A girl runs afoul of the wicked sea witch but finds love with one of her minions in this new take on the mermaid theme.
Miranda lives with her wealthy grandmother on a small island off South Carolina. After a beach party, she pilots her boat on a joyride, but a freak storm wrecks the craft, killing four of her friends and putting her boyfriend into a coma. A mysterious boy swims her to safety. Unaccountably, her schoolmates and the adults at her private school all blame her for the accident, despite proof that she wasn’t drinking. Miranda takes refuge on a deserted beach where she meets a boy who suddenly appears there. Christian isn’t actually a merman but a “betwixtman,” living either down below or up above. He is, however, a creature of the sea and, of course, impossibly handsome. The Sea Witch has commanded him to collect Miranda’s soul, but, naturally, he falls in love with the girl and plots to kill the witch instead. Meanwhile the witch appears on land with her own plot to collect Miranda’s soul. Although the concept here seems an original-enough twist on mermaid stories, the execution doesn't stand above the average, and the resolution seems far too easy.
For paranormal-romance addicts only. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)