Friday, March 25, 2011

The Mermaid's Mirror by L. K. Madigan

Lena's connection to the ocean is stronger than she ever imagined. Strange things are happening in her life. She sleepwalks and blanks out. She even faints on occasion. These episodes seem yo be tied to the ocean and the mermaid Lena is sure she saw. Can Lena discover the truth before it's too late?

What I thought: I liked The Mermaid's Mirror. It's the ultimate modern surfer setting paired with a fantasy world where mermaids are real. I must say that I prefer the modern world to the fantasy one in the story. This is a fresh story for teens who enjoy paranormal fiction. Mermaids seem to be a growing trend in YA fiction. The Mermaid's Mirror is the 2nd of three mermaid books I've read recently. The others being Daughters of the Sea: Hannah by Kathryn Lasky and Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs (review to come).

Since writing the above, the wonderful and promising YA author, L.K. Madigan has passed away. Her first YA novel Flash Burnout received the William C. Morris YA Debut Award in 2010. She was working on a sequel to The Mermaid's Mirror. Such a loss--she was a great writer. Read her books. They are both wonderful in very different ways.

(Houghton Mifflin, 2010)

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