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The Mermaid's Mirror

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A message. A key. A mirror. A secret world unlocked.

Lena has lived her whole life near the beach, walking the shore, breathing the salty air,swimming in the cold water, and watching the surfers rule the waves. As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Lena vows to learn to surf. Her father forbids it. But something Lena can’t identify at first—an ancient, powerful magic—keeps...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published October 4th 2010)
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~Tina~
2.5stars

The Mermaid's Mirror was an okay mermaid book, probably one of the better ones I've read at this point. The first half did a great job with the mystery build-up and I was intrigued by Lena and how she was drawn to the sea, consciously and unconsciously. I also loved her parents and her little brother, Cole (so adorable) and her friend Pem. Her boyfriend, Kai, was a sweetie in that lame-but-cute kinda way. The pace was kinda slow but it had that alluring quality so I didn't mind. But then...more
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
For the most part I hated this book. I have no patience for books where the lead protagonist is an immature, whiny brat (and I'm using the good B word here). Lena is supposed to be 16 but for the entire length of the book she behaves like an eleven year old. I have a headache from rolling my eyes so much.

With the exception of her little brother, Cole, she is very selfish to everyone. She has two best friends, Pem and Kai, and she basically doesn't even want to be around them. Pem tries to tell h...more
Emily
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Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)
I loved this book. It is a perfect beach or summer read. It is spellbinding---I was drawn in from the very beginning and could not stop until I finished the story in one sitting. I love it when that happens!

The Mermaid's Mirror is about a 15 year-old girl, Lena, who defies her parents and learns to surf. She is drawn to the ocean and sneaks around behind her parents' backs to surf in the most dangerous waters. Lena's mother died when she was four years old, although Lena does not know the circum...more
Ashley Poston
What can I say? It's a twisted mermaid tale that slips in a bit of selkie lore. Which was part stunning, but a lot more confusing.

While I can understand Madigan's thought process when she wrote this book, I'm not quite sure I understand why she had to combine two perfectly separate myths into a very geographically-absurd novel. Southern California's coast is an awesome setting. Diamond Bay? OK, I might can understand that. But that's all we get from Madigan--names of places. She doesn't give us...more
Zoë Marriott
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Meaghan
I really enjoyed the author's writing in this novel. The book can be divided into two parts: life with her father on the land and life with her mother in the sea. Lena has spent her life with her father, step-mother and younger brother living in a beautiful home near the ocean. While most of her friends love surfing, she has been reluctant to try because her father had some sort of accident. As it turns out the "accident" was not a surfing accident at all but a run-in with Lena's mother's family...more
Wicked Walker
It has taken me a bit to form an opinion on this book. I love a good happy ending so this book's ending, while happy in some aspects, left me disappointed and feeling cheated. I found the story itself interesting but the parts that interested me the most were located in the last 1/3 of the book. The first 2/3 gave you a lot of background info, some character building, and some wandering-filler type info but when the mermaid part came into play and her "true" love interest..it was toward the end...more
Angie
May 10, 2010 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a really good fantasy book
I loved, loved, loved this book. It was extremely well written and paced, keeping me just on the edge of my seat.

I think Lena was very in character to how a sixteen year old would be. She wasn't perfect or flawless or just all good. She was a lovely and well rounded character. I loved her relationships with people too especially and how complicated and multi-level everything was.

I was tearing near the end of the book but kind of in a good way. I really liked the ending too but I do hope it is no...more
Andrea at Reading Lark
*3.5 Rating
Review Posted on Reading Lark 11/10/12: http://readinglark.blogspot.com/2012/...

The protagonist, Lena, has always been drawn to the water. She feels most comfortable when she is in the ocean. Her greatest desire is to learn to surf, but her father stubbornly refuses to allow her to take lessons. A surfing accident keeps him on the shore and he fears that something terrible will happen to Lena. As the story unfolds, readers will learn that Lena's father fears more than a few wipe-outs....more
Kapri
I was so excited to read The Mermaid's Mirror. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to my expectations.

This started out quite slow. About the first hundred pages almost nothing happened. If picked up a little bit later on, but overall nothing really happens until the last 100 pages or so. When it finally did get to the mermaid part, though, I did enjoy it. But, I felt like that part was crammed into a short little section. No sooner had I started it, it was over. I could have spent a lot more...more
Caitlings
When I started reading this book I honestly had no idea what it was about. I’d read the flap and it struck me as a little…odd…a girl finds a mirror that belongs to a mermaid and she likes to surf?

But I like mermaids, so I thought, “why not?”

Lena lives in a small(ish) town just outside of San Fransisco. A coastal town known for its surfing. But Lena’s dad had a bad accident while surfing a number of years ago and hasn’t stepped foot in the water since. And he has always refused Lena when she aske...more
Kristi (The Story Siren)
I loved Madigan's first novel Flash Burnout. So, I had expectations going into this novel. I won't go as far as saying that I was disappointed.... because I wasn't really, but this novel is definitely different than her first novel, but not necessarily in a bad way.

