Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Review: The Mermaid's Mirror by L. K. Madigan



Novel: The Mermaid’s Mirror
Author: L. K. Madigan
Pages: 320
Genre: YA


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 will not be posting any spoilers! Only opinion for the sake of those of us who love to have our first look at a book be untainted by foreknowledge.)

I think this novel will really be hit or miss with most readers. I enjoyed it, I have always loved the ocean and stories about … well, not saying much so I don’t ruin anything but I guess mermaids is okay to say because of the title. There was something very refreshing about this novel and the writing style really connected with me but I am not sure it will with everyone. It blended a more contemporary style very well with fantasy and you can really feel the connection that Lena feels to the ocean. There is some surfing! For those of you who enjoy reading surf novels, the surf scenes are very well written. As someone who knows how to surf (but isn’t very good) I can say surely that L.K. Madigan did a wonderful job of describing how amazing surfing can feel. This is a novel where you have to have a bit of patience for everything to be set up completely and get more attention grabbing. (not too long but long enough for me to feel I should warn you to give it a chance.) Overall, I enjoyed it a great deal and hope there will be a book two but I am not currently sure. I don’t see any information about it being a series so heres to hoping!


3 Stars!

Would I suggest you read it:

When is comes to this novel I would suggest you read and exert and see what you think about the writing style but if you do love then definitely try it.


(This novel was received through netGalley. This does not change my stance, opinion or effect my views in any way.)


  1. Hm - hadn't heard about this one, but your review makes me wonder if I might enjoy it. I'll slip it onto the ever-growing list. Thanks.

  2. Stopping by on the Hop.
    I'm still 17 at heart despite being double that age in real life. I love YA books.
    I'm a new follower.
    Have a great weekend!
    ~Inspired Kathy
    I Am A Reader, Not a Writer

  3. Hi Emma! Glad to have found you via FF. I've seen your book cover all over the blogosphere. Looks fun.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Haven't seen this book around, but I'm intrigued.

    Have a good weekend!