Title: Coral & Bone
Author: Tiffany Daune
Publication Date: July 1st 2014
Rating: 3.5 stars
Goodreads Blurb: Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.
Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can’t help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.
Note: This eARC was provided by Jester Ink Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book is grounded in fantasy but contains realistic elements which appealed to me. The beginning is very suspenseful and this piqued my curiosity. However, the overload/flood of information started to turn me off. A lot of this information is mostly conveyed by “telling” the reader which appears to be necessary but also annoying because there is a lot to absorb at once. In terms of world building, this story has great descriptions and I can clearly visualize the different realms. But once again there’s a lot of information to keep track of and it can be a bit frustrating at times. For a story involving mermaids, it is rather imaginative and fairly different from the more mainstream stories involving mermaids. The concepts this book is based on seem original or may be twisted versions of common cliches. The cliffhanger ending definitely made me crave a sequel!
Even a couple of pages into the book, I was immediately captivated by the multiple characters I was introduced too. They are all so starkely different and this contrast is portrayed through their behavior(s). However, I couldn’t empathize with Halen because her situation is pretty unrelatable. To me, she seems like an unwilling protagonist because she initially came of as self-centered and not at all brave. I was really annoyed when Halen didn’t even try to live up to everyone’s expectations. But as the story progressed, I grew to like and respect her for finally adapting to her strange circumstances and even making brave decisions.
Apart from Halen, I really loved Dax and Tage. I loved Tage for her kickass personality and fearless attitude. Whatever the circumstances, she’s brave and she does what it takes to protect Halen and herself. Dax, on the other hand, is pretty enigmatic and by the end of the book, I still didn’t feel like I knew him way better than I did at the start. On top of that I was pretty disappointed by the progression of his and Halen’s relationship.
Do I recommend this book? Yes but mostly for hard-core fantasy fans.