Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Part of Your World

Published: October 25th, 2011
Between the Sea and Sky
By: Jaclyn Dolamore
Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
ISBN-13: 9781599904344

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


   Esmerine has always felt like she was living in the shadow of her older, more beautiful sister Dosinia.  All of that is about to change, because Esmerine is about to be initiated as a siren.  Then she'll finally be equal to Dosinia (called Dosia for short) and be able to do something more with her life than just getting married to some Merman.  Than, the day after Esmerine is initiated, Dosia goes missing without a trace - not before telling Esmerine about the two human men she met on land though.  Coming to the conclusion that her sister was probably kidnapped, Esmerine is determined to get her back or at least know for sure what happened.  The only way she can think of to do this is to contact Alander, a winged boy she was friends with as a child and enlist him for help.  It's been years since they've seen one another.  Can Esmerine count on Alan to help her bring back Dosia?  This was definitely an interesting book.  It brought together the sea and the sky, plus it added in the plain old humans walking around between the two.  It WAS an adventure story and a romance, but the reality of this book was an odyssey of self-discovery.  Esmerine is trying to figure out how to satisfy her heart, what she wants to do with her life and how to make a difference.  All the while she has to decide which world she truly belongs in - the one she was born to or the one she longs for.  It was a cute book with a cute ending.  Don't pick this one up if you're expecting in-depth, major subject material.  It's light-hearted but worth it for a bit of fun.

VERDICT: 3/5  Stars

*No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book is now available in stores and online.*

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