Monday, April 30, 2012
Between the Sea & Sky by Jacklyn Dolamore
Between the Sea & Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore (Bloomsbury, 2011)
Summary from publisher:
For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosia, as a siren -- the highest calling a mermaid can have. When Esmerine takes her siren's vow, she means to protect the sea and all that live within it -- until Dosia runs away to the mainland and Esmerine is sent to retrieve her.
Secretly thrilled with the prospect of seeing a world that she's only glimpsed from the ocean, Esmerine uses magic to transform her tail into legs and journeys 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. Alander, whose odd ways and brash opinions offend yet fascinate her. But as Esmerine embarks on a search for her sister that will take her farther away from the sea she loves and the life she has always known, she and Alander rekindle a friendship... and more.
YA lit definitely has its trends: vampires, werewolves, fairies, dystopian, angels... now it seems to be mermaids. This is probably the fourth book I've read in the last six months involving mermaids, and I must say, it took an interesting spin, combining both mermaids AND angels!
Dolamore creates a believable world, both in and out of the water, and I was intrigued by Esmerine's story. Esmerine's struggles to fit in on land seemed realistic, and I empathized with her as she tried to figure out how Alander felt about her after all of these years.
This book will appeal to girls who like some gentle romance in their fiction, and while technically I would label this "paranormal romance," it reads more like realistic fiction where one character happens to be a mermaid and one an angel.