies Beneath is all kinds of Wicked! Mermaids and Mermans in this book are deadly attractive, vicious hunters and murderous minxes. They seek humans and drain them for an emotional fix. Living off and for the energy and sensing the auras for added pleasure. They are the most beautiful and deadliest of monsters
“Forget everything you think you know about merpeople. Forget that freaking Ariel, think Silence of the Lambs, think Friday the Thirteenth."

How happy I am that I still have not given up on mermaid books. The strong imprint of my childhood’s obsesssion is still keeping my hope up to find a gleaming mother-of-pearl-treasure among the ocean floor rubble now and then. Rare finds like Anne Greenwood Brown’s soon to be published Lies Beneath justify my unbroken tenacity: Skilled writing, danger, myste
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-e-book

3.5 Stars

I was pleasantly surprised by this story because I'm not usually attracted to tales involving mermaids. Yet, I was drawn in and mesmerized by this dark and sinister world.

Calder White and his sisters are merpeople, creatures of the sea. These are not the harmless fantastical creatures we see in a Disney cartoon, and they are far from reproach. You begin this story knowing that they are all killers. They pull unsuspecting humans down to the bottom of the ocean while they feed off their
Erica (daydreamer)
(more a 3.5)

Lies Beneath was, overall, a nice read. It wasn’t as intense or fantastic as I was hoping, but in the, I found that I did like it.

Calder is a merman who, with his three sisters, set up a plan to exact revenge upon the man who was the cause of the death of their mother. Their plan is to have Calder cozy up to the family they’re hoping to destroy. But when Calder gets to know the older daughter, Lily, he begins to feel something, and finds that he can’t imagine himself causing her pain
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have tons of book boyfriends.
I have JEM from ID.
I have Jace from MI.
Both are nephilims.
I have Noah Shaw from Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.
He's human. At least in the mean time I think he is.
I have Prince Ash from Iron Fey series.
He's my fairy bf.
I have Jacob from Twilight Series.
He's a werewolf.
I have Peeta from HG.
I have another human BF.
I also have Lucas from Starcrossed.
He's descendant of Paris of Troy.

When I read Lies Beneath, I knew I found a new book bf. :D
A mermaid BF this time.

Its a super c
Michele at A Belle's Tales
“Mother, may I go out to swim?
Yes, my darling daughter.
Fold your clothes up neat and trim,
But don’t go near the water.” - Anonymous

Lately, I’ve found myself holding back from reading the synopsis of a book. I don’t want any spoilers, so all I knew about Lies Beneath was that it involved merpeople, which I gathered from that gorgeous cover. I admit that my experience with mermaids didn’t reach beyond Ariel and Prince Eric, so I thought Lies Beneath would be a light, funny, albeit, slightly mor
There comes a day in a reviewer’s life when s/he must write a review to the tune of an ELO song. My friends, that day has come.

(Or more accurately, for some reason, this song kept popping into my head every time I read this book. I can’t explain it).

Thus, I give you: “Evil Woman Merman” as a placeholder until closer to the book’s release and a "proper" review. Here, you can sing along with slightly altered lyrics cough.

"You made a pawn of me, but this plotting revenge has got to end.

Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!

Finally! A mermaid tail (sorry, couldn't resist a bit of fin, I mean fun) tale that I can finally, actually say I enjoyed reading; one that I didn't hate the main characters (but kinda sorta totally loved them), or their romance, or even the mythology behind the sea creatures. Lies Beneath is a success in a genre that has so fat yet to offer many noteworthy titles; this is thanks in part to presence of, as the great Wendy Darling of GoodReads so apt
4 of 5 stars

Okay. This was the first time I read a merman/mermaid novel. When I started this I didn't have any idea on what to expect here. I even thought it would be a struggle read but no, it was actually an easy and fast-paced read. Lies Beneath was really an interesting and entertaining read. Not to mention that this is narrated in a male pov which I'm a sucker for! It wasn't perfect but the story and the characters were very appealing, there's just something in it that would make you want t
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the lucky honor of reading a final draft of Lies Beneath. It is AMAZING!!!! I don't want to get into details and give things away. Let's just say I'll be one of those people waiting in line for book #2!
3.5 stars

Killer mermaids/mermen!!!

Now this was a very different take on mermaids. Step aside Ariel and let author Anne Greenwood Brown tell us all about her mermaids. Lies Beneath's mermaids are predators that feed upon humans’ positive emotions, leaving shriveled husks of their prey behind. These mermaids have special abilities: they are able to communicate telepathically with other animals, they have speed, they have beauty, they are able to compel and persuade, and they are able to transform
Initial reaction: I think my summation for "Lies Beneath" is that there's a lot of surface tension - in the character development, in the ominous situations, among other things, but as I waited for the story to pull me under and immerse me - that point never came.

I didn't hate the story at all - there were parts of it that I liked, but in the end - it was a mediocre read for me at best. I hope I can explain my thoughts more in the full review.

