Feb 27, 2012

The Mermaid's Mirror.

Posted by Jenia. at 2/27/2012 12:38:00 PM
The Mermaid's Mirror.
L.K Madigan.
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Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Books.
Publication Date:October 4,2010.
Genre:YA Paranormal,Mystery.
Format|Pages:Hardcover|320.
Source:Library|Goodreads


2.8 STARS



For as long as I remember, I had always been fascinated with Mermaids. Ever since I saw Little Mermaid when I was younger. It was one of the reasons I picked up The Mermaid’s Mirror , it seemed like it would be an interesting read, at least that’s an impression I got after reading the description. It turned out to be not as interesting as I thought it be, it disappointed me. The first half of book was really hard to get into; it was bit slow for me. It wasn’t till Lena started discovering about her family, that it got exciting. The Mermaid’s Mirror was the first Mermaid novel I read, but wasn’t too happy with it.

Lena lived her entire life, near the beach, it seems as something always keep drawing her to the Ocean. Multiple times, Lena found herself on the beach in the morning, with no memory of how she gotten there in the first place, that she keeps a secret from others. Her sixteen birthday approaching, Lena wants to finally surf, but her father, once a famous surfer till the accident, forbids her to.

Then Lena sees a mermaid, with silver tail which draws her even more towards the ocean. Against her father’s wishes, she starts get surfing lessons from Kai’s sister, going behind both of her parent’s back. Unlike other beginners, surfing seems to come naturally to Lena, and she’s hoping eventually to see that mermaid, that had been constantly on her mind, she feels as if she connected to her somehow.

It’s not till she surfing by herself one day, and gets rescued by the mermaid, who gives her a key. A Key that unlocks cabinet to Mermaid’s mirror and it’s then that Lena discovers who her mother was, that her own father had been keeping secrets from her. Angry and hurt at both of
her parents, Lena goes to her mother, to her world and there she must decide who she really wants to be


 To be honest, I wasn’t sure how much I would end up liking this novel. When I had started it reading it, the first half of the novel didn’t really capture my attention all that much. I couldn’t really get into it much till around time when Lena started surfing, after that, it seemed to pick up more. I was about to give up till that part. However, once Lena got the key and discovered the mirror, that’s when the novel got appealing for me.

I thought that Under the Water world was fascinating, that was probably my favorite part out of the whole world. For the longest time, I thought that Lena actually considered about staying there, especially after she started asking where she could get the tail, I thought she go through it. I did feel bad for her dad though while she was in the water, I couldn’t imagine what could possibly be going through his mind at that moment.

Kai, I felt bad for him. I could tell that he cared about Lena. I knew that she cared about him too but not as much as he cared about her and to be honest, I don’t think that was really fair to Kai. Especially when she took off, without even saying anything to him and then getting herself involved in relationship with a merman, Nix. Who I felt that Lena wasn’t fair to either, especially after telling him she never leave him, she took off without even saying, explaining herself to him.

To me, ending seemed unrealistic. She seemed to return to her former life as nothing happened. It just seemed unresolved. I was hoping she would at least return to sea, to see Nix, especially considering fact how she told him how she loved him. Also what about the tail, the one she was so content on getting? It was not a book I was expecting, I was hoping for more action. I was hoping at least some issues would be resolved. However, it wasn’t a bad read, there were few aspects of book I did enjoy.

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