❮Read❯ ➵ Coral Author Sara Ella – Peakpopa.info
Okay this got SUPER confusing at the end I may have to reread it to fully get it I think I read it too quickly hahah. I got approved for the arc, yeahhhhh man Absolutely beautiful, heart breaking and ultimately about the power of love I note that many view this as a retelling of The Little Mermaid but I beg to disagree I found this to be slightly inspired by it yes but only as a vehicle to tell a profound story about depression and the ugly consequences This quite rightly carries a trigger warning as it s a very heavy subject but told in a deft intriguing way Its surprising, profound and imaginative Told initially from the point of view of Coral we gradually learn about Brook, Hope and those around them There was a moment I became confused and then as I read on I realised that the characters imagination and sheer overwhelming need for peace and escape had her sinking down into a pit that she needed help escaping The author takes us on a ride through imagination and tragedy and it will not please everyone If blunt at times I wanted to simply walk away but I persevered and found this story pulled at my heart strings and made me feel for these characters A unique way to get us to think about depression as a disease and I m extremely glad I read this book to the very end.This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair 4.5 starsI m not 100% sure what to say.Coral was nothing like expected, but everything I needed It ripped off the blinders concerning mental health in a way where these characters are not just characters on the page They are reflections of real people, real stories It made me realize that it can be so easy due to social media to feel involved in others lives, but also make us feel like a mermaid out of water That so many of us struggle with or know someone personally who struggles with anxiety, depression, and or feels suicidal and mask it in different ways.Because of that, this feels like one of the hardest books I ve read.Coral is an extremely relatable character even if I have never been in her fins Add Brooke s and Merrick s story and my heart aches, but it heals to seeing their story That our, the readers, story doesn t have to end in pain It can heal It can love.I am mind blown how the author was able to take a hidden topic in society today and present this beautiful, heart breaking story Again, Coral was nothing like expected, but everything I needed Recommended to readers who want a story that shows they are not alone and those who need to read a story of healing I received an ARC from the publisher All thoughts expressed are my own and was not required to write a positive review. 2.75 5 Disclaimer I received a free electronic ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Coral is a loose retelling of the classic tale of The Little Mermaid I m not super familiar with all the nitty gritty details of the classic, just the kids friendly Disney version that most of the general population have come to love Aside from this, I can confirm it is a VERY loose retelling.This book has a very interesting premise, but once I started to read it I began to lose interest First off, the story starts out slow to the point where I m just wondering why there are even three perspectives in the first place if the story was moving at such a pace Secondly, I was left confused than I probably should be In fact, throughout the story, there were many instances where I felt even lost I thought maybe it was the writing style or me just not paying enough attention to the story or even I m just not reading thoroughly enough Despite all of these speculations of mine, I will conclude that the story was written with an air of vagueness There are topics, phrases, incidents, and memories that occur in the story that are repeatedly mentioned but are not thoroughly explained nor flushed out For example, the Red Tide is brought since the first chapter but is never explained until the end Another issue I had with the story was Coral s transition from her underwater life to land The way she was able to easily assimilate into the human world kind of left me scratching my head Even though it is later revealed why the story happened the way it did in the end, I wished that aspect was developed because once Coral was on land, everything of her mermaid life was never mentioned or seen again As readers, we don t know the ending so to us it looked like a bunch of loose ends Now the character themselves were nothing special Maybe it s just me, but I found the supporting cast to be interesting than Coral, Brooke, and Merrick I kind of wish they had screen time than the main trio to be completely honest Ever since I finished the book, I truly cannot recall anything significant good and bad about the main characters.Despite all the qualms I had with this book, I do appreciate the sensitive topics that it does heavily focus on, which was mainly mental health It was evident that the story heavily focused on mental health from the very beginning till the very end I also appreciate how the concept had to be explained to the main characters so they can understand it better because sometimes we don t understand things that are caused by it.Overall, I applaud the author for focusing on such important topics However, the story had missed the mark in execution. Who knew a person could drown without ever stepping off land Coral has always been different, standing out from her mermaid sisters where blending in is key Above the sea, Brooke is overcome with depression and anxiety, but is trying a group therapy home that promises a second chance at life Merrick is San Francisco s golden boy, but he wants nothing to escape his controlling father Ok I really and truly wanted to fall in love with this book And there are aspects of it that moved me and resounded with my past that I was able to connect with It may be hard for me to