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"Heartbreaking. Nerve-racking. Absolutely irresistible."--Kristen Simmons, author of the Article 5 series
Posted August 4, 2013
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
Posted July 18, 2013
Posted May 18, 2013
I fell in love with Lies Beneath by author Anne Greenwood Brown and have been looking forward to reading its’ sequel Deep Betrayal. Right after reading the novel’s description I knew that it would be a kick-butt story that would delve even deeper into main character Lily’s family relationship with mermaids and her relationship with the extremely hot merman Calder. Right from the first page I knew that I was in for a fun ride just like when I had been reading Lies Beneath.
Deep Betrayal takes place basically just where Lies Beneath ended. Lily now knows about the existence of mermaids, knows that her father is related to a mermaid whose daughters are killers and is waiting for her merman boyfriend Calder to come back for her. When Calder finally does come back for Lily things start to spiral out of control. The two finally decide to tell her Dad about his true identity as a merman and that decision results in Lily’s Dad and Calder hanging out more than they should be. However as time goes on Lily’s Dad becomes more and more distant from her family, constantly near the water and she doesn’t understand why.
Then people begin washing up claiming that they were attacked by something in the water. Jack, still getting over the fact that Pavati hasn’t returned for him, continues to claim that there are homicidal mermaids in the water and that it’s only a matter of time before they kill everybody and anybody in their path. Soon there are bodies washing up on shore and Lily isn’t quite sure who is killing all these people. Could it be possible that her father who is coming to terms with his mermaid heritage is behind the killings? Or is it Calder’s sisters? Or could it be something or someone else entirely?
I can’t say which novel I enjoyed more but I do know that each one was equally as awesome. I got way more romance in Deep Betrayal but I thought that there wasn’t as much action until the end. But nonetheless Deep Betrayal is thrilling. As the mystery inside of the novel unfolds (Who is attacking all these people?) the story begins to get more and more dangerous. Suddenly readers are swept up into the mermaid mythology and into mermaid legends that Calder believes are behind the killings/attacks. There’s more ‘magic’ in the novel and I think that out of both novels Deep Betrayal has more of a fantasy feel.
Like I said before the romance in the novel is seriously upped. Now we see the quirks in Lily and Calder’s relationship and also start to see just how much Calder means to Lily. However there’s also turmoil between the two and the big question of if Calder really loves her back. If he does love her he would tell her right? There are so many questions that went through my mind about Lily and Calder that I was starting to get caught up into their relationship like I was Lily. Gotta say that I loved how much their relationship is tested in the novel.
My only real complaint with the novel would have to be the pacing. The start of the novel, I personally thought, dragged on. After reading the description I thought that we would be thrown into the action and murders, kinda like how in Lies Beneath we were thrown right into what the description promised. It wasn’t until I was about halfway through that things started to get interesting but even then the pacing was off and I would find my mind wandering elsewhere. Other than that, a super awesome read.
I’d recommend Deep Betrayal to readers that have finished Lies Beneath and were left wondering what would come next. Readers who are big fans of the mermaid genre will fall for this modernized twist on the lore and fans of romance will be falling hard for #TeamCalder.
Posted May 17, 2013
Posted April 9, 2013
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.