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  • Posted August 4, 2013

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    Reviewed by Avery, age 9 I love the character Lily. It is as if

    Reviewed by Avery, age 9
    I love the character Lily. It is as if this isn’t a story, and that Lily is my real friend who has this sad, deadly, magical life that no one would believe even if she told them, except me and so she spends the entire book confiding in me. It’s awesome
    “Are there any more secrets I should know about? I’d like to get everything out in the open all at once.”
    Deep Betrayal is about a girl, Lily, who really likes the neighbor boy, Calder. Calder comes from a family of merpeople and when Lily’s dad finds out he too is a merman, Calder takes it upon himself to train him and pretty much their relationship dwindles away as she is sent away as a way to protect her, and what  Lily really needs is Calder more now than she ever has. Something is killing people and Calder and Lily decide they are the ones who need to get to to bottom of this. Is it Calder’s sisters or Lily’s dad killing people as their mermaid blood lust gets stronger or is there another source altogether?

    This was a good read. It is a very different tale than we think of mermaids, all pretty and helpful. This book is also part of a series, but I think it is an okay story by itself.
    *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review* *You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

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    This was a bit disappointing given my love for the first book in

    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 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. . . . 

    So, as soon as I heard this was up on Net Galley, I had to request it. The first book in this series was so amazingly good I could not put it down once I started and stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it. I loved Calder's POV! So, when I heard this book was from Lily's POV, I was a bit skeptical, but intrigued. I was excited to get to see things from her POV.

    Lily's character in this book does not strike me as the strong girl she was in the first book. Of course, we were inside Calder's head at that time, so all our knowledge of her was second hand. Calder made her out to be this strong, determined girl who wasn't afraid to take chances. In this book I found her to be more needy than anything else. She was whinny and annoying, constantly talking about her need to be with Calder. Ok, we get it, you love him and want him badly, but you need to take care of you, girl! I don't feel like she grew much as a character during this book. She kind of just chugged along, trying to find the answers to her questions and the mysteries surrounding the lake, but not really changing in anyway once she found what she was looking for. But Lily has some highly redeeming qualities as well: she is determined to keep the ones she loves safe.
    Calder, well, while he was in this book I felt most like he was absent. He spent so much time off doing other things, that we didn't get to see much of him. And I missed that because I really loved Calder in the first book. But seeing him from Lily's POV changed that, made him seem like he cared less than I know he does. It was frustrating to listen to Lily carry on about how he was not around, how she didn't get to see him and maybe he'd changed his mind about being with her.
    We get a bit more of Lily's father in this story, for reasons I will not go into as not to spoil things. It was interesting to watch her come to terms with all the changes her father was facing. And also nice to see him grow a bond with Calder.

    I really think this book would have been much better if Brown had stuck with Calder's POV. I understand her motivation for wanting us to see things from Lily's side of it, but I don't feel like her character was strong enough to handle the reader, taking them where they needed to go. I really felt like Lily was more outside of what she was telling, as if she were just a spectator or reporter telling us what she was seeing. I did not feel a connection to her at all. There was too much angst, too much whining and certainly too much dependence to make Lily a strong character. She didn't live up to how she was portrayed by Calder in the first book at all. I was very disappointed with that.

    I have to say that I love Brown's writing. It's easy to follow and flows well off the page. She makes me want to continue reading and not put the book down. Her descriptions are so acute, they really put you right into the scene so you feel like you are there experiencing what the characters are experiencing. And I can picture the scenes clearly in my mind. I also love the mythology she brings into the story and how the characters go about finding more information. It provided for some very intense scenes where I actually feared for their safety.

    The ending was not a surprise to me at all. I knew that at some point what happened would happen, in some way or another. I was surprised with how it ended and I'm curious to see how it will be dealt with in the next book.

    I did enjoy the book, and I'm looking forward to whatever else Brown will share with us. But I can say that I was not nearly as entertained by this book as I was by the first. It took me three days to get through this because I kept having to put it down from my annoyance at the main character. I was actually bored through much of reading this, tho the story line was interesting enough. The most redeeming quality was what happened at the end, and that is what will keep me coming back to find out more about this story.

    3 out of 5 stars from me.

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