Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Coral by Sara Ellis – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Four stars

RELEASE DATE:  12 November 2019

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Format: E-ARC

Pages:  384




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 is 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 rely on is the numbness she finds within 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 of living if her soul is destined to bleed?

Merrick may be San Francisco’s golden boy, but he wants nothing more than to escape his controlling father. When his younger sister’s suicide attempt sends Merrick to his breaking point, escape becomes the only option. If he can find their mom, everything will be made right again—right?

When their worlds collide, all three will do whatever it takes to survive, and Coral might even catch a prince in the process. But what—and who—must they leave behind for life to finally begin?





Thank you so much to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a copy of A Thousand Fires, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.


“I am not nothing and neither are you”

Coral is based around a Little Mermaid retelling, but more than that, it’s a book about mental health and the paths it can lead us down.  There were some super heavy topics covered and I’d proceed with caution if reading about suicide, self harm or anxiety is difficult for you, but the story was cleverly woven to tie together the fantasy aspects and the real life world.

Told from three points of view: Coral’s, Brooke’s and Merrick’s, the story takes a while to really come together and can be quite confusing until certain pieces fit.  It was one of those books I wanted to go back and read again once I had all the information at the end!

There were some truly heart wrenching moments and no part of the character’s mental health or grief was glossed over.  It was raw, real and relatable.  The characters’ were all flawed and realistic, including the side characters.  For a story with three points of view, I thought the side characters were surprisingly well developed.

This one has had some mixed reviews, and I think that’s mostly because of the confusing nature of the story.  I believe it was meant to be written that way, and ties in with the character’s state of mind, but it did leave me wondering if I’d missed something a few times.  It all came together at the end though and I really enjoyed it!






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