Wednesday, August 26, 2015

#bookreview: Miranda's Choice by Mya O'Malley

Have you ever felt that the grass is greener everywhere else? Meet Miranda James. Miranda has a problem. Her friends and family are wrapped up in themselves, so clueless. With divorced parents, a mother who is always on her case and a new step-mother on the horizon, Miranda wishes that everybody would just grow up.

In a moment of magic, Miranda is mysteriously pulled into the life of a charming mermaid and her adventurous daughter. Why can’t her life be so carefree and exhilarating? Why can’t her own mother be more like Abigail, the mermaid? Be careful what you wish for though. Only through self-realization can Miranda figure out that perhaps the grass is not always greener. Held captive in an underwater paradise, Miranda wishes to desperately recapture the life she used to have.
Through many twists and turns, Miranda is caught up in a whirlwind of emotions, including finding her first true love.

Miranda is faced with making a decision that will not only affect her own life, but also those around her. What would you choose?




It's hard not to draw comparisons between Miranda's Choice and The Wizard of Oz. Both young heroines went (or were taken) far away from home to a place they never knew existed. Both learned "there's no place like home". The tales told by both girls when they return to their homes is not believed by those who hear it - many of whom happen to look like people or beings from the 'other place'.

Of course, there are differences as well. Dorothy has Glenda the Good Witch. Miranda has Abigail the mermaid, who, while pretty and shiny on the outside, hides some deep dark secrets. And I don't think anyone would have trouble telling those two apart.

The summer before one enters high school only happens once. It is a prelude to the last big change of childhood. It's hard enough to go through as it is. Add to that the normal teen angst, and add a dash of Daddy's-marrying-someone-as-close-to-my-age-as-his..and you begin to see Miranda's problem.

Sure, at the beginning, Miranda may seem a little bratty. But she goes through (or does she?) an experience that alters her outlook on things and helps her realize what is important and what can be let go. I'd love to see what comes next for her.



Mya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter and three step-daughters. The family also consists of two boxers; Destiny and Dolce and a ragdoll cat named Colby. Mya earned an undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy. She works as a special education teacher and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students.

Mya’s passion is writing; she has been creating stories and poetry since she was a child. Mya spends her free time reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She is a romantic at heart and loves to create stories with unforgettable characters. Mya likes to travel; she has visited several Caribbean Islands, Mexico and Costa Rica. Mya is currently working on two new novels, Wasted Time and A Tale as Old as Time.


(Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this title from the author and publishers via in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.)

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