Review: Deep Betrayal (Lies Beneath #2) by Anne Greenwood Brown

March 16, 2013 Review 3

Review: Deep Betrayal (Lies Beneath #2) by Anne Greenwood BrownDeep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown
Series: Lies Beneath #2
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on March 12, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: Kissing.
Reviewed by: Julia
3 Stars

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 as the two of them spend every day in the water, leaving Lily behind.

Then dead bodies start washing ashore. Calder blames his mermaid sisters, but Lily fears her father has embraced the merman's natural need to kill. As the body count grows, everyone is pointing fingers. Lily doesn't know what to believe—only that whoever's responsible is sure to strike again. . . .

When I got my hands on a copy of DEEP BETRAYAL, I was so excited to read more of the alien and tortured hero, Calder White. Brown's ability to make him sympathetic without softening too many of his predator's edges was one I my favorite aspects of LIES BENEATH.

While Calder didn't let me down, I had a very hard time reading the first third of DEEP BETRAYAL. There's a lot of focus on the who/ what/ where events at the end of LIES BENEATH, which was confusing even to someone who read it. Even worse, what little character driven story there was on the front end was Lily's post adventure woes. Juxtaposing her "I want to go home and be with my boyfriend" pouting against the very real danger of vengeful mermaids and her father's transformation makes her look so... petty. Not a great start to our reintroduction. While I didn't buy into Lily's worries, she did have me wondering why Calder put up with her. Oh wait, that's right, everyone else in the world thinks he's dead or wants to kill him. You're right, Lily, you have it *sooo hard*.

Between the family tension, vengeful creatures in the water, and violent boys in town, there are a lot of dangers swirling around Lily and Calder.  I'd like to say all of these different threads came together in the end, but some of the esoteric mermaid magic never quite made sense.  I didn't mind those misfires, however, as Brown's ending resolved my biggest concerns. If I were one of Calder's mermaid family, I'd be swimming away electrified with the excitement of endless, happy possibilities.

Series Titles:

1. Lies Beneath - 4/5

More Reviews:

Annette's Book Spot - 3/5
Badass Book Reviews - 4/5 (A-)
Making the Grade - 4/5 (90%)

Similar Titles:

Glimmerglass by Jenna Black - 4/5
White Cat by Holly Black - 4/5

3 Responses to “Review: Deep Betrayal (Lies Beneath #2) by Anne Greenwood Brown”

  1. pabkins

    Hmm your review put a bit of a damper on my enthusiasm to read it haha. I was about to rush and buy it but I’m gonna wait til I’m actually ready to read it. Heck I think I might even be satisfied with just the first book haha.
    Pabkins @ My Shelf Confessions

    • Julia

      Yeah… I spent about the first third wishing I had stopped at book one. Things get better, but things were perilously close to DNF for a bit.

  2. Prangan

    What a fabulous give away!! Love your blog. Thanks. I am off today and pyaling with color trying to broaden my scope on the subject. 🙂 Have a long list of “to dos” and may not get to them. Congrats on your new little bundle of joy!