Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K. Madigan

The Mermaid's Mirror
L.K. Madigan
Release Date: October 4, 2010
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
rating 7/10

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 …

I was so excited to read The Mermaid's Mirror. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to my expectations.

This started out quite slow. About the first hundred pages almost nothing happened. If picked up a little bit later on, but overall nothing really happens until the last 100 pages or so. When it finally did get to the mermaid part, though, I did enjoy it. But, I felt like that part was crammed into a short little section. No sooner had I started it, it was over. I could have spent a lot more time in the mermaid world, but as it was, it was short. (Sorry I'm being so vague; I"m trying not to give away too many spoilers.)

I did not like Lena at all. She was stupid, immature and a real snot to those she loved. It seemed like she was always whining about something. She was also very self-centered. She did what she wanted and didn't care who she hurt in the process.

Overall, The Mermaid's Mirror was forgettable. there was nothing that really stood out. There were some parts that I did enjoy, but I felt short changed by the ending. Also, there was barely any romance in it, and I need me my romance :)


  1. Although I wouldn't say that I didn't like Lena at all, I will say that I was also quite disappointed. :(

  2. I totally agree with you! 'Cept I liked it like a 6.5/10. I was disappointed also.

  3. Oh, that's too bad you didn't like it more. I actually liked this one a lot! I read The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo right before it, which is a very heavy, dark read, so I enjoyed the lightness of The Mermaid's Mirror. I also liked the "real world" ending.