"Between the Sea and Sky" Review

"Between the Sea and Sky"
by Jaclyn Dolamore

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: Oct 25, 2011 
Source: ARC sent by publisher

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary from goodreads.com:  

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 Alandare, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alandare 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.

My Review:

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 down fairy tale where the girl drops everything to be with the boy. Both Esmerine and Alan really respect each other and don't want to tear the other from their home and way of life.

Aside from the Dosinia storyline, which I had figured out pretty quickly, there was nothing else predictable about the story. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see what would happen to Esmerine and Alan. I loved that the book was only 250 pages. Because there was no filler to make the book longer, every page was exciting.

The romance was fantastic, even tough I wanted more romance in the beginning. The couple was very guarded at the start, but once they let each other in, their relationship was wonderful. And what better hero could a reader want than a cutie who always has a book tucked into his vest pocket?

Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 4/5

Setting: 5/5

Romance: 5/5

Uniqueness: 5/5
Cover: 5/5
Writing: 5/5

Bottom Line: This book is perfect for fans of fantasy and romance who are ready for something different from the norm. It's definitely on my keeper shelf.


  1. Looks like this was a winner for you! that's awesome!! :D

    It sounds pretty good! I wanna read it :D

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I'm not a fan of the cover, so I never showed any interest, but now I'm changing my mind!!

  3. Oh a book with good romance. It's hard to find nowadays! Great review!

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  4. At first I was a bit eh, but you did sell it to me. I like the sound of the world and how it is not your typical ya pnr

  5. Some people don't like this, some do. All I know is once I heard the word 'mermaids' in some of the early reviews, I shot over to Goodreads so fast. (I have a SERIOUS thing for mermaids, it's crazysauce.)

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

  6. Great review! I've got this on my TBR list, and I can't wait to get to it!

  7. Ooh love the sound of this! Great to hear the romance is really good! :P. Glad you enjoyed it - fab review!

  8. Oh my! I really love the cover no matter how many times I see it! :) I'm a big fan of romance and fantasy. SO I think this novel is perfect for me! I've been seeing lots of mermaid novels but I haven't picked up one yet! Great review!


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