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December 01, 2011

Review: Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore - Juhina

Between the Sea and Sky
Title: Between the Sea and Sky
Author: Jaclyn Dolamore
Publication date: October 25th, 2011
Genre(s): Young Adult (Fantasy)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's books
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 240
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 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!

A Magical tune, spray the fairy dust!


  1. Aaah Girls! I really want to read this book!! I love cute stories! thanks for the honest review! I seriously don't mind reading things that seems to be more middle grade than YA, Im still a child after all!! lol... (Peter Pan complex ^^)
    Great review! muah!!

    Dazzling Reads

  2. As much as I love mermaids I have yet to read one of the new YA mermaid stories. I have seen several good looking ones just haven't tried it yet. I'm glad that you liked this mermaid story even if it was a little more middle grade. :)

    Thanks for the great review

  3. I love love love the cover! Is it good enough to read? Why did you say it's more towards MG?

  4. @primrose because the resolution was too simple, it was too "what? thats it?" when it came to a conflict bein solved, so thats why its more MG than YA, but i loved it!

    - juhina