- Pub. Date: October 04, 2010
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Format: Hardcover, 320pp
- Sales Rank: 891,976
- Age Range: 12
Lena has lived her whole life near the beach - walking for miles up and down the shore and breathing the salty air, swimming in the cold water, and watching the surfers rule the waves - the problem is, she's spent her whole life just watching.
As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Lena vows she will no longer watch from the sand: she will learn to surf.
But her father - a former surfer himself - refuses to allow her to take lessons. After a near drowning in his past, he can't bear to let Lena take up the risky sport.
Yet something lures Lena to the water ... an ancient, powerful magic. One morning Lena catches sight of this magic: a beautiful woman - with a silvery tail.
Nothing will keep Lena from seeking the mermaid, not even the dangerous waves at Magic Crescent Cove.
And soon ... what she sees in the mermaid's mirror will change her life ...
This was my first foray into mermaid lore and I have to say, I really enjoyed it!
I was immediately drawn into the mystery of Leena. Her odd sleepwalking incidents, the pull of the ocean calling to her. Wondering why her father was so adamant about her not surfing. All this intrigued me.
Then came the land of the mermaid's and I was left in awe and falling in love with their world. I was drawn into their world and the more I read, the more I wanted to stay there. Such a beautiful and yet dangerous place to be.
The choices Leena are faced with are difficult and I was torn right along side of her. I'm not sure I would have been as strong or as brave as she was.
In conclusion, I loved this book. I was easily drawn into the story. I was left wanting to go to the beach and sit and watch the sea and look for the impossible. Or is it really impossible?
Author's Website: L.K. Madigan