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Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1) by Anne Greenwood Brown (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2012, 320pp.)
Mermaids weren’t always the perky, bikini-top clad creatures you saw in The Little Mermaid. Early legends depict them as monsters that lured sailors to their deaths - a more or less fitting description for the family of mermaids in Lies Beneath. Calder and his sisters must kill to live, and they do this by luring mortals into the water and then absorbing their life forces. They’re are a pretty vindictive bunch, too. They blame a man named Hancock for breaking their mother’s heart and then leading her to her doom. When Calder and his sisters hear that Hancock’s son, Jason, will be moving into a house by their lake, they plot revenge by sending the strikingly handsome Calder to seduce Jason’s oldest daughter, Lily. Unfortunately, Calder soon falls in love with the girl, and finds himself torn between protecting his beloved and remaining loyal to his sisters.
It’s not a perfect book by any means. The action takes a while to build, and some readers may not find Calder and Lily’s romance particularly compelling. However, it’s certainly a new angle for the paranormal teen romance genre, and I predict that fans of Twilight will definitely gobble this one up. Recommended for Ages 16-Up.