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Between the Sea and Stars

(Lena #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  186 ratings  ·  119 reviews
A Legend, 
A Magical Shell 
A Girl Who Dreamed Of Something More... 

Lena, a Merrow girl, lives in the Skagerrak sea with her father, Carrick and her brother, Javelin who tells her of the legend of the Merrow Queen murdered by her human lover when greed takes over. But what’s worth spilling the queen’s blood? Gifted from Poseidon, himself, a magic shell gives any human the ab
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by The Parliament House (first published May 27th 2018)
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The Grimm Reader So far (7/8/2020), there is two: Between the Sea and Stars and Beyond the Shore and Shadows. I am not sure if there will be a third one.

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Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Chantal! I really enjoyed it!! =)**

”She was a fool,” he said.
“She was in love,” Lena amended.

I don’t know why but I absolutely love and adore this quote! I guess it’s because it resonates so much with me. We all do foolish things when we’re in love and the Merrow Queen that is mentioned in the book certainly was in love with her human lover. Unfortunately the story didn’t end all too well for her and even
Lena grew up on the tales of the Merrow Queen, the human lover who killed her and the magical shell that could give any human control over both the land and the seas. When her underwater world becomes too constricting, Lena is determined to walk among the humans, but what she finds is so foreign, learning to use her new legs is the least of her worries.

Everyone wants something from her, but who can she trust and who will do anything to gain the power she holds in the shell around her neck? A kin
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are many of you out there who are fans of The Little Mermaid retellings and there are those of you who aren’t but are a fan of mermaid tales, well this story will appeal to everyone despite which side of the fence you fall on. I found Between the Sea and Stars to be a beautiful story that explores a darker side of when wishes do come true. Not what I was expecting truly but by the time I was finished reading, it was everything I desired. There is so much to love about this story and it wil ...more
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
There is no doubt that Chantal is a wonderful story teller. This is my second book by her and I've been sucked right in from page one each time.

We have The Little Mermaid feel with Lena, who just wants to see what it's like on land... to be human. She feels stifled under the sea and doesn't want to just be another wife. She's a merrow who wants more. Stubborn to get her way, she's not prepared for what she actually gets.

There's a lot of things in this book that are easily predictable. You can n
Anna (RattleTheShelves)
It's a "Little Mermaid" retelling that I've been searching for ages. A little dark, definitely reminiscent more of the original Andersen rather than Disney. Set in a Danish-inspired world (it might actually be Denmark from a century or two ago, I'm not sure), full of memorable characters and with an enchanting atmosphere that I came to associate with Gadoury's retellings. Somehow, she's even managed to make the Danish language sound beautiful which is nothing short of magic (no offence, Danes, I ...more
Maria Elena | _mkarys
*I was sent an advanced copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.*

"Your journey will lead you somewhere between the sea and stars. Somewhere unknown, even to me."

Enchanting and so much more. I couldn't put it down. Between the Sea and Stars is one of my favorite reads of the year!

The story follows Lena, a merrow who dreams of discovering the secrets of the human world, convinced that it must not be all terrible as her fellow merrow believe. But her curiosity has a terrible cost. Sud
Shatarupa  Dhar
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
First of all, there's a Phonetics Glossary at the end, which you would want to consult before you start reading this book.

Book One of The Lena Series, Between the Sea and Stars, is a magical tale about Lena the mermaid who spends her days hunting small crabs and fishes. Inhabitants of the Skagerrak Sea, the merrows live a peaceful life beneath the water. Lena's brother Javelin's life is more adventurous than hers. Scavenging is his passion and he is a hit in the market where he trad
Abbas Fardil
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an amazing fairytale this is!! It’s a mermaid themed story. All of the characters have their own role. Besides, some conversations or dialogues touched me a lot.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!
Review to come
Chiara | _ckarys
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie-books
*I was sent an ebook ARC by the author in exchange of an honest review*
Having read Chantal Gadoury's Allerleirauh , I went into Between the Sea and Stars with high expectations, especially because it is also a Little Mermaid retelling and that happens to be my favorite Disney movie of all time. My expectations were met! Chantal Gadoury was able to take something so familiar, and spin in into something absolutely recognazable but also completely original and magical.
However, I have some minor
Laura ( Latteandbooks )
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I’m a huge Disnerd and when I first heard about this book by Chantal I knew I had to get my hands on it when I found out it was The Little Mermaid retelling. This is also the first mermaid book that I have read and I loved it. Chantal just as a way with words, she grips you in to the story within a matter of pages and you don’t want to leave.

