Summary (from goodreads.com):
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 …
The first half dragged quite a bit. There is a lot of focus on Lena’s day to day life, the mystery surrounding her birth-mother’s death, and her father refusing to surf or even go near the water. The existence of a mermaid is revealed to the reader right from the first chapter, but Lena doesn’t find this out until halfway through the book. It makes her big discovery less of a surprise.
Despite the first half, Lena’s quest remains compelling throughout. Once getting past it, the book picks up speed. The world created beneath the waves is very interesting and intriguing. I wish there had been more time spent there. The ending is not quite what I would have expected, but in a very good way.
It was a nice, light read with a touch of magic. Great for taking to the beach.