Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore

Hardcover: 229
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury Books
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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 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.
Dun dun DUN. ANOTHER book saved from the slag heap aka #10pagetrial. What was the reason it was on trial to begin with? Well, DUH. It’s a mermaid book. All fin and flippery nonsense.

But, to be honest, I don’t know where my bias against mermaid books came from. I mean I LOVED The Little Mermaid as a kid (who wouldn’t?! She’s a redhead!) and LOVED Splash! (*hears the crickets* What? Tom Hanks as a youngin’? Daryl Hannah? John Candy? Ron Howard’s first directorial hit? No? Oh, you children of the 90s and later... what you have missed!) But other than those two movies, I don’t think I’ve even ever READ a mermaid book.

As I read the first few pages, the summary swimming (LAME PUN INTENDED) around in my head, I was struck by the idea of a mermaid and a winged boy. Perhaps I watched too many movies as a child, but the quote “A bird may love a fish, my lord, but where would they live?” (Ever After... come on, you MUST know that one!) ran through my head. And I got INTRIGUED. Best thing ever for a book, worst thing ever for my sleep patterns.

So this book had one little element that will always and forever bring me to my knees. Childhood romance. I love it like a fat kid loves ice cream. With big puffy red and ribboned hearts. So Esmerine and Alander are not only star-crossed, but childhood-mated. Oh, my poor, poor bleeding heart.

Guess I should mention more than just the obnoxiously cute romance, eh? Well it was a fast read (like 3 hours top), interesting, yet simply explained world, awesome characters, compelling writing AND a perfectly light overall story. After reading a few heavier books, this was absolutely what I needed!

All-in-all such a perfect little fairytale romance! I will certainly be checking out more of Ms. Dolamore’s work now! And as if my little fin bias came back with a vengeance, I am already reading another mermaid book. Not by intention! It was all accident. But I’ll admit it, I like it already. Can we say doomed?

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  1. This sounds like such a cute and light read! Great review!

  2. Mermaid book are the bomb! And I've been wanting to read this particular one for quite a while since I heard fantastic things when it came out. Now you've just given me MORE reasons to want to read it!