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From the PublisherBooklist, December 1, 2013:
"Essential for series fans."
Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2013:
"Good entertainment for fans of the genre."
Posted May 26, 2014
Should the plot have been tighter?
Yes, the novel was scattered, moving from one plot line to another without a clear direction. Overall, Promise Bound was completely forgettable with one scene blending into another scene with no real distinction. Also, the ending action scene was overly complicated with the perspective switching from various characters, producing a scene that overlapped and replayed itself numerous times causing confusion.
At the beginning of the book, Lily's friend Gabby wanted to find her bother Jack. But suddenly, she dropped out of the novel with no apparent reason and the story moved onto a different plot line without ever finishing her tale. This happened countless times throughout the entire novel, almost like the author couldn't focus on what she wanted to accomplish in this book.
The first book Lies Beneath had a deep intensive edge to it, but Promise Bound completely lost the intensity that was seen in the first novel. Nothing replaced the edge in Promise Bound, making it somewhat flat.
Was the family bond my favorite part?
Yes, I'm crazy for novels that show a strong family relationship. In Promise Bound the Hancocks shared their troubles and trials, ultimately pulling through together. Also, how the Hancocks welcome Calder into the family was very sweet and enduring. Even how the author ended the tension between Calder and his sisters was thoughtfully done.
There were other things that I did not like about the book, but the main issue was the scatteredness of Promise Bound. In spite of these problems, I still enjoyed the entire series.
Posted February 17, 2014
If you're looking for a series that has it all, this is it. These aren't your Disney mermaids ... these are mermen and women who live in the cold depths of Lake Superior, surfacing to feed off human emotions. Anne Greenwood Brown brings the reader down into the icy waters and onto the rocky shores of Lake Superior, weaving legend and lore into a contemporary story full of murder, mystery, a family curse and promises made. Told in the distinctly different alternating first person voices of Calder and Lily, we get both sides of the story to wrap up this fantastic trilogy. LIES BENEATH, DEEP BETRAYAL and PROMISE BOUND combine into a perfect series for both boys and girls, ages 12 to adult, reluctant readers and advanced. I only wish Barnes & Noble had more stars to give!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 26, 2014
I was a little disappointed in how series ended. It had great potential but ended with a lot of unanswered questions. It seemed to be really rushed at the end and had a feeling that the author was just trying to "wrap it up" when there was great potential for it to be an amazing ending! I'm a little disappointed for sure - but I'd still recommend the series if only because of the first 2 books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2014
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