The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K. Madigan

Title: The Mermaid's Mirror
Author: L.K.Madigan
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children 
Publication Date: October 4, 2010
ebook from Netgally
ISBN: 0547194919 (ISBN13: 9780547194912)
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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 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.

This was a very quick and entertaining read for me. I started this book on a Friday night around 6:00 and finished it about 10.45 the same night. I was really intrigued by the story line. The main character is Lena. She's your average teen with a few issues. She is unavoidably drawn to the sea. So much so that she even walks in her sleep to the ocean.  She desperately wants to learn how to surf but her father forbids it. There is a bit of a mystery surrounding events in his past that Lena longs to find out. She loves her friends but she can't  confide in them her problems. She almost feels like an outsider. I liked her character a lot. It seemed Lena is trying to find out who she is and what she wants. Which is something I think everyone can relate to. I also loved Madigan's description of the beach and ocean. She made me long for it myself. I could almost smell the salty air and feel the sand between my toes. I also loved that Madigan named one of the characters Pemberley.  I'm a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice and I really appreciated this. This book was a little predictable but still a great read. I really enjoyed it.  

On a more personal note, I recently learned that L.K. Madigan passed away recently from pancreatic cancer. I'm very grieved to have learned this. Her husband is keeping her website up and running for all her fans.  One of Lisa's greatest wishes was to send her son to college. They've set up a trust fund for him and are taking donations. If you would like to donate, click here for more information. My condolences go out to her family and friends. 

*picture and summary taken from Goodreads
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  1. I love when a book does that to me, makes me want to be somewhere else. Looking at the temperature, the beach is sounding extremely good right now!

    It was sad to hear of her passing, she was so young :(

  2. Your comment about feeling the sand between your toes made me long for the ocean too :)

    That is quite sad news about the author.

  3. @Attack of the Book and TheBookGirl I want to go to the beach now too. :D

  4. Dear Marcie,
    thank you so very much for your kind words, and insightful review. I am always very proud to hear when readers have enjoyed Lisa's novels.
    Neil Wolfson

  5. Dear Neil,
    Thank you for stopping by. I really enjoyed this book and I hope others will too. Lisa had a way with words.


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