Full review:

I've had a devil of a time trying to expo
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Lies Beneath
Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
Genre: Paranormal YA
Format: I was provided an ARC through Netgalley
Publisher: Delacorte for young readers expected publication June 2012

Synopsis (via Goodreads)
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
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, special thanks to the folks at Delacorte Books for sending me an e-Galley (via NetGalley) of Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown to review.

Second, I absolutely loved this book! It took less than 48 hours to read and that's only because I had to sleep. The opening line had me hooked right away, which is the first thing I look for in a 5-star book:

“I hadn’t killed anyone all winter, and I have to say I felt pretty good about that.”

We are immediately thrust into Calder White's world, where
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I actually finished this book some time ago but had no idea how to write up review that would explain the epic-ness of this book.

This was the first ever mermaid book I have ever read and I'm so happy it was "lies beneath" that I chose to read! The whole idea and concept of the story was just original and so entertaining to read.

The book for some reason was so very predictable-to me- But still was able to shock me and keep me reading, any s
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Lies Beneath is a wickedly dark novel that will have you reconsidering going for that swim. Just when you thought it was safe, Anne Greenwood Brown gives you Calder White and his sisters. These serial killers mermaids make Jaws look like a sweet little goldfish. Finally, Brown has gave me the sadistically dark merfolk tale I’d been waiting for. Disney can have their fun loving Ariel. Brown introduces me to the true nature of the mermaids of the deep, and they are Calder, Maris, Pavati and Tallul ...more
A finished unsolicited copy was provided by the publisher for review.

I've seen this book before it hit shelves and I have to say it caught my eye. Mermaids are this hot new trend now. No more vampires, but mermaids. Killer mermaids to be exact. And no better mermaid who wants to avenge his father's death than Calder. Yup, it's a merman to be exact. In this novel, his sisters are the evil conniving ones bringing men into the water and drowning them taking away all their emotions so they can feed
Jenna (Bookiemoji)
LIES BENEATH is the debut novel by author Anne Greenwood Brown, a novel that I only just discovered last week thanks to NetGalley and the amazing folks at Delacorte Press. I finished reading the book only an hour or so ago, and I am still reeling from the outcome of this amazing (yes, I said it, absolutely AMAZING) story. The book was both emotionally engaging and suspenseful from start to finish. I will do my best to be as vague as possible in my review, for fear that I spoil a book that still ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: A mermaid falls in love with the daughter of a revenge target. Filled with a sweet romance, loving family, a not-so-caring family and a boy wishing for freedom.

Opening Sentence: I hadn’t killed anyone all winter, and I have to say I felt pretty good about that.

The Review:

Told from Calder’s point of view, this story explores the monsters lurking underneath the waves of Lake Superior. Calder tries to escape from his sisters – key word: tries
Mar 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a tough one for me, because I really wanted to love this book and I was excited about it after loving Of Poseidon so much. But for me, it just lacked the charm that it could have had, and the characters just fell short.

Lies Beneath is the story of four mermaid siblings who are out to get revenge for their mother's death. Calder, the 'adopted' brother, would prefer to live his life without the constant pull he feels from the bond with his sister mermaids. He manages to get away f
Jessica Gibson
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The lore of mermaids and mermen is real. Just wait until you meet Calder White in this addictive debut novel that is destined to make a splash!

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 must 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 H
This review can be found on The Midnight Tea Party

'Forget everything you think you know about merpeople. Forget that freaking Ariel, think Silence of the Lambs, think Friday the Thirteenth.'

Yes, forget what you think you know about merpeople. Forget about The Little Mermaid and Ingo. This isn't your favourite fairy-tale story. These merpeople are dark; the only way they can survive is by feeding off of human energy. They're jealous of our emotions -- happiness, love, joy, etc., so they take them
Jun 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Three stars: A mermaid tale filled with dark revenge and unexpected romance.

Calder soaks up the warm glow of the sun as two lovely sun drenched, bikini clad beauties stroll by his hiding spot. Their bubbling emotions draw him like a moth to a flame, but he pulls back, not wanting to indulge and give in to his dark side, despite the promise of warmth from their energy. His cell phone's annoying ring tears him away from the girls. He sighs as he sees the number, again, on his phone. Maris, is sis
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I am the author of the following Young Adult novels:

COLD HARD TRUTH (contemporary/romance);
GIRL LAST SEEN (contemporary/suspense);
and the paranormal mermaid trilogy: LIES BENEATH, DEEP BETRAYAL, PROMISE BOUND.

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“I don't know why you're so hard to convince," I said, "But I'm really not that bad of a guy."
"Spoken like a true serial killer.”
“There was no point in lying. "Yes. I am following you."
Her carefully controlled exterior faltered. "Why?"
"Because I like you. I'm sorry if that makes you nervous."
All the color drained from her face. "I thought you thought I was crazy."
"I like crazy."
"You're unbelievable," she grumbled.
"So I've been told.”
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