Review: Coral & Bone by Tiffany Daune

Posted October 30, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 4 Comments

Review: Coral & Bone by Tiffany Daune

Coral & Bone

by Tiffany Daune
Pages: 278
Published on July 1st 2014
by Jester Ink Press
Genres: Mermaids, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

4 Stars

Coral & Bone really snuck up on me. I saw it by coincidence on Goodreads when a friend added it to her shelves. I was curious when I read the title. Then I saw the cover and I bought it. After that I read the blurb and I started reading. And I just didn’t stop until I finished.

Coral & Bone is about Halen. She has spent her entire life trying to hide the dangerous powers under her fingertips from everyone. When she moves back to Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, her world is turned upside down. Suddenly Halen is trust into a mysterious new world, an underwater realm called Elosia, where she learns what she is. The more she learns about Elosia and her past, the more it seems like everything she knew was a lie.

I’m not sure what to call this book. To call it a mermaid book would be wrong because it’s too limited. Technically it’s a mermaid book, but it is one of the most original ones I’ve come across so far. Tiffany has created such an interesting world! I was so fascinated by the realms and the mythology and the history that I didn’t care about the little info dumps we got every now and then. They were done so well too. I was never bored throughout the story! Not too complicated but not too simple either. I got everything right away and I got just the right amount of info I needed.

I still want to know more about the other realms, I hope I’ll learn more about them in the next book? I don’t see anything about a sequel or if it’s even a series and yeah, that worries me a bit? It’s a very open ending, not a cliffhanger though. Just open. It’s obvious the story isn’t done yet. And I want more, I really do!

Next to the great world building, we have great writing and fantastic characters. I was hooked right away and I couldn’t put the book down. I was with Halen and Tage the whole time. I loved those two! They each grew in this book and they had their flaws but I did really like them. I also loved Catch and Pepper and Nelia. Dax was fantastic! There were a few plot twist surrounding a few of the characters that I didn’t really see coming! Also, Asair is one fascinating character. I really want to know more about him.

So why not five stars then? Well… the romance didn’t really got to me. At this point, it’s not love yet and I did like that, but it went a bit too fast. Just a bit. I didn’t feel it as romance, just friendship for now. And while I was never bored, the story did go a bit too fast. A lot happens in a short time and sometimes that was a bit overwhelming. It was all a bit rushed.

Despite that I did really enjoy this book and I really do want to read the sequel when it comes out. If you like mermaid/siren books with a very original twist, you should try this book! The cover alone is enough to draw you in, isn’t it?


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4 responses to “Review: Coral & Bone by Tiffany Daune

  1. Ooh! I love the sound of this. I don’t read mermaid books because each one I’ve read has disappointed me. This sounds really original though and I’m intrigued. Great world building you say? I’m in! It’s a shame about the romance though. Still it doesn’t seem like it dampened your enjoyment too much.
    Great review!

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