Author: Jaclyn Dolamore (@jackiedolamore)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
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.Cover is quite stunning. It represents the book well.
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.
She doubled over as her very bones shifted. Her long fins drew themselves up into tight, dense little feet, and then spread into toes that barely glanced the sandy ocean floor, sending a faint, almost ticklish pain across her newborn soles.
I haven’t reviewed a book in a long while. I haven’t found the right book to talk about. Between the Sea and Sky lifted my spirits about books. This book has combined fantasy, adventure, and romance into a very imaginative world.
The fantasy in this book is just wonderful. It was great to explore Jaclyn’s take on the mermaid world. If I could picture anything about mermaids, Jaclyn got it spot on. Even the tiny details, like them waving their tails, or when Esmerine changes her tail for feet. It’s sounded painful, and her walking in those tight human clothes, I felt sorry for her.
Then, there are the winged people, called the Fandarsee, who were not quite what I imagined. Instead wings coming from their backs, their wings are there arms and they have no hands, only their thumb and a finger. They have clawed feet to hold onto to things as they take flight. Jaclyn has a wonderful imagination to create such amazing, wondrous beings.
Then there are Alander’s and Esmerine’s feelings towards each other. The story is told from Esmerine’s point of view and you can tell she has feelings for Alan. But she is worried that Alan’s feelings may not be the same, she thinks he is only helping her because he sees that she is helpless. I couldn’t help but hope they would confess their feelings towards each other throughout the story.
Everything about this book was fantastic. I can’t stop thinking about all of the characters. Jaclyn has made me a new fan, and I can’t wait to read what she has to offer next.
Ah, it looks like I missed one of Jaclyn’s book, Magic Under Glass. This book has a sequel coming out April 10, 2012, titled Magic Under Stone.