I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Coral and Bone by Tiffany Daune
Published by Oftomes Publishing on May 9 2017
Source: The Publisher
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.
Coral and Bone by Tiffany Daune is a book about mermaids and sirens that manages to have a very different take on their mythology (another personal favourite of mine is Teeth). The main character Halen discovers that she has a secret destiny and powers she had only ever dreamed of possessing.
There is also a boy that keeps sneaking his way into her thoughts. She draws him over and over again but she has no idea who he is or if he is even real.
The day Halen is attacked, her mystery man comes to her rescue and whisks her way to another realm, the underwater domain of Elosia. She finds herself face to face with her literal dream boy and they have a connection beyond what she could ever have imagined. But there is another that she has a connection with, and this connection is not so benign…
coral and bone: review
Coral and Bone gripped me from the very start. It does get a little bit confusing and jumbled at the beginning. Everything happens very fast. It is far too easy to get lost trying to keep up with all the different characters. I felt as out of my depth (heh) as Halen did, but I think the author did a remarkable job at putting the reader in the place of the protagonist. It was a risky narrative choice but it overall worked for the story.
I never once had the chance to feel bored or felt the plot dragged at all. The plot zooms by like lightning. If you don’t keep up it would be all too easy to get hopelessly lost. I liked the fact that the mermaids were the bad guys!
The characters were interesting, I particularly liked Tage and Ezra. Coral and Bone followed two perspectives: Halen and Tage. I like Halen but I found Tage to be a more dynamic character. Her chapters drew me in more, perhaps because I could follow what was going on easier. That’s not to say I didn’t like Halen, but her confusion would occasionally make me confused. Dax was intriguing but didn’t really get much chance to shine. Hopefully he will get a bit more to do in later books.
‘Chosen one’ books seem to be a thing with me lately. Although Coral and Bone didn’t tick all of my boxes, I still very much enjoyed it. It was unpredictable and the plot moved along nicely. It set itself up for the inevitable sequel but it wasn’t a totally nasty cliffhanger either.
to sum up: coral and bone
A solid story overall, the plot could have been a little tighter (they were a tonne of characters to keep track of) but the story was intriguing and the characters interesting. If I had to give any criticism to give, I do wish bit more time had been spent on character-building but hopefully the sequel will begin to address some of this.