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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Review: The Mermaid's Mirror (Madigan)

Title: The Mermaid's Mirror
Author: Madigan
Genre: Fiction, Surfing, Families, Mermaids
Pages: 308
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Lena has lived her whole life near the beach, walking up and down the shore, watching the surfers, and breathing in the salty air. The thing she wants more than anything is to learn how to surf. 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 who almost drowned in an accident, refuses to let Lena surf. Being a typical teenage girl however, that does not stop her. She can't help the powerful and unexplainable draw the ocean has always had over her. One morning while looking out into the ocean, Lena catches sight of a beautiful woman — with a silvery tail. Now nothing can stop Lena from seeking out the mermaid, not even the dangerous waves.


The premise for this book is completely original. What starts out as realistic fiction turns to fairy tale/fantasy and still keeps readers hooked. The characters are well-rounded and engaging. Lena is a typical teen and her emotions are real. She is a girl struggling to find out where she belongs and who her family is. The setting is vivid, and the undersea world is so well drawn, you will think you have become part of Lena's home under the sea. Although you wouldn't think it, the connection between the real and fantasy worlds is completely believable and works with the story.

Overall, a perfect read for the perfect summer day at the beach.

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