Sunday, November 27, 2011

Between the Sea and Sky

Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Pages: 229
Keywords: mermaids, sirens, journey
Format Read: ARC from publisher (thank you!)

Summary: 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.

This book sounded so interesting, and I loved the idea of a winged boy being childhood friends with a mermaid. And the beginning was lovely, and it had a few nice descriptions of the mermaid life. However, this is about as much as I liked in this book. I was under the impression that this was a YA novel, but to me, the dialogue and the language seemed very juvenile. I wish this would have been at a higher reading level. However, if it was directed at middle grade, then there were some issues with men gaping at women's chests all the time that weren't necessary at all. And the magic siren belt? You're not fooling anyone — it's a chastity belt. So as long as Esmerine doesn't give that up, she's fine. Because of this, there was no urgency to the book at all. She had no deadline for finding her sister or any real danger threat anywhere that I kept looking for. 

It also did not hold my attention well at all. I wasn't interested in the overly simple plot. It seemed that humans and mermaids knew about each other, but the way mermaids traipsed into the world was a little pretentious, and they expected everyone to take care of them, so I can see why the humans weren't very kind and sort of took advantage of the fact that they were all stupid. I was just really disappointed in this book. 

I also haven't read Magic Under Glass, which I heard was lovely. Also I just found out that this book might have been based off of one of the characters from the other book, and that it might have made more sense if I read the other one...? Not sure if this is right. In any case, there was no indication that I needed to read anything else, so if that was the case, I'm a little mad that I was bored and confused because I hadn't read the other one when given no indication that I needed to. Overall, just boredness and wishing I picked up something else.