The Mermaid's Mirror
By L.K. Madigan
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. 316 pgs. Young Adult
Lena has always wanted to learn to surf, but her father, who had a surfing accident when he was younger, has always refused to let her try. When she decides to defy his orders, drawn by a power that seems beyond her, she finds herself stumbling onto secrets beyond her wildest dreams.
This contemporary fantasy novel features an interesting, in somewhat underdeveloped, alternate world. The choices Lena faces seemed to be resolved a little too easily; while her decisions seemed realistic, sometimes they just seemed to come about too quickly. Overall, though, readers who want fantasy without vampires and the like may enjoy this new story.