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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 d...more
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
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Lily I personally really liked it! But when I went on Goodreads to see what other people thought of it, they all thought it was cheesy and one…moreI personally really liked it! But when I went on Goodreads to see what other people thought of it, they all thought it was cheesy and one dimensional... X'''D Well, some anyway. You'll either like this story or you won't. It IS very different from other mermaid books, and if you've read lots of them and then read this one thinking it'll be the same, you'll probably be unpleasantly surprised.

But I liked that it was so different - the POV of the mermaid character was interesting to follow and the romance was kinda cute in its own way. I do agree that the characters are a bit one dimensional, but that's not always a bad thing. The simple development worked for this simple story, and that's really what it is - a simple and straightforward story. I didn't notice anything sappy about it.(less)
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Wendy Darling
Ten (Unfulfilled) Wishes for this Book:

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 no fewer mentions of breasts and men looking at them, fewer mentions of drunken sailors making suggestive remarks, and less focus on the rather insipid romance. Such random lascivious behavior inserts an ugly note into the story for no reas...more
Jaclyn
Jul 08, 2010 Jaclyn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
About eight years ago, I was working on this big epic mess of a never-finished novel. I wasn't very good back then at outlining or understanding what the core of the story was, but in hindsight, the core was the story of a mermaid and a winged boy who were childhood friends that met again later in life. Now I finally have a chance to tell that story, and though the players have changed (for the better), it still feels like an old story I've been dying to share.
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard

I'm always drawn to mermaid fiction and generally speaking disappointed. I don't know why this subgenre is so hard to master. Maybe it's that Ariel is always peaking over our shoulder as only Disney movies can. Or maybe a world of fish and fins is somehow too foreign, more foreign than land-based fantasy tales and outer space adventures.

Between the Sea and Sky is better than most mermaid stories. I suspect a lot of people will really like this book. Especially if you like star-crossed love stori...more
Ceilidh
I found Dolamore's debut “Magic Under Glass” to be a charming and creative book that could have benefited from some tighter plotting and characterisation. It certainly sparked my interest for her next book, a standalone mermaid story, especially after Dolamore mentioned how she wrote the book to the scores of Studio Ghibli films (indeed, I noted in my earlier review how her creative worlds would be ideal for Hayao Miyizaki's next film.) While the mermaid craze never quite took off the way that m...more
Jillian -always aspiring-
Mar 24, 2012 Jillian -always aspiring- marked it as to-read-someday
Shelves: covers-i-love
Oh, Jacyln Dolamore, you are so very imaginative. Magic Under Glass stole my heart, I am eagerly awaiting Magic Under Stone -- and then there's this book in the interim. A story about a mermaid who wants to be a siren and a winged love interest? SIGN ME UP.
Ashelynn
Rating: 2.5 (I always round up!)

I was expecting Between the Sea and Sky to be something romantic and mesmerizing, and sadly, for it me it wasn’t any of those things. Just look at the cover—doesn’t that SCREAM mesmerizing?

Between the Sea and Sky fell flat for me because I thought the story and Esmerine were boring. The really only interesting part of the story for me was the world. Holy wow, I loved the world. It’s a world were mermaids, humans, and winged-people live together in knowledge of ea...more
Nerissa Ayala Lesko
If this book really happens, I will be the happiest person!! Love mermaids, even is the are sirens = /
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Sadly, much like Cayla Kluver's Legacy or Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison, this mermaid tale is another case of Beautiful Cover, Big Ol' Mess inside the alluring facade. Though this young-adult novel is technically not a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's famous Little Mermaid, the story is obviously influenced by and similar to that long-loved tale. Both the pain of land, the belt/chastity allegory are all in tune with the familiar story - and very little is done by the author to...more
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
If Hans Christian Andersen were still alive, this is a story he would write. I loved the world create by Jaclyn Dolamore in Between the Sea and Sky. Esmerine, a mermaid who befriends a "winged boy", is a little different from all the other mermaids. She has learned how to read and write; a thing most mermaids find impractical. She has also learned how to transform into a human and walk on land. Alander-- the "winged boy"-- is a Fandarsee. Like Esmerine, he is also different from the others of hi...more
Sasha
Between Sea and Sky

Book Completed:
10/25/2012
Book Rating: ★★

Ten Things that Disappointed:

10. The story had so much potential. A love between a sky creature and a sea creature. Had the plot actually had a plot and been further developed, I think this book had the makings of a series and a good one at that. However, alas.. it did not. The plot was boring and rather uneventful and felt like it was written for a 10 year old.

9. There were mermaids called sirens. Cool concept, very different but I w...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
4.5 stars

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
Rebecca
For years, Esmerine has longed for the day when she can join her older sister, Dosia, as a siren, and now that day has come. Becoming a siren is a great honor for a mermaid and her family. But the very next day, Dosia disappears. Esmerine's worst fears come true when she learns that her sister has gone to the surface world and married a human. Esmerine fears her sister was taken against her will and is desperate to find her, even though it is unlikely she can save her.

Unable to make her way on t...more
Steph Su
BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY is a mermaid book for those who are wary of books categorized by the particular creatures that inhabit the stories. Told in Jaclyn Dolamore’s trademark writing style—straightforward narration that nevertheless paints a lush magical world—BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY is a charming story that, while not perfect, is still a quick and enjoyable read.

Much like in her debut novel Magic Under Glass, Jaclyn Dolamore has the quiet but valuable ability of deftly portraying elaborate new...more
Stephanie
Jul 07, 2010 Stephanie marked it as to-read
I've seen this book's cover and it is so so gorgeous!
Amy Jacobs
Is it just me or does it seem like there is a downpour of mermaid themed books lately? Even with the amount of mermaid books on the market right now, I still wanted to read this book and see what sort of spin this author could bring to the mermaid tale. While I never read the authors first book Magic Under Glass, I understood that it was a sort of spin off from that one involving certain characters.


