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Today, I am reviewing
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Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: June 12th, 2012
Source: Netgallery and Random House Children's Books
Rating: 2.5 STARS
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At first glance, Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown has an exciting premise. A male merman point of view out for revenge with his sisters. He is out to infiltrate a relationship with the daughter of his target, Lily, and begins to fall in love her her. A star-crossed relationship has always been a favorite romantic development of mind. I love the drama its ensues, the shifts of alliances and the struggles to realize who to trust and remain loyal to.
Sadly Lies Beneath was a hard book for me to read through. It took several weeks of on and off reading for me to finally finish this book.
I decided to request this book because I wanted to see if I would mind how Calder already was working on not killing humans before the novel even began. I found that while I minded that fact, what really caused me to struggle through this book was my lack of ability to connect to the story at all. I spent my time reading this book without the usual passionate energy that usually flows through me as I read a book. I felt like I was sitting in an empty room, bored with the lack of excitement. Calder was not an exciting character to me and the plot was slow and disjointed, full of plot holes. The reason for the revenge was incomplete, I was indifferent to the romance tingling between Calder and Lily and did not care much for a very sad event that occurred in the end of the book. If I really find a book interesting, I will always feeling uneasy and morose for a tragic event.
I may have found that I lacked connection with the story, but the overall theme of happiness being important to gain through one's inner self is an important theme that I often forget. I am glad I was reminded of this life lesson in this book. This lesson is shone through Calder and his mermaid sisters killing humans so they could have their happiness. Lily and the rest of the Hancock family amplify the fact that happiness is through love and acceptance of oneself.
Overall, I suggest that if you want to try Lies Beneath, that you borrow it at the library first. You might be able to connect to its story and I hope you do.
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