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Between the Sea and Sky Hardcover – October 25, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599904349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599904344
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,246,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JACLYN DOLAMORE's first book was Magic Under Glass. She spent her childhood reading as many books as she could lug home from the library and playing elaborate pretend games with her sister. She has a passion for history, thrift stores, vintage dresses, David Bowie, drawing, and organic food. She lives with her partner and two black tabbies.


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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 stores, vintage dresses, David Bowie, drawing, and organic food. She lives with her partner and plot-sounding-board, Dade, and two black tabbies who have ruined her carpeting.

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This book is full of fun, light adventure and tender romance.
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At times the story seemed a bit rushed with not enough detail and depth for my liking, but then other times it felt like the pacing was really slow.
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I cannot say too much without spoiling anything, I just wanted more detail and time put in to the resolution of the story.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brenna on October 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I admittedly haven't read very many mermaid books, but this cover is so eye-catching and I'm a big Little Mermaid fan so I figured, why not? Between the Sea and Sky ended up being a nice quick read, altough it ended up feeling more Middle Grade than YA to me.

Reasons to Read:

1.Sweet Relationships:
Esmirine's family was so loving and supportive, and just present in the story, that I loved reading about them. It can be so enjoyable to read about positive family dynamics, and even though Esmirine does end up going on a journey by herself in more of an adult sense, she does so with the support and as much assistance as her family can offer her. Plus, the entire book is set in motion because of the strong attachment and love Esmirine has for her sister. Something I love reading about in books is childhood friendship; there's something so pure and innocent about it. And that is exactly what defines the connection between Esmirine and Alandare. I was so enamoured by their relationship, especially one that was not supported by anyone really.

2.A Fascinating World:
I loved the world Jaclyn Dolamore created with her interesting take on mermaids and the Fandarsee (people with wings) and I really would have enjoyed hearing more about it. The relationships between the different races (if I can call them that) were intriguing, as well as their curiousity with each other. It definitely gives the impression and feel of a traditional fairytale world, one where very few things are questioned and you need to accept the world as it is.
I think overall, this was just a really positive book. Kind of like a Disney movie- very happy, positive, with a tidy little ending.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julia Norton on December 27, 2011
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I don't know what has happened to me, but I've recently been obsessed with mermaids. The kind of obsession where you want to dye your hair blue and wear starfish pendants and run around on a beach, swimming in the ocean, rubbing yourself down with sand, etc. The fact that it's the middle of Winter only makes this obsession more absurd.

That being said, I've been on the lookout for a good mermaid book. A really good one. I'd never read one to begin with, but I was hoping that "Between the Sea and Sky" would be the one. Sadly, I was mistaken.

"Between the Sea and Sky" follows the story of Esmerine, who has just been belted a siren, as she follows her boy-crazed sister, Dosia, to the surface world. Dosia has been "kidnapped" by a human and Esmerine is hoping to find her, just to see her one last time and to relay to their parents that Dosia is still alive. On her journey, Esmerine meets up with Alandare, a winged boy (Fandarsee) who had been a childhood playmate that never returned. Together they set out to the Diehls to "rescue" Dosia.

Except there really is no rescue because apparently you can't rescue a siren once she's lost her belt. That seemed kind of anticlimatic to me. Oh, there are so many things that didn't sit right with me during this book. I was so confused what age this was suppose to be for! Wendy Darling told me it was for ages 8-12 and I wish I had known that before setting in - I may have enjoyed it more. The story had such potential to go so much deeper than it did. Instead it simply skimmed the surface, destroying what could have been a very dramatic climax.

The relationship between Alandare and Esmerine could have been executed better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brandi Breathes Books on November 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Dolamore writes a captivating novel, with characters that match the stunning cover. I enjoyed this book and the world she created. I've read about mermaids and sirens before, but I think that she had a unique take on them. I was intrigued by the Fandarsee, the winged people in the novel, since I've never read about anything quite like them.
The focus of the story is our main character Esmerine trying to find her sister Dosinia, and I love how it shows love and devotion to family. Many stories have gravitated toward the romantic tendencies, and I enjoy more and more the familial connections when I see them like they're featured in this book.
Not to discount the love story that exists within Between the Sea and Sky, because it is sweet, and I had fun seeing how it unfolded. Alandare is quite an intriguing character, and I enjoyed learning more about him and what makes him tick. It was hard until near the end to really get a good handle on him, and that's a good thing, he kept me in mystery and suspense.
I loved being in Esmerine's head and could really understand her struggles and where she was coming from. Her pain, her joy and her emotions were clear and it was easy to get in her head. I wasn't sure exactly what she would choose at each turn, and Ms. Dolamore made her conflict real and challenging--she didn't get anything without a price.
I hope there's more to this world, and I'd love to get my hands on it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 abuse its abundance. Soon after Esmerine pledges herself as a siren, however, Dosia disappears. Worrying that she has been kidnapped by a human, her siren belt stolen trapping her on land, Esmerine leaves the safety of the ocean and travels to the human city of Sormesen. Although mermaids are able to take human form if they desire, the transformation is very painful, and Esmerine has difficulty walking through the busy, crowded streets. Fortunately, she soon reunites with Alander, a handsome winged boy who taught her to read years earlier. Now, Alander is almost nineteen, and Esmerine feels drawn to him, even though their races, she being a mermaid and he a Fandarsee, would never allow them to be together. Esmerine is determine to rescue Dosia, but the more time she spends in the human world with Alander, the more she begins to wonder if a life on land is what she is really seeking.

Light, brief and sugary sweet, Between the Sea and Sky is the perfect pick for tweens (and parents of tweens) who want a paranormal romance that is appropriate for upper elementary or middle schoolers. Set in a fictional land full of mermaids, winged humans, fairies, and other creatures, this novel also makes for a great introduction to the fantasy genre.
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