This story follows a Merrow named Lena who dreams of becoming human. She’s convinced that it can’t be that bad as fellow Merrow tell her Right?

Lena is a won
Emmi Rose  (emmirosereads)
Another beautiful masterpiece by Chantal Gadoury! I've pretty much fallen in love with every one of Chantal Gadoury's book and this was no exception. If you're looking for a good Mermaid adventure, look no further.

I was immediately drawn into the world of the Merrow. It was so beautifully crafted and unique and I could easily envision the life that these characters lived. The story definitely kept me hooked and interested the whole way through and I always wanted to know what was going to happe
Aleksandra (drawingandreading)
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I was sent an ebook ARC by the author in exchange of an honest review*

Summer rings and this means, putting the blinds down, getting a drink and curling up in bed with a good mermaid book. And this is a good one, trust me.

As a child I loved to dream of becoming a mermaid one day. I honestly believed that my mother would turn up on my 16th birthday and tell me that I'm one of the merrow folk. Okay, but to admit, I also thought she would tell me I am a witch. She never did. But my love for mermai
Cecily Wolfe
Another lovely and captivating fantasy from this talented writer, who has yet to disappoint me in any way with her fantastic storytelling. This is more than a fairy tale, more than a love story - it is about trust, self-confidence, and perseverance. Truly compelling.
This was amazing and I had so many feels. Let me gather myself and write a proper review for an AMAZING book!!
Marina :)
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I have been sent an eARC of this book by the publisher in exchange of an honest review *

I had already heard about this author but this is the first book I read by her and, I have to say, people were not exaggerating when they said she is such a good writer!

Between the Sea and Stars is the story of Lena, a merrow who is curious about the human world despite her people are forbidden to venture too close to the shore after their Queen was killed by her power-hungry human lover. But an unfortunate
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully written, more adult version of The Little Mermaid that reads more like folklore than something based off of a Disney story. I could clearly envision every scene depicted and almost physically feel the tension during the story's most climatic moments. While there are moments that may feel similar to the well known story, Chantal has woven in her own creativity to make it new. The only downfall to this story will be the wait for the next book in the series. ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-a-to-g
Actual rating: 3.75 stars

First of all, thank you so much to Chantal Gadoury for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

"We're a sorrowful species. Worse still, when we let ourselves believe we are suffering alone."

I'm the type of reviewer who avoids comparing books as much as possible because there are different kinds of good books. However, it would be remiss of me if I don't point out the improvement of Chantal's writing since "Allerleirauh". I enjoyed that book too, but I found t
jess  (bibliophilicjester)
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
oh my goodness, I adored this book!!

this was my first ever e-arc - I saw a GR friend's review and marked it as to-read, and the author messaged me 😱 asking if I'd be interested in an e-arc and HELL YES I WAS. I was then slightly terrified because I'm an honest rater and Gadoury was so nice and what if I didn't like it?! I'm rambling. but anyway, it was awesome!!

I should definitely mention that this book comes out June 19th and is super affordable to preorder (I'm just saying). thank god it's a
Review by the Page
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lena would sacrifice anything to see the human world, but after the Skagerrak Queen is betrayed by her human lover, merrow are forbidden to breach the water- all but the Fosse-Sǿfolk who lead sailors to a watery death. When tragedy forces Lena to the land as a human, she realizes that not all dreams are worth their sacrifice. The world of the merrow is well researched and blends the mermaid lore into a story that grips you and makes you wish you lived in under the sea in Sogen Hav where Lena, he ...more
** Firstly, I received this book for free, provided by Parliament House Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. **

In summary, I really enjoyed to read this book which is the first installment of a series called the "Lena series", a title which definitely could be more outstanding. To be honest here, I was quite disappointed in the name Lena chosen for the main character while there were others, especially the mer people with so, to my mind, extraordinary names. Anyways, it's Lena.

