Review: Into the Deep (anthology)

About the book:

From the land above and the sea below…

A merman and his brother are tasked with protecting what belongs to their people and failure is not an option. Two teens attempt to find a mermaid off the coast of Massachusetts before poachers do. A young woman finds herself amidst an eerie seaside hut and is drawn back to it. A family is torn apart by one teen mermaid’s selfish desires and puts an entire kingdom at risk. When two seventeen-year-olds witness their Prince threaten an infamous sea-witch, they have no idea how soon all of their lives will be intertwined, and what secrets lay in the depths. While working in an antique shop, a young woman is turned into a mermaid to end an evil curse against the mer prince in a twisted retelling of the classic tale.

From adventure to thriller, to urban fantasy, this collection features stories from bestselling YA authors as well as emerging voices, this anthology will take you deep into the heart of the sea.

Cover of Of the Deep Mermaid Anthology

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Review by Katy Haye:

An anthology is always going to be somewhat hit and miss, but I was pleased to find this was much more “hit” than it was “miss”!

It was a tie for top place. Bloodscales by Amber R. Duell had terrific energy and depicted an excellent, convincing friendship between Maddie and Bri – along with a glorious, chilling twist I didn’t see coming; and Tales You Lose by E. J. Hagadorn which was atmospheric, creepy and macabre – wonderful!

K. M. Robinson’s The Sinking had a nice twist and her Siren Wars was a good, solid action tale with the kind of mermaids we’re familiar with from film and TV.

I’m afraid I found Elle Beaumont’s style to be a little slow for this pace-obsessed reader and I didn’t finish her story.

Overall, if you’re interested in mermaid myths, you’ll find something to please in this collection.

Katy Haye writes speculative YA fiction. Check out the first book in her new YA fantasy series, Awakened by Magic, while it’s just 99c/p. Kyann only wants to save her sister, but she finds herself enveloped by myth and magic in the Empire of Charnrosa.

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