Friday 14 May 2010

Review: The Mermaid's Mirror

Title: The Mermaid's Mirror
Author: L.K. Madigan
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publication Date: October 4, 2010

Rating: 4/5

A special Thank you to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin for sending me
this digital galley to review.

Publisher's 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 ...

The cover alone made me pick up this book! Isn't it gorgeous?! I love the sea, and miss living in California so I knew I'd love this book. I wasn't disappointed. I really liked Lena's character and her draw toward the sea.

When she see's the mermaid for the first time she knows there is a connection, but doesn't know what it means. When she finally finds out what it is, IT'S HUGE!! Answers are finally provided. There is a bit of romance and first loves. Which I love!

It is a very cute story. I read it quickly and drank it all in. I'm hoping for a sequel, but haven't found anything yet stating there will be one.

Look for it in the fall!


  1. I think I read another review for this yesterday where the reviewer (I cant remember who) did not love it, I am happy to hear you did - goes to show you just how different 2 reviewers can see the same book, I am excited to read it it sounds like a really wonderful book! Thanks for the great review!

  2. Oh, it sounds good. Is this the one you thought Lizzy would like too?

  3. OOoooo I love mermaid tales.
    I think it is because I truly believe that if there is any magic on earth it is in the sea.
    I need to read this one.
    Thanks for the review.

  4. That's why there are SO many books out there. There is something for everyone. This book is very cute though and very real feeling.

    It was quick and descriptive. LOVE IT!

  5. I agree, I was drawn to the cover too! I'm currently reading this... I can't wait to find out what's with her and the mermaid!

  6. i just read and reviewed this too and i really enjoyed it as well. i also really like your blog and i'm a new follower. Shari over at

  7. Hey I think I should warn you, there's a girl going round stealing people's reviews and using them as her own, after changing it a little. She stole my review of 'The Vespertine' and I think this other review of hers is actually most of yours:

    Love the blog btw! :)


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