Release Date: October 4, 2010
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books For Children
Grade: 4 Stars
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 his near drowning years ago, he can’t bear to let Lena take up the risky sport.
Yet something keeps drawing Lena to the water . . . an ancient, powerful magic. And one morning Lena catches sight of this magic: a beautiful woman — with a silvery tail.
Now nothing can stop 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 forever.
I haven't read LK Madigan's first novel Flash Burnout (yet), but I've heard it's totally different from The Mermaid's Mirror. I really liked this book and I'm glad I got the opportunity to win it. I'm sorry that I didn't get a chance to meet LK Madigan before she passed away.
Lena was a great main character, but at points in the story she was really selfish. I liked that she cared about her brother a lot though. She treated him better than most people treat their siblings which was really sweet. One cliché thing about the characters was that Lena had two friends, one a girl and one a boy, and she was going out with her guy friend and still trying to balance their friendship.
The story was basically divided into two parts-part one was finding out about Lena's life without all the fantasy and part two was more of the mermaid action. I found that very entertaining and different and I loved that.
I can't say that I loved the ending though. SPOILER Lena had just discovered true love and had found herself when she was faced with two choices: to go back on land and never see her mother and her lover again or to stay in the sea, get a tail and live there forever and never see her dad or friends again.
I would've chose the former. SPOILER OVER
The Mermaid's Mirror was a magical story that you will remember for awhile. I recommend you get it!
Grade: 4 Stars