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Lies Beneath stars Calder White who lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior and is the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids.Calder and his sisters must prey on humans and absorb their positive energy to survive. I enjoyed this aspect because it really connected to the original Greek and other ancient cultures perception of mermaids. I felt that this story really got away from the beautiful singing mermaids to the true nature of this mythical creatures. Usually, Calder and his sisters select their victims at random, but this time around, the underwater clan chooses its target for a reason: revenge. They want to kill Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother's death. The idea of such a close-knit family of mermaids certainly is not unique to the literary world, but this idea of vengeance among mermaids certainly is, and I enjoyed the idea. I also appreciated the concerted effort required to lure the aquaphobic Hancock into the water. Calder's job is to gain Hancock's trust by getting close to his family. Again, the theme of family reappears in the novel, and it keeps on reappearing. Relying on his irresistible good looks and charm, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough until Calder screws up by falling in love just as soon as Lily begins to suspect that ancient legends are more than just fun stories. Here in the story, I felt that the plot was a bit predictable until the mermaids begin to take matters into their own hands forcing Calder to choose between him and the girl he loves. Although I would love to tell more, all I can say is whatever Calder chooses, it won't be pretty.
The Elementals features Ariel Silverman, a normal girl making plans for college until her mother reveals she has breast cancer. On top of this, Ariel is still recovering from the loss of her best friend, Jeni, who vanished without a trace on a school trip. From the very beginning, the plot of this book had me hooked. I was captivated by the initial issues that Ariel faces. The book enchanted me more when I learned how losing Jeni changed Ariel forever and watched Ariel adjust to college life. As she is adjusting, Ariel still cannot seem to let Jeni's mysterious disappearance rest. Her investigative journey will take her into a world of astonishing beauty, sexual discovery, and danger as she tries to unravel just what happened to her missing friend. This book is a must read!
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