Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Between The Sea and Sky by: Jaclyn Dolamore Review

Title: Between The Sea and Sky
Author: Jaclyn Dolamore
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
Pages: 240
Source: NetGalley


For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosinia, as a siren--the highest calling a mermaid can have. When Dosinia runs away to the mainland, Esmerine is sent to retrieve her. Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily to the capital city. There she comes upon a friend she hasn't seen since childhood--a dashing young man named Alandare, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alandare band together to search for Dosinia, they rekindle a friendship . . . and ignite the emotions for a love so great, it cannot be bound by sea, land, or air.

My Review: 

This is a great and interesting story about mermaids and sirens.  When Esmerine becomes a siren she longs for the time when her and her sister Dosinia can go out together.  The next day Dosinia disappears and Esmerine is on a mission to find out what happened to her sister. 

 She goes to the mainland and meets up with an old friend of her's Alandare, a winged man who she use to spend time with.  He now works in a local book store and decides to help Esmerine find out what happened to her sister.

We also meet another Mermaid who's takin' to leaving the water for the mainland wanting something more than signing and swimming, also Swift another winged boy who is on a mission for Esmerine to find Dosinia and deliver a letter from her sister asking what happened.

As Esmerine and Alan decide to fly to where Dosinia is they find they are bonding over time.  Their first stop is to see Alan's father to get more magic to help them to get to the mountains where Dosinia lives.  Alan's father has a crude opinion of mermaids and sirens being ignorant to which Esmerine pleads her case with him.  Alan acquires his mothers belt which held her mermaid magic.

Finally they get to the mountains, and Esmerine learns that Dosinia isn't upset about her choice, she hasn't been kidnapped or had her belt stolen from her.  She has chosen this life.  Dosinia inquires to her sister what she is going to do about Alan and the feelings there.

This book was a great story about Esmerine and Alandare.  A great love story and adventured combined together.

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