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ARC Book Review: ‘Coral’ by Sara Ella

Title: Coral

Author: Sara Ella

Length: 384 pages

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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This is another Netgalley ARC that I was lucky enough to get, and it’s about mermaids so I was incredibly excited to read it.

There is more than one way to drown. Coral has always been different, standing out from her mermaid sisters in a society where blending in has always been key. Worse yet, she fears she has been afflicted with the dreaded Disease, said to be carried by humans-emotions. Can she face the darkness long enough to surface in the light? Above the sea, Brooke has nothing left to give. Depression and anxiety have left her feeling isolated. Forgotten. The only thing she can is the numbness is the cool and comforting ocean waves. If only she weren’t stuck at Fathoms- a new group therapy home that promises a second chance at life. But what’s the point in living if her soul is destined to bleed? Merricks may be San Fransisco golden boy, but he wants nothing more than to escape his controlling father. When his sisters suicide attempt send Merrick to his breaking point, escape becomes the only option. If he can find their mum, everything will be made right again – right? When their worlds collide, all three will do what it takes to survive, and Coral night even catch a prince in the process. But what- and who- must they leave behind for life to finally begin?

This a hard review for me to write. Because this was a hard book to read. I know that sounds strange, let me explain.

I probably spent the first 3/4 of this book not enjoying it. At all. I don’t like to DNF books, I have to admit I was pretty close. I just found it to be silly and quite frankly, it annoyed me.

First of all, the character of Coral was annoying. I was so excited to be invested in this underwater world, but it was underwhelming. And this whole business of ‘Red Mist’ was incredibly annoying. Ugh, I couldn’t stand to read those words. I get what it was trying to do, but it didn’t work. And then suddenly she becomes human and is enrolled in school. Just silly! This is when I was very close to DNFing this book.

The Merrick perspective was more of the same, annoying, predictable. It’s hard to read about characters and become invested when you don’t like them, right? The only saving grace of book was Brooke. Her character had some depth, some heart. I was intrigued to see what happened with her. It’s probably the only reason I kept reading.

So, like I said I didn’t like it. I spent the 3/4 wondering how it was going to work. I didn’t see how the characters stories would blend together, then the twist came.

I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t see the it coming. And it finally made everything make sense! It definitely made the book come together as a whole piece of work. But even now, I still don’t think it was enough of a twist for me to say I enjoyed the book. I just made it didn’t feel like a waste of time reading it. Does a book really have to be bad for so long?

I will say this book has fantastic mental health representation. It really shines a light on depression and anxiety. It’s speaks about it in a honest way.

I’m not sure if I’d recommend this book. It’s a tough one. Maybe I had different expectations? I don’t know.

Until the next review

JTH

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