Thursday, March 10, 2011

mirror, mirror in my hand, are there mermaids in this land?

The Mermaid's Mirror by L. K. Madigan

Lena has always felt a special affinity for the ocean. Growing up near the shore in northern California, she has spent a lot of time at the beaches and watching the surfers, longing to ride the waves on her own surf board. Unfortunately, due to a surfing accident he had before she was born, Lena’s father won’t permit her to learn how to surf.

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Lena finds herself drawn to the ocean more than ever. When she thinks she sees a woman in the water, she can’t help but wonder if she was a human or a mermaid. Longing to see the mysterious being again, Lena learns to surf without her father’s permission and braves the monstrous waves at Magic Crescent Cove. What Lena finds in that magical place is more than she could imagine.

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In many ways Lena is like most teens. She is close with her family and wants to please them, but also wants to be true to herself. She doesn’t understand why her father is so very much against it, and she is curious as to what exactly can make a man who once was a top rated surfer give up the sea. Her feelings towards her parents, little brother and friends will resonate with most readers. So will her need to be herself and to even rebel against her father’s wishes regarding surfing.

The beach scenes are beautifully described. I could almost hear the crashing waves.


The part with the mermaids wasn’t nearly as strong as the rest of the prose.


This was the second novel published by recently deceased author L. K. Madigan. Her first, Flash Burnout, won the 2010 YALSA Morris award.

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