Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Book Review: Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown

Release Date: March 12, 2013
Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Length: 352 pages

"Fans of Amanda Hocking's novel, Wake, will dive into this paranormal romance featuring mermaids--the killer kind--and won't come up for air!

 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. . . . 

"Deep Betrayal is as suspenseful as it is sexy. You'll want to catch this one!"--Mary Janice Davidson, New York Times bestselling author of the Undead series

"Heartbreaking. Nerve-racking. Absolutely irresistible."--Kristen Simmons, author of the Article 5 series"


Protagonist: This installment is told from the perspective of Lily, the girl who stole Calder's heart in the first installment. After leaving her by Lake Superior last month Lily's been obsessively counting the time since he left. When he finally does show up, she lets her father in on their secret that he is a merman just like Calder, and their reunion is cut short to accommodate her father's training. Now, feeling slightly abandoned Lily begins to experiment with her own innate mermaid abilities. I loved Lily's narration compared to Calder's, not that I didn't like Calder's narration, but this provided a newer perspective of this world. I wasn't deterred by Lily's somewhat obsessive behaviors like I have been with other narrators who tend to obsess over things whether it's their love life or their lineage. I think her obsession was more curiosity rather than full blown crazy fixation.

Romance: The romance between Lily and Calder heats up in some parts, but also becomes a deeper more meaningful romance without all the heat and tension presented in many YA romances. I loved how the feelings between these characters progress naturally and doesn't grow too quickly or too instantly once they're reunited. There isn't too much of a love triangle presented in this installment though there definitely is an option should there be need in the future. However, I like that there isn't and there is other drama that goes on between our two lovers in this book. The constant separation from each other due to Lily's dad's training doesn't exactly make the heart grow fonder.

World-Building: This installment shows more about how mermaids transform and focuses on "Halfs" and what that means for Lily and her sister Sophie since they should be genetic impossibilities. We also learn more about the origin of mermaids and where, well... who, their race comes from. The legends and myth in this installment are great and not only provide information, but they do it in a fun and engaging way.

Predictability: I have to say I was shocked and surprised many times while reading this book. Unlike the first installment, it was a rare few times when I actually caught on the the foreshadowing and saw something coming. The amount of misdirections was probably also attributed to the unpredictable aspects of this book, as even when I was led to believe one thing only to have it be something completely different that was right under my nose the whole time.

Ending: The ending had both the most shocking revelation as well as the most predictable one woven into it which was rather humorous in my opinion. I loved how this book ends and from my point of view there is room, hopefully, for another installment to finish off this series that didn't start out so hot, but definitely got better with this second installment. I can't wait to see where these characters go and what they're going to do now.

Overall, I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. I didn't believe it would be this great but was overjoyed that I gave this series another chance I'm now pretty obsessed with these characters and hope that if there is another installment in the works that they'll change the narrator agin to give a different vision of this world to the readers.

P.S. Just a reminder that I will have a giveaway soon for a SIGNED copy of Cassandra Clare (author of the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series) next book Clockwork Princess starting on March 1st so be sure to come back for that.

1 comment:

  1. I did not like this one nearly as much as the first one. Actually, Lily annoyed me. I much preferred Calder's POV.