Between the Sea and Sky

Between the Sea and Sky

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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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 147.32 x 208.28 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Bloomsbury Childrens Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1599904349
  • 9781599904344
  • 457,783

About Jaclyn Dolamore

JACLYN DOLAMORE's first book was "Magic Under Glass." She spent her childhood reading as many books as she could lug home from the library and playing elaborate pretend games with her sister. She has a passion for history, thrift stores, vintage dresses, David Bowie, drawing, and organic food. She lives with her partner and two black tabbies. www.jaclyndolamore.comshow more

Rating details

2,882 ratings
3.5 out of 5 stars
5 25% (721)
4 26% (746)
3 29% (827)
2 15% (431)
1 5% (157)

Our customer reviews

Title: Between the Sea and Sky Author: Jaclyn Dolamore Expected Publication Date: Oct. 25th 2011 Pages: 240 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books My Rating: 4 out of 5 golden apples. Goodreads Synopsis: 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. My Thoughts: Thanks to Bloomsbury USA I recieved a copy of this book via netgalley. I had heard some good things about it, but after I got it I was worried it would be a boring story. Once I started the book I was worried my worries would be confirmed, but once I got into the book it pleasantly surprised me. I had lots of fun reading about Esmerine, and her world. Dolamore did a wonderful job weaving together the perfect amount of romance, and adventure to make this book come alive for me. This is tthe first mermaid book I've ever read and it definitely paved the way for me to read more in the future. Esmerine was a really fun protag and very original.I loved how she refused to give up on her sister, even though being on land caused her daily pain. Alan, at first struck me as a jerk. Thankfully as the book progressed I began to fall in love with him right along with Esmerine. He turned to be a really amazing guy but I guess he was just trying to find his way and when he explained to Esmerine why he had at first acted like a jerk when they reunited I totally got it. The scene in the grape vineyard was definately my favorite, and the scene in the mountains after Esmerine accidentally sprouted her tail on land was so beautiful. I love kissing in the rain, and under the stars. Anyway, in each book I've read so far I've always picked out that one person who just annoyed the mess out of me and for this book it would have to be either Alan's dad or the girl who came in the book shop demanding Esmerine's book. That was ridiculous and I honestly wished someone had slapped her. But since she didn't play that big of a role in the book I don't think she counts, but still she annoyed me. I'm giving this book four stars for not being a boring story about fish people and being a beautiful tale of girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl finds boy years later, girl needs boy's help, then girl and boy fall in love and get married. Hahaha! =Dshow more
by Golden Apple YA Book Reviews
Between The Sea and Sky was such a cute and fun read! I am a huge fan of mermaid mythology so it was interesting getting to see how they lived and the relationship between them and the humans. Add in the Fandarsee (winged people) to the story and all you want to do is pick up the book and get sucked in into this enchanted world. I would just like to point out that this book was more middle grade than young adult. The story flowed, there were implications, struggles, complications, and decisions to be made. However the resolution to the problems was too simple for the usual YA books, but a fun read nonetheless. I am a huge fan of strong female protagonists, and that's what I see in Esmerine. She went after what she wanted, cared about the people she loved, and was level headed (a quality missing in many female protagonists nowadays). I loved seeing the relationship develop between Esmerine and Alander, especially since they are both two different species. Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who misses the old day fairytales and wants to relive some of those magical and beautiful moments!show more
by Juhina & Farah
Ms. Dolamore writes a captivating novel, with characters that match the stunning cover. I enjoyed this book and the world she created. I've read about mermaids and sirens before, but I think that she had a unique take on them. I was intrigued by the Fandarsee, the winged people in the novel, since I've never read about anything quite like them. The focus of the story is our main character Esmerine trying to find her sister Dosinia, and I love how it shows love and devotion to family. Many stories have gravitated toward the romantic tendencies, and I enjoy more and more the familial connections when I see them like they're featured in this book. Not to discount the love story that exists within Between the Sea and Sky, because it is sweet, and I had fun seeing how it unfolded. Alandare is quite an intriguing character, and I enjoyed learning more about him and what makes him tick. It was hard until near the end to really get a good handle on him, and that's a good thing, he kept me in mystery and suspense. I loved being in Esmerine's head and could really understand her struggles and where she was coming from. Her pain, her joy and her emotions were clear and it was easy to get in her head. I wasn't sure exactly what she would choose at each turn, and Ms. Dolamore made her conflict real and challenging--she didn't get anything without a price. I hope there's more to this world, and I'd love to get my hands on it.show more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Evoking