Again, since I have never read anything by this author before, I did enjoy this book and the tale...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
I've been looking forward to Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore for quite a while now. I love stories that mix fantasy with fairy tale vibes - and this story definitely delivers that! It is a pretty calm story overall, giving readers a chance to get to know the characters and embrace the legends and traditions they live under.

When the book opens, Esmerine is undergoing the ceremony that will make her a siren, setting her apart from the mermaid majority. She joins her older sister, who is...more
Angelc
This book was excellent, it really was so much more than what I thought it would be. I assumed it was yet another YA paranormal set in today's world. But I was so wrong. The author has set up an entire world where mermaids, humans, and winged people all live (somewhat) together. The world is historical in nature, even though I couldn't pinpoint an era, it'd definitely not today's world of cell phones and mean girls.

I loved that the author really thought out the romance. It wasn't the watered dow...more
Ruby
This review was first posted at http://www.rubysreads.com.

First of all, I haven't read Magic Under Glass. Phew. Glad I got that off my chest. Also, despite a childhood obsession with Ariel, I'm not generally a fan of mermaid stories. For some bizarre reason I prefer books that take place on land. I'm just weird like that. However, Between the Sea and Sky mostly takes place on land (because, what else is between them? Duh.), so that wasn't a problem.
I think that Dolamore created an interesting...more
Krystal


This is the perfect love story between a winged boy and a mermaid. The reader can expect to be transported into a different land where many things are possible. Who knows? Mermaids can even read books!


Esmerine is a great character to read about. She is inquisitive, almost remniscent of Disney's Ariel, as well as compassionate and has a capacity for bravery and stoicism that is amazing for a mermaid. Alandare is far more staid, slightly too intellectual, and sometimes tries to become something he...more
Misty
Some time ago, I fell in love with this cover. I was already a fan of Dolamore's from her debut, Magic Under Glass, and while I was eagerly searching Goodreads to see if/when I was going to get more stories about my darling little automaton, I came across this companion novel of a mermaid in love with a winged boy. And I thought, well isn't that just lovely? I mean, beyond the sheer obvious loveliness of the cover, isn't the idea of a love bridging these two contradictory worlds just lovely. [An...more
Jessica
Jun 12, 2011 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
The story: Esmerine is a siren, but since her winged childhood friend Alan first introduced her to books, she’s yearned for adventures in the world above the sea. When her sister goes missing, she puts on legs and enlists Alan’s help to find Dosia. Which world does Esmerine belong in? I wrote on Twitter that this book reminds me of a fantasy L.M. Montgomery. The world-building is rich, full of delicious little details about what everyone’s wearing and eating, and Esmerine is a feisty, likable pr...more
Ashley-Anne
I had such high hopes for this book! the cover was gorgeous and the idea was really interesting, but I found it really lacking. It wasn`t bad, it just could have been so much more! there could have been so much more detail and emotion added. it was like a meal without salt. Then again, I do hold all mermaid books up to the ridiculously high standard of Donna Jo Napoli`s Sirena. I think that this was one adolescent book that really held more appeal for adolescents. oh well. Keep working Dolamore,...more
Amanda Coppedge
So lush and fanciful, so sweetly old-fashioned. I loved reading this as an adult but if I had gotten ahold of it when I was 12 or 13 I would have read and reread my copy until it was in tatters.
lilly bear ♡
Feb 09, 2011 lilly bear ♡ marked it as to-read
I am totally into this mermaid craze that is hitting this year. I need this book in my life. Could the cover be any more lovely? Doubt it.
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Cute and quick read with fun characters and a sweet romance.

Opening Sentence: It was not every day that a mermaid became a siren, and not every day that Esmerine attended such a party.

The Review:

Esmerine is a mermaid and she has always wanted to be a siren. The siren’s are trained to protect the sea and all its inhabitants from those that would harm them. They are given a magical belt that helps them to harness magic, but they are never to g...more
Rane
There's a deep fairy tale element that Jaclyn Dolamore creates in Between the Sea and the Sky, that gives this story a very sweet feel to the whole, while going back old school with a nod to Hans Christian Anderson.

Humans live along side mermaids who graduated to sirens, and the winged race of people. The book focuses around the life of Esmerine as she becomes a siren, and later tries to find her runaway sister Dosinia, whose sudden disappearance raises major red flags, and Esmerine is determi...more
Natalie
This review also appears on my blog, Mindful Musings.

In a Sentence: While Between the Sea and Sky takes place in a wonderfully created enchanted world, the characters gave off a bland, indifferent feel that caused the book to fall flat for me.

My Thoughts

I've heard a lot of wonderful things about Jaclyn Dolamore's first book, Magic Under Glass, and I've had a copy of the book on my shelf for a long time. While I haven't gotten around to reading it (yet), I decided to give Dolamore's sophomore no...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

I remember the first time I read the original Hans Christian Anderson’s THE LITTLE MERMAID and frantically searching for the happy ending that the many retellings I‘d read/seen had reworked into the story. It wasn’t there. And the story leading up to the ending was rather depressing too. It took me a long time before I could appreciate the melancholy source of this classic fairy tale, but I do still love the happily ever after of the subsequent versions...more
Linda
Ok, so because the book is written in English and I don’t know when or if it will be translated into Swedish so I’ll try to do a review in English.

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
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Jaclyn Dolamore was homeschooled in a hippie sort of way and spent her childhood reading as many books as her skinny nerd-body could lug from the library and playing elaborate pretend games with her sister Kate. She skipped college and spent eight years drudging through retail jobs, developing her thrifty cooking skills and pursuing a lifelong writing dream. She has a passion for history, thrift s...more
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