Title: Between the Sea and Sky
Author: Jaclyn Dolamore
Publisher: Bloomsbury Teen
Release Date: October 25, 2011
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.
The magic of this story is amazing. I loved how the adventure and longing of each character was captured in simple gazes and slight touches, a sigh here or a fanciful description of a daydream there. The imagery was beautiful – I could picture everything, from the setting to the facial expressions to the sound of the wind and the waves. I loved the premise of the story, too. The magic and the different cultures from above and below meeting literally on a middle ground was beautiful, and the difficulty and impossibilities of what Alander and Esme (and I!) wanted just made the story more enjoyable to read and find out what happened next.
The cover is gorgeous – the blue and the font and the model blend perfectly into a picturesque cover that reflects the plot and the title. The story is a great standalone, and the ending? Amazing!! I still can’t get over it, how everything was wrapped up (and made me so happy!!!)!!!! Haha even the characters who I wasn’t sure about in the beginning had an interesting way of making me change my mind, mostly because of Alander and Esme’s influence on my point of view, but still. Even though this book wasn’t a screaming-in-frustration-at-the-ending-because-I-want-so-much-more-of-these-characters book, it was still a book that I would highly recommend to anyone wanting a good fairy tale/love story with a happily ever after. There is basically nothing wrong with this book, and I definitely wouldn’t complain if there was a spin-off story written! So what are you waiting for? Go read it!