"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are barely able to restrain our enthusiasm for.
My pick this week is Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore due out October 25, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books.
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.
Are mermaids the new vampire (or zombie, or werewolf)? Between this one and Mandy Hubbard's Ripple and Tera Lynn Childs' Fins series (oh, and the selkies in Wendy Delsol's upcoming book Frost) there are quite a few mermaid books flooding the shelves (I know, lame, but pun totally intended). Ok, maybe it is due to growing up in the time of Splash and Disney's A Little Mermaid, but call me a sucker for any book that has a mermaid in it. I look forwarding to reading this one and hoping it does the mermaid tail, uh, tale justice.