Saturday, 7 April 2012

Review: Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore

Between the Sea and SkyReviewed by Gina
Date Read: March 10th, 2012
Date Published: October 25th, 2011
Publishers: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
Format: Hardback
Pages: 4229
Blurb: 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 Alander, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alander 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.

This was just a fun read and it’s refreshing to read a stand-alone novel every once in a while. The characters were fun and loveable and I enjoyed this book.

Esmerine has finally become a siren just like her sister, Dosinia, but everything turns for the worst. Dosinia has run away and disappeared....with a human. The two have always shared a fascination with the land and the occupants but Esmerine never thought she’d do something like that. So Esmerine begins a quest to find her sister with her old friend who is a winged being. Together they set off on an adventure of a liftetime.

Technically this was my first mermaid book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I read Paranormalcy but the main character wasn’t a mermaid so it didn’t exactly count. I remember wanting to be a mermaid and playing in the pool with my sister pretending to be one (the joys of childhood) and I think that this book was a refreshing book on the mermaid myths (I’ve seen a few films about mermaids – do they count?).

I loved the character of Esmerine and the winged boy Alander and I thought there romance was very sweet and different. The world Dolamore created had a fairy tale feeling to it which I liked and it was a light and fun read. It was a detailed world that I enjoyed and in the future I’d like to re-read the book just for a light read as I enjoyed it that much.

An enjoyable read for people who like something fun and light and not too heavy. And for anyone who loves a little sprinkling of romance that is sweet and not full on love that overcomes the plot and storyline.

Rating: 4 stars!!


  1. Oooo you're so lucky you got to read this. I've been wanting to for forever! Anyway, great review and I'm so glad you liked it!! :)

    Emily@Emily's Crammed Bookshelf