28 December, 2013

Deep Betrayal - Review

Deep Betrayal (Lies Beneath, Book 2) by Anne Greenwood Brown
Publication Date: 12 March 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN 10/13: 0385742037 | 9780385742030

Category: YA Fantasy
Keywords: Mermaids
Format: Hardcover, ebook
Source: NetGalley

Kimberly's Review:

Time is ticking. This sequel picks up where Lies Beneath left off, about one month after LIly leaves her home and her family. She eagerly awaits Calder, but he doesn't show and as the days pass, she wonders if it's all in her head. But one day on television, a startling discovery shakes her and all of a sudden Calder is there. The story isn't over. Revenge is on everyone's mind. And mermaids don't care how many people they have to hurt to get to the one they want.

I really liked Lies Beneath, the darkness and edgy murky tale of killer mermaids. So I was excited to read this sequel that promised another darkly chilling plot. Sadly, I don't think it lived up to my expectations.

Lily is the focus of this story and she got on my nerves pretty quickly. She's self absorbed and rash, doesn't see the big picture and thinks she's always right. You know the type- young and reckless. Which normally I don't mind, but between pining away for Calder, then being mad he's spending all this time with her dad, she's not a strong character and the fact that she's the lead character made the book a very slow read for me.

Calder at least seems the same from book one, though a lot of their scenes together feel very forced. I didn't feel their magical connection in this book. The plot moves very slow and I can't say that anything big really happens until the end. The first part of the book is a lot of Lily missing Calder, being insecure and realizing it might have been a mistake to tell her father their secrets. Scenes felt forced and fake to me. The most interesting character is Jack, the crazy teenager whose heart is broken after his love has abandoned him. He brings some much needed motion to the plot and tension to the cluster of characters. To be honest, the ending is actually pretty great and probably saved the book for me from a much lower rating.

Sadly, Deep Betrayal didn't sweep me away and I'm not sure if I will continue with the rest of the series.

*I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

You can find out more about the author at annegreenwoodbrown.com and follow her on Twitter @AnneGBrown

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