I don't want to be be spoilery.... but the novel does have a little mermaid action going on. The first half of the book could be considered contemporary fiction... it's Lena's basic day to day interaction with her family and friends,...more
Lisa
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Cass -  Words on Paper
What brought me to read "The Mermaid's Mirror" by L. K. Madigan was the magical-looking cover. It seemed middle-grade, and even now it sits in my mind between middle-grade and YA, as the novel would be relatable to both parties. Anyway, the beginning was very quiet for me, very slow. I did not want to give up, as I had faith that it would pick up, and it did. After Lena, the protagonist, begins surfing, the action and "magic" began to arise, and it was by then that I knew that I was in for somet...more
Chelsea
First off, let me say I did like this book. I didn't love or even dislike it, it was really only okay for me. I didn't feel Lena was strong enough of a character. Through the book I was questioning every decision she made, not fully understand her reasons behind them. It was almost as if the only reason she made them was because the author needed her to do "this" to get "there". Now I know this is how most books come to be, start off with an idea and work the characters to fit the situations. Ho...more
Tarana
I read this book last summer and while it wasn't a book I could not put down I did read it during all my free time because of how good it was. The beginning showed the main character (forget her name) living this perfect life. I was almost so enthralled in the perfectness of her life that I didn't want it to end. Obviously, it did. The book completely changed tones in the middle from a story about a perfect girl with a perfect life to a girl who had found out a ton about herself and her family....more
Penelope
I am SO glad I was able to review this book! If you plan to spend a day at the beach reading, this is the book you want to take. And if, like me, you're in the middle of cold weather, it will bring a fresh sea breeze to your mind. It's chock full of beaches, surfing, underwater scenery, mystery, and of course mermaids.

I think Madigan did a wonderful job writing this book. I liked that she sometimes used texts and IMs as a form of communication, which really brought it into today's world. The son...more
Whatchyareading
When I started reading this book I honestly had no idea what it was about. I’d read the flap and it struck me as a little…odd…a girl finds a mirror that belongs to a mermaid and she likes to surf?

But I like mermaids, so I thought, “why not?”

Lena lives in a small(ish) town just outside of San Fransisco. A coastal town known for its surfing. But Lena’s dad had a bad accident while surfing a number of years ago and hasn’t stepped foot in the water since. And he has always refused Lena when she aske...more
Shweta
" Move aside Faeries , here come the Mermaids!

If I had to describe this book in one word I would say AMAZING!

Combining fantasy and contemporary doesn't always give the right result but here I would say the author was right on the target. Lena who yearns for sea and has been forbidden to surf by her dad ,can't help but long for it.She mysteriously finds herself on the beach in the middle of the night and this seems to happen quite often with her.

Also finding a mermaid while gazing at the sea from...more
Louize


“By the light
of the blueberry moon,
we sang this song
in Lena’s room.”


The pull of the ocean is strong on Selena Whittaker; she never tires from looking at it. She even sleepwalks, waking in Magic Crescent Cove in the wee hours of the morning. Her friends attribute it for her deep desire to learn how to surf. But unlike Selena, they know nothing about the magic – Mermaids are real.

I don’t know any girl who isn’t enchanted with mermaids. Their story is something we always want to dive into. Yet, it...more
Nancy
Well, now. I am finding this one difficult to rate fairly.

16-year-old Lena lives by the sea and longs to learn to surf. But her dad, formerly an excellent surfer, refuses to even discuss it. Meantime, Lena finds herself more and more drawn to dangerous Magic Crescent Cove, and the glimpses she has had there of a strange, dark-haired woman swimming among the seals. Family secrets are beginning to bubble up, and Lena is in more trouble than she knows. Her call to the sea may be the call of blood -...more
The Sweet Bookshelf
The cover alone made me pick up this book! Isn't it gorgeous?! I love the sea, and miss living in California so I knew I'd love this book. I wasn't disappointed. I really liked Lena's character and her draw toward the sea.

When she see's the mermaid for the first time she knows there is a connection, but doesn't know what it means. When she finally finds out what it is, IT'S HUGE!! Answers are finally provided.

When she goes below the sea to the mermaid village and begins to forget her life and fa...more
Crystal
It was a cute book, but I think I would have liked it a lot more when I was younger. It was really predictable, and I really didn't like how selfish the main character (Lena) was. My favourite character was actually the dad, and I wanted to know more about him. Some things were explained too simply, other things were a bit hokey, but there were a few vividly beautiful moments that I enjoyed.

Overall, it was a cute story but not something I would recommend because nothing unique stood out from it.
Victoria Allman
This is beautiful whimsical tale that is touching and heartfelt. I enjoyed every page and wished to be swimming in the ocean with each turn of the page. I think it straddled the middle-grade/young adult border, but would be enjoyed by any age. It would be hard not to wish mermaids were real after reading The Mermaid's Mirror.
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
I just couldnt get into this one. I got to about 36% in and gave up was not for me. I think the story-line was just too slow for my liking. I was expecting more insight on the mermaids and their world. Lena's story was a tad boring.
Rachael
The author either doesn't know the difference between a Selkie and a Mermaid or she decided to ignore the difference and just combine the two. Either way, it was highly annoying.
Anya
I read The Mermaid’s Mirror by L.K. Madigan as part of the Mermaid Summer Reading Challenge, since who doesn’t want to read more mermaid books, right?? :D I actually managed to read it in one day because I was flying 4+ hours with added layover time. If I wasn’t stuck on a plane, I might not have managed this one folks. The Mermaid’s Mirror was good at first, but it quickly went down hill once I was past 50%. I was frustrated with the world-building, insta-love, and strange betrayal in the secon...more
Christina Santo
I really liked this book until the end. I kind of wished that there was a way for Lena to live in both worlds. And I wanted some love interest for Lena to work out okay. I've seen Lena used as a nickname for Selena. They are both very pretty names. I am also a fan of the name Kai, though it looks more surfer and/or Asian spelled that way. He was a really cute boyfriend and I hope he gets a nice girlfriend who appreciates him. He and Lena are great friends though. Cole was the most adorable chara...more
Lkmadigan
This is my second book baby, and I certainly can't play favorites! I love it just as much as my first.
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Lisa Wolfson (also known as L.K. Madigan) was born in Portland, Oregon, but when she was ten years old, her parents moved to Los Angeles. They were pretty insistent that she accompany them. She spent the rest of her formative years in L.A. (the Valley, to be exact … a region made famous in both song and film). When she was 28, she decided that she didn’t want to spend the rest of her life in L.A.,...more
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