Talking a
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Thank you to the author for sending me an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Between the Sea and Stars is based on a Little Mermaid retelling, with Lena as our main character. Lena is a Merrow (mermaid) who dreams of taking a glimpse of the human world. She gets her chance when her brother joins a clan of mermen, called Fosse-Søfolk, who lure shipwrecked humans to their death. At her insistence, he takes her to the surface, but an unexpected turn of events forces Lena to leave t
Taylor Hartley
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gadoury's Between the Sea and Stars is a wonderful spin on a classic tale. For those who adore Disney's The Little Mermaid, it perfectly calls to mind Ariel and her adventures on land and sea. For those seeking something a bit darker, more tragic, this novel has something to offer them as well.

I will say that I'm not a fan of mermaid stories. The sea's never really spoken to me as an author. But Gadoury brings it incredibly to life in this novel, taking the time to describe the movements of ani
P.S. Malcolm
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-reviews
This book was SO good! 

I have to say, there are so many aspects to this book that made it super incredible and fun to read. I personally loved all the details that went into it, and how unique and different it was to read. I truly felt like I'd been sucked into a completely new world, and the story hooked me from the first page.

What I Liked:
1) How there was so much culture in the underwater world, including the rules and socialism there that affected morals and choices, even with Lena's own thou
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I recieved this book from Parliament House Press in exchange for an honest review.

I didn't know what to expect going into this story, but I was absolutely blown away from the beginning! I fell in love with The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen when I was a small child and nothing has changed since then. That's why I tend to red a lot ofretellings and have high expectations. But Between the Sea and Stars has easily met those - I really loved the story and can't wait for it to continue!

Laid-back Book Bitches
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow this was my very first mermaid adventure. I can honestly say I loved it. I could not put my down. I will honestly say I am usually not into YA genre, but Chantal has made me realize what I have been missing. If you are looking for a good mermaid adventure, look no further. I honestly could not put this book down. This book is way up there on my top reads of 2018. I am looking forward to reading more from Chantal, they are waiting on my kindle for when I get a chance. This story is so relatab ...more
Jaiden- The Literary Coffee Faerie
I enjoyed reading this book. Though I do feel it was a great set up for the next book, it was fun to read. It kept me wanting to see what was going to happen next. I love the Little Mermaid retelling from the original Danish texts, not the Disney version. I also enjoyed the twists that Chantal Gadoury took to make it her own as well as to encase more story line.

Although I thought Asger sounds more attractive than Soren, from the moment Soren came into the book I felt he was a good guy. Which to
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was sent a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I didn’t know much about it other than it was about mermaids and although it is about mermaids, it’s also a whole lot more.

I think it was written well, it kept me interested and I was invested in the main character, which is obviously what you want when reading a book!

I love the fact that it is essentially a retelling of The Little Mermaid and although it’s a completely new version of it, it sti
Anne Secher
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.*

This felt like a variation of the original Little Mermaid.

There were simple side characters, the typical bad guy who convinced a weak boy to become his servant by offering riches and debt payments, events somehow forced to make everything fit, men who thought they could own a woman just by giving her pleasure or because they had power over her and a stubborn MC who always realised she had done wron
Aislinn Honeycutt
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book, this story, is the greatest thing I've read in a long time. the world is so beautifully crafted, I could see it clearly in my mind. beautiful wording, amazing plotline, wonderfully believable characters. if you are hesitant about reading a mermaid fantasy, afraid it might be run of the mill or something too close to the little mermaid, you will love this book. theres a fresh aspect to everything in the story and it's just so beautiful.
I could not put my phone down while reading it, bu
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Chantal Gadoury is an Amazon Best Selling Author who is originally from the countryside of Muncy, PA. Chantal likes anything Disney, plays a mean game of Disney trivia, enjoys painting and has a interest in British History. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues that love of writing today. As a recent college graduate from Susquehanna University, with a degree in C ...more

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