Between the Sea and Sky
1. If this is was supposed to be a YA book, I wish that the story was more complex, the characters more fully developed, and the dialogue less juvenile.
2. If this was supposed to be a middle grade book, I wish there were
This is a magical, fascinating historical fantasy that reads like a classic fairytale with it's rich lore, sweet romance and exciting adventure. I fell in love with Jaclyn's writing after reading her debut Magic Under Glass and I really loved the magical world of sirens and winged people she introduced me to with Between the Sea and Sky. Jaclyn's writing is whimsical, magical and completely intriguing to me. True to her creative writing style, she has a richly detailed setting, and an a...more
Esmerine is a mermaid who gets the highest honor of becoming a siren and is looking forward to joining her sister Dosinia, Dosia, who has been a siren for a while. The two sisters have always talked about exploring the surface world together. Esmerine knows that her sister visits the human world and when Dosia disappears from their village and her fam...more
Unable to make her way on t...more
Not only does the guy have wings, but the girl is a mermaid. Second confession time. My best friend growing up (*waves at Candace*) had a pool in her backyard and we would spend hours in there pretending to be mermaids. And sometimes dolphins. And sometimes Sailor Moon...more
Although there is a "real world" beyond the ocean and the mere people, this story read more like a fairytale than anything else. It wa...more
Again, since I have never read anything by this author before, I did enjoy this book and the tale...more
Now I'm not gonna say it was a bad book. I did enjoy reading it still, but in the end, I felt like there was some elements that were there to tease me.
First is worlds. I didn't really get much but the human world the must. I didn't really get anything from them. That feel for the imagination wasn't there. I got no real image or real info of there worlds.
Then the search for the sister. It felt...more
It's a fun, unique story. I remember reading in Dolamore's blog that she had envisioned it somewhat like a Miyazaki movie, and I definitely had that feeling when I was reading the book as well. My only complaint is that it was a bit short (with all that worldbuilding, it could have been twice the length and I would have happily read it all in one sitting).
But the amount of thought that Dolamore put into this story i...more
I didn’t have too much expectation out of this book. One, being a fantasy novel, this book was really thin. Two, I read Dolamore’s Magic Under Glass and remembered liking it and in fact, there are still scenes I recall from the book, but again I don’t have it on my book shelf at home, so it didn’t make too much of an impression on me. But I was intrigued by Dolamore and her worlds.
After reading the book, I found myself wondering what exactly was the plot of the story. Was it the missi...more
Esmerine has recently been invited to follow in the footsteps of her older sister, Dosia, and accept the highest honor a mermaid can receive: the title of siren. Being invited to become a siren, and inherit a siren’s belt with all of its intrinsic magic, is a very prestigious event, and Esmerine is excited to begin to live a siren’s life, enchanting human men and guarding the bay from those who ab...more
Esmerine and Dosinia are the first two sirens in the Lorremen bloodline, holding prestigious titles that will gift their family with special magic forever. When a mermaid becomes a siren, they receive a belt from which they can draw power, but it can also be their undoing. If a man were to steal that belt, they would forever be his property and lose their tail to legs. When Dosinia mysteriously disappears after speaking about her two human male fri...more
Esmerine is a mermaid who's just been promoted to siren position like her older sister. She's grown up an outsider in her underwater town for playing with one of the winged folk, Fandarsee, on the island nearby. It's been years sinse Esmerine last saw Alan, the winged boy, her best friend, but when her sister, Dosia, goes missing, supposedly kidnapped by a human on land, she calls on Alan's help as Esmerine takes to the land to find and return her sister.
This book is sweetly old-fas...more
"A fish may love a bird, but where would they live?"
-Drew Berrymore, Ever After
This quote instantly came to mind as I read this summary. Fish.. Bird.. forbidden love. It was all there like a siren song. Begging me to read it.
Esmerine is not like her fellow mermaids. Most are content with becoming sirens. The highest honor a mermaid can hope to achieve. But not Esmerine. She longs for more. The lands that are described in the books she reads. Seeing what secrets the...more
In the authors thanks she says that she tried to write an epic while listening to the Lord of the Rings soundtrack
Whereas this was the book she wrote while listening to studio Ghibli soundtracks
Which is a perfect explanation for this book
It's a bit like Sharon Shinn or Meredith Ann Pierce had infused just a bit more modernYA like writing with their own
I have to say that opening chapter isn't great - it's not a great way to set the story up - the writing seems so shallow and laboured com...more
This story not only ca...more
Gentle story replete with all the fantasy of mermaids' culture in their seaside home, this book will take you back to the classic tale of "The Little Mermaid." Jaclyn Dolamore writes like a dream, lending her fantasies to the cause of siren songs, wrecked ships, castaway treasures, stranded pearls and sailors' tall tales throughout time. This is a star-cast book, replete with angels and mermaids that steal your heart. And, it's age appropriate as well as being beautiful and ro...more
Through the first few chapters I could not help but compare Esme...more
While reading, everything just flowed, from the writing to the characters and plot. I really enjoyed...more
The book definitely doesn't read like a High Fantasy, which makes it very accessible for people who don't really like High Fantasy in the first place. While you're reading it, even though they're are people with sings and mermaids, it never feels like you're in a completely different world. Jacklyn's writing is so sub...more
I really liked the aspect of the romance between a siren and a winged boy. How she learned to trust him to carry her while he flew, how they both had to compromise in order to fit into each other's lives and worlds.
They are a bit of star-crossed lovers, too, in the way of the saying "a bird and a fish can'...more
My first impression of this book was that it reminded me of Robin McKinley's books back in the day, like Beauty and Rose Daughter and The Hero and the Crown, those epic fantasy/fairytales that...more
Between the Sea and Sky is about Esmerine, a mermaid who has just been chosen to be a siren. The highest calling a mermaid can have. She joins her older sister Dosia who is a siren as well. In their world, magical creatures live along with humans and are regarded with awe and fear. Esmerine has never...more