Author: Jaclyn Dolamore
Publish Date: October 25th, 2011 ; Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
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.
Between the Sea and Sky is a cute and short read. This is the first mermaid book I have read since . . Little Mermaid. So, no high expectations were made. I just wanted to see how well an author can portray a mermaid story. Jaclyn Dolamore did a great job with that.
This story follows a mermaid that goes to search for her runaway sister. Esmerine, the main character, has just become a siren. Her and her sister, Dosia (Dosinia), are the only sirens in her family. Esmerine and Dosia are really close, so when Dosia just runs away, Esmerine is shocked and determined to find her. Sirens are allowed to change into humans, by growing legs, but whenever the walk, their feet will burn with an agonizing pain. But Esmerine is dead-set on finding her sister. Esmerine manages to get a ride into town, hoping to find an old friend of hers. A winged man, Faransee, named Alander. He used to come to the sea and read books to Esmerine. It's been years since Esmerine has last saw him, from him saying he can't come back to see her and the disapproval from the mermaid community. After some catching up and figuring out where exactly Dosia is located, Alander and Esmerine set out to go find her. Which ends in expecting twists and turns.
Between the Sea and Sky wasn't a cliched book. The plotline didn't remind me of another book. Actually, there is no other book that I can related this book to. It has a story of it's own. The romance, thankfully, wasn't instant. It developed over the whole book. Different than those books that romance happens over just one chapter. I love the foreign names that I ran across in the book. Esmerine, Alander, Dosinia, Karinda, Swift, etc. It was fun to read this book; I really enjoyed it. Jacyln's writing style was very easy to follow along with.
I recommend this book to fantasy lovers(:
Esmerine swallowed, remembering the day when the elder sirens explained how to wreck a fishing boat that took more than its share of fish and how to drown a human swiftly.