Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Mermaid's Mirror by L. K. Madigan

Title: The Mermaid's Mirror

Author: L. K. Madigan

Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2010

Pages: 336

Snippet: "The moon shone down on the waves, making them glitter like thousands of tiny lights flickering just beneath the surface, rolling over and over.."

Summary: Lena has lived her whole life near the beach—walking for miles up and down the shore and breathing the salty air, swimming in the cold water, and watching the surfers rule the waves—the problem is, she’s spent her whole life just watching. 

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Lena vows she will no longer watch from the sand: she will learn to surf.

But her father – a former surfer himself – refuses to allow her to take lessons. After a near drowning in his past, he can’t bear to let Lena take up the risky sport.

Yet something lures Lena to the water … an ancient, powerful magic. One morning Lena catches sight of this magic: a beautiful woman—with a silvery tail.

Nothing will keep Lena from seeking the mermaid, not even the dangerous waves at Magic Crescent Cove.

And soon … what she sees in the mermaid’s mirror will change her life …
(Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This is the first young adult novel I've read that is about mermaid's.  I don't think it's a spoiler at all to say that this is a book about mermaid's. Anyway, as far as mermaid's go this book had them and they were interesting creatures thats for sure.

I have to say I liked the first half of the book a bit better than the second half.  This is mostly because there was a whole element of mystery and suspense for the first half so you didn't know what was going on and it just made you want to keep turning the pages.

Unfortunately, while I did like The Mermaid's Mirror I didn't think it was anything too special.  It was a nice, pleasant read that didn't take me too long to read. It was entertaining but there was just nothing overly wonderful about it.  It was average.

None of the characters except maybe Ani appealed to me, I just didn't find any of the characters overly appealing. Lena wasn't too bad, she just wasn't anything special.

I did feel the ending was a little rushed but it wasn't too bad an ending.  I had hoped it would end a different way than it did but no, we can't always have happy endings.

If you like mermaid's and are looking for a simple and easy read then The Mermaid's Mirror is a good book to choose.

Source: NetGalley


  1. I am reading similar views on this one. I do like the idea of mermaids so want to try this one when in the mood for something light.

  2. We kind of feel the same way about this book.... definitely not happy about the ending!

  3. Simply yet beautifully written, The Mermaid's Mirror is a story with a lot going on including its own mystery and heart breaking romance. It has a lingering affect on your heart, leaving you aching for not only what Lena left behind (and went home to) but for a continuation of her story. Even with a fulfilling story and well tied ending it just left me wanting more.

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