Coral & Bone
by Tiffany Daune
Publication date: July 1st 2014
by Jester Ink Press
Source: eARC provided by author
in exchange for an honest review
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 & Bone first drew me in with its stunning cover. I mean, really… look at that thing. It’s beautiful! The story begins with an introduction to Halen, the main character. She’s got some interesting issues that let you know right away she’s not your typical teenager. The reader is never given too much at once, though, which is extremely important. The writing style is perfect in the way that it keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting to know more at every turn. Not even Halen knows what’s going on most of the time.
This story has a lot going on from beginning to end. It took me quite a while to fully grasp an understanding of the story, which can be both good and bad. It’s bad for me because at times I found it overwhelming trying to take it all in. It’s the reason I tend to steer clear of epic fantasy novels because there’s so much I’m trying to figure out that it pulls me out of the story. That’s just me, though.
On the other hand, this author is brilliant! I have to applaud anyone that can write such an imaginative tale with this kind of expert world building.. and for more than one setting. Kudos to Tiffany! Because of the amount of world building, I think some of the other characters lacked a bit in the development area; but again, that could just be because I’m a bigger fan of character driven stories. I like getting to know everyone in depth (I’m nosey like that), but I was left wanting more information about some of them. I will say I was thrilled by the amount of magic and mystery, and the vivid beauty of the underwater realm filled with all sorts of different creatures. I love all things magical!
Overall, this is a remarkable tale that will leave any fan of YA paranormal and fantasy begging for more. It’s an intense, beautifully written story that I will highly recommend. I am already looking forward to the next book in the series!
~About the Author~
I write stories about magick, love and dark creatures lurking in the shadows. When I’m not lost in Edit Land you can find me reading a book from my towering TBR pile or at the movie theater nibbling licorice. I don’t have a lucky number, but my favorite time is 11:11. I completely believe that the fortunes found inside cookies will come true and that you must be careful when wishing on stars. I live on an island, so if you want to visit you’ll need a boat, and if you want to survive the passage, be sure to bring candy for the mermaids.
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