the classic fairytale feel of Hans Christian Andersen, Jaclyn Dolamore has woven a beautiful tale about a fish who loved a bird. Esmerine, a mermaid on the cusp of adulthood, anxiously awaits her siren's initiation. For as long as she can remember, Esmerine and her sister Dosia have dreamed about being sirens together and a life beyond the confines of the sea. However, after Esmerine's siren ceremony, Dosia goes missing. Esmerine, terrified that her sister has been lured to the human world to an existence of pain and misery, leaves behind sea and family determined to find Dosia and save her. Along the way, Esmerine stumbles upon an old childhood friend, the winged man, Alander. Parted by circumstances beyond their control so many years before, Esmerine and Alander have never forgotten one another, and their friendship begins evolving into something more. Can there be a happily ever after for a love that exists between the sea and sky? As with her lovely debut, Magic Under Glass, Dolamore has once again demonstrated her incredible ability to craft beautiful fairytale worlds and characters. Mermaids who can transform their fins to legs. A race of winged people who harness the magic of the wind. Humans from exotic lands unknown. Medieval towns, cities on cliffs and craggy rocks where sirens sing to passing ships. A mysterious history,only hinted at, filled with ancient beings, knights and oracles. All these things combine to create a fantastic, dimensional canvas onto which Dolamore paints her story. Both main characters surprised me as they were somewhat different than what I was expecting, and pleasantly so. Esmerine was not at all what I imagined a siren to be - wild, free-spirited and perhaps a little impetuous or reckless. That description would more accurately be applied to Dosia. Instead Esmerine is cautious, mindful of consequences, responsible, and rather mature for her sixteen years. She adores the world of written stories ever since introduced to books by a much younger Alander who taught her to read. Because of her friendship with Alander, she's endured the stigma from her fellow Mer of being that "odd" girl who associated with "that winged boy." Alander was an interesting male lead. Bookish, serious, intense and straight-laced, he was a unique change from the alpha-male heroes that so often populate young adult romances. With his rigid ideals of the man he should be and bearing the weight of his father's disapproval, Alander is much different than the boy Esmerine once knew and watching his character develop as his friendship with her rekindles is one of my favorite parts of the story. I also love the descriptions of him and the Fandarsee, the winged people - what they looked like, their society and how their wings worked. It felt like a very creative, original concept. The romance. It's probably quite apparent by now that every book I pick up has some kind of romantic storyline. And this book is no exception. I just adore the concept of two totally different creatures falling in love with each other. Not only does their love face opposition by outside forces but because of what they are, it's also completely impractical. But when is passion or love ever practical? It's this wide gulf that separates them from being together - the crucial problem you don't know if they'll be able to find a way past - that drove this story for me. While I loved the characters, the world and the romance of Between the Sea and Sky, at times the story fell just a little bit flat. At times it felt more like a middle grade novel than young adult, but it could be that this book is supposed to fall somewhere in between. At times the story seemed a bit rushed with not enough detail and depth for my liking, but then other times it felt like the pacing was really slow. I also had some issues with the conclusion that I'm not going to share here, for obvious reasons. But despite these detractors, I really enjoyed Esmerine and Alander's story and being immersed in their world. Overall, In Between the Sea and Sky, Dolamore has created an enchanting, beautiful fairytale about the things that would separate and the love that binds.show more
by Dani @ Refracted Light
Between Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore brought me back to an old time favorite fairy-tale, The Little Mermaid. I couldn't help but have that story in the back of my mind while I read all the way through. Though this story can greatly stand alone! Just like Hans Christian Anderson, Jaclyn Dolamore has a pleasantly smooth and whimsical voice. A fanciful fairy-tale that's sure to take its place among the other delightful stories and twist of Mer folk lore. I really liked how Jaclyn Dolamore made mermaids have the ability of willing themselves to have legs if they chose to take human form, but with the complication of having/baring pain in their feet each step they took. And how not all mermaids become sirens, and to those who do become a siren will always have the compulsions of venturing into the surface world and be drawn to its humans. I adored how she made a world where humans are well aware of mermaids and interact with them as well as the 'winged people.' The combination of having two worlds, the floating city for the Fandarsee people and the sea for the Mermaids, intricately weaves with each other along with the human world flawlessly as if it can be possible in today's modern time. Between Sea and Sky is a fast read and not as challenging/require much in depth thought. The ending was very pleasing and I am so happy that it won't have me up all night fretting on a follow-up. It read like a stand alone novel, but I would not mind the least if there would be a sequel. But if it is a stand alone, I LOVED the ending!show more
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