The Mermaid's Mirror is an interesting YA book about a typical west coast girl who has typical boyfriend-girlfriend issues until a much larger issue arises--her mermaid mother. Not typical at all.
Author's summary: 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 fromt he sand: she will earn to surf even though her father forbids it. Because something keeps drawing Lena to the water...an ancient, powerful magic. And one morning Lena catches sight of this magic: a beautiful woman--with a silvery tail.
Now nothing can stop Lena from seeking the mermaid, not even the dangerous waves at Magic Crescent Cove.
An soon...what she sees in the mermaid's mirror will change her life forever.
Lena lives two blocks from the ocean with her dad, her mother (who we find out is really her stepmother), and her half-brother. Lena dearly loves her family, but she is mystified about her father's surfing accident and why he continues to refuse to allow her to learn to surf. Lena loves the ocean and desperately wants to surf.
When she sneaks some surfing lessons, the instructor is amazed by Lena's instinctive ability to understand the ocean and the waves. She's a "natural." Soon, Lena finds out just why she's such a natural--her mother is a mermaid.
The magic is just part of this touching tale about a teenager who finds out she doesn't know her parents as well as she thought she did. The relationships and familial struggles in Lena's family make the book real even as the magical part of the tale takes the story underwater.
YA readers will love the story and YA fantasy lovers will love the magic.