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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

A Beautiful Underwater Journey

There is something magical about the cover of The Mermaid's Mirror, alone, is there not? It was the first thing that caught my
eye when I was given the opportunity to review this book. It really reeled me in (lol, I won't go there.)

L.K. Madigan brought to me a wo...
There is something magical about the cover of The Mermaid's Mirror, alone, is there not? It was the first thing that caught my
eye when I was given the opportunity to review this book. It really reeled me in (lol, I won't go there.)

L.K. Madigan brought to me a world that I quite didn't expect even with the cover being a very accurate indication of this book's true worth. Madigan didn't stop at bringing me a world I already knew, she brought me one more, one which is believably decorating the ocean floor beneath the breaking waves that Selena, our main character, watches
with a passion and yearning I couldn't help but feel.

The importance of family, friends and the need to follow your heart is a huge player in this book. The aspect of family weighs heavy on Lena as she faces the mystery surrounding her existence, her mother and her father's fear of the ocean. Her friendships prove loyal and strong as well giving this story an added depth that is explored and appreciated.

All characters, including footed and finned both, are well defined and likable, even those who weren't so nice. It felt good to read a story where there was true definition to each character. One of my favorite characters, I easily fell in love with, was one who was under the sea and I believe stole many hearts not only my own, Nix. His role in
this story added the extra sense of a fairytale even though not all fairytales are happily-ever-afters.

Simply yet beautifully written, The Mermaid's Mirror is a story with a lot going on including its own mystery and heart breaking romance. It has a lingering affect on your heart, leaving you aching for not only what Lena left behind (and went home to) but for a continuation of her story. Even with a fulfilling story and well tied ending it just left me wanting more.

Thank You to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin for providing an e-galley for me to review.

posted by A_Readers_Record on December 30, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

review taken from One Book At A Time

This story had so much potential, but for me I just couldn't fully get into it. I really wanted to like it.

I loved the ocean setting. I enjoyed the fact that they lived within walking distance to the beach. I loved how Lena was so drawn to the ocean. You could r...
This story had so much potential, but for me I just couldn't fully get into it. I really wanted to like it.

I loved the ocean setting. I enjoyed the fact that they lived within walking distance to the beach. I loved how Lena was so drawn to the ocean. You could really feel that in the story. I liked how the mermaid's fit into the story. The explanations for how people felt after they saw them was interesting. I really liked Lena's father, especially after the truth comes out. The story of Lena's mother and why he never goes in the ocean was really catching for me. I also liked most of the other characters.

Which leads me to the biggest problem. I didn't really like Lena. She was so hard to identify with. I really didn't like when she got mad at her dad for not telling her the truth. For some reason, I just can't picture the right time to break that kind of news. I also didn't really enjoy how she kept everyone at arm's length. I also didn't really like the mermaid's. I know they are suppose to be different creatures who don't necessarily think and act like we do, but they seemed so heartless. Even Lena's mother didn't seem to be acting motherly.

The biggest drawback for me was the ending. I extremely disliked the ultimatum that Lena was given. It seemed drastic and unnecessary. I think the mermaid's and Lena could have learned from each other in way that wasn't harmful to either. I do think many younger teens will enjoy this book though. It just wasn't really for me.

posted by pagese on January 13, 2011

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

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    review taken from One Book At A Time

    This story had so much potential, but for me I just couldn't fully get into it. I really wanted to like it.

    I loved the ocean setting. I enjoyed the fact that they lived within walking distance to the beach. I loved how Lena was so drawn to the ocean. You could really feel that in the story. I liked how the mermaid's fit into the story. The explanations for how people felt after they saw them was interesting. I really liked Lena's father, especially after the truth comes out. The story of Lena's mother and why he never goes in the ocean was really catching for me. I also liked most of the other characters.

    Which leads me to the biggest problem. I didn't really like Lena. She was so hard to identify with. I really didn't like when she got mad at her dad for not telling her the truth. For some reason, I just can't picture the right time to break that kind of news. I also didn't really enjoy how she kept everyone at arm's length. I also didn't really like the mermaid's. I know they are suppose to be different creatures who don't necessarily think and act like we do, but they seemed so heartless. Even Lena's mother didn't seem to be acting motherly.

    The biggest drawback for me was the ending. I extremely disliked the ultimatum that Lena was given. It seemed drastic and unnecessary. I think the mermaid's and Lena could have learned from each other in way that wasn't harmful to either. I do think many younger teens will enjoy this book though. It just wasn't really for me.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Ok

    So far im only on page 37 and its super slow...theres all this talk about finding something and nothing about leading upto anything special. I cant really say its hooking me so if u want something that doesnt go all over the place with nothing important im not going to suggest it

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 15, 2013

    Mistclan

    Go to Emerald Atlas to join.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2011

    Recommended

    The plot was predictable. Author seemed rushed to finish it in the end. But still a very cute read.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    ok

    really got into this book.....the middle and end disappointed me.

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

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    A younger reader mermaid story

    Lena just turned sixteen and wants more than anything to learn how to surf. Problem is, her father refuses to let her. When she finally does get a chance to learn, she realizes that not only does surfing come naturally to her, but she is good at it, too! That is, until she spots what certainly looks like a mermaid off in the ocean's distance. Suddenly everything Lena has known about her life so far is turned on it's head. Figuring out who her mother really was is not going to be an easy task, but it will be necessary if Lena wants to learn who she is as well.

    My first thought about this book was that it read a lot younger than I expected it to. I am a huge fan of mermaid stories, and so I was super stoked to read this one. However, when I began reading, I was immediately turned off by how young and spoiled Lena sounded. The rest of her family is so understanding and nice! I also liked her boyfriend Kai a whole lot better, and would have liked to see more of him in the story. After a few chapters I got into the story, but then the second half of the book (when Lena begins to really get some answers) slows way down. This slower pace pulled me out of the story and made it a lot less urgent to keep reading the chapters. The parts I did enjoy about the book were the surfing scenes, and the scenes where Lena was super tender with her brother Cole. There was also some interesting mermaid lore, for those mermaid fiction fans out there. A good story and a worthy read, but in the end was nothing special.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

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    The Mermaid's Mirror

    The Mermaid's Mirror has an interesting view on the life of a mermaid, and I found the mermaid village to be utterly charming. However, the beginning was a little slow and hard to get into.

    Lena was an alright character. I loved how much she loved her little brother, but otherwise she had no other really defining characteristics. Her father was adorable and kind. He gave up so much for the love of his family. His story was sad, and I still feel tears well up at the thought of it. Lena's brother was the cutest character in this novel. He was so sweet, and his love for his family and Lena just oozed off the pages.

    This novel did not really get interesting until the beginning of the end. I enjoyed the mermaid folklore, and L.K. did a good job in bringing the mermaids to life.

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    Posted March 22, 2011

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