really pinpoint my feelings on this book, but I ll try my best This story was a new twist on the original Hans Christian Anderson s Little Mermaid There were parallels of the youngest mermaid sister wanting something and ending up on land as a human, but that s really where the similarities end I had no issues with that, but it may be good to know going in so you re not expecting a full Little Mermaid retelling This book is about depression and suicide and is a bit difficult to read at times so PLEASE be cautious when reading if you ve had close experiences with these things There were three perspectives in this book The three perspectives confused me a little, but I thought it would all make sense when they converged at the end Yet I finished the book and I m still a bit confused about the timeline and how when the characters joined And looking at reviews, I m not the only one If it had not been for the confusing timeline perspectives, I would ve given this book 4 stars because I really loved the message and the candidness the author used to approach mental health But the muddled, vague aspects of it kept me from fully enjoying the book, as I was too bewildered at times to connect with the characters Despite my hold ups, I do appreciate the author tactfully handling such a difficult topic. There Is Than One Way To DrownCoral 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 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 Taking A New Twist On Hans Christian Andersen S Beloved Yet Tragic Fairy Tale, Coral Explores Mental Health From Multiple Perspectives, Questioning What It Means To Be Human In A World Where Humanity Often Seems Lost I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own Thank you Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Publishing.Before I even start this I want to bring your attention to the author s note She is very clear about trigger warnings and that she wants you to talk care of your mental health So if subjects like suicide, self harm, depression, anxiety, death of a loved one bother you at all, maybe wait to pick this one up until you are in a good state of mindWhere to begin with the lovely book Let s start with the plot It was pitched as a Little Mermaid retelling But to be honest that part of the story takes a back seat to the bigger discussions of mental health, grief, and suicide The story is told through 3 characters Coral, Merrick, and Brooke Goodreads says 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 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 I thought the plot struggled a little bit My biggest issue with Coral is that the transition for Coral the character from Water to Land didn t make a lot of sense and was just odd The Sea Witch was NEVER villainous and yet she was supposed to be seen as such for at least part of the story And just how the separate stories weave together was a little messy While I did enjoy each separate story, I just thought how they meshed together was awkward like a middle school dance Which brings me to my second irritation, not a full on complaint The romance I can t explain without spoilers but it felt like a lot of ridiculous miss communication and then suddenly I LOVE YOU I mean I knew the two chracters would end up together But still It just didn t flow perfectly Like a river that hits a few rocks along the way Not a huge deal but something to mention Speaking of characters, I did enjoy the ones leading this story I ll admit I preferred the side characters but I had no problem slipping into Coral or Brooke or Merrick s story with ease They aren t perfect little angels, and do exhibit some unlikeable behavior But to me it made sense under the lense of depression, anxiety, mental illness I thought the writing was both beautiful and haunting Ella s descriptions of anxiety attacks and depression were painfully accurate and didn t skimp on the details It was also relatable If you don t like mentions of Harry Potter and John Green in your books maybe skip this one It ll get on your nerves But personally, I enjoyed it I enjoyed each POV equally and felt they each had their own voice I even struggled to put this down at times because just as things would move on , so would the POVs So I was definitely hooked Either way I give full points to Ella s writing style Finally let me talk about my personal experience with Coral I went into this excited because I LOVE the Little Mermaid But what I got was so much Maybe the retelling aspect of Coral didn t execute as planning but the conversation regarding mental illness was perfect I can t express how much it means to me to see things like people regarding mental illness like disease just like cancer Or positive representation of mental institutions and therapy Or positive discussions about actually taking your mental health meds so that you can find your normal I am crying writing this review because of how much this book meant to me It touched my soul and I can t thank Ella enough for writing this into the world I feel seen, valued, and treasured I am not nothing and neither are you Overall I give this 4 5 stars. I received a free eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my thoughts or opinions of this book This book, was just, WOW.When I went into it, I was expecting a retelling of the Little Mermaid, but, oh my gosh, this book is so much than that It was a beautiful and exquisite take on mental health in today s society, and for that, I honestly cannot recommend it enough.However, I will say that I experienced a lot of difficulty following along with the story, especially towards the end While it begins as a YA contemporary fantasy blend, somewhere in the middle it does a complete genre switch that I wasn t really expecting It also became super graphic at times, which made it a very difficult and emotional for me As some of you may know, I have been diagnosed with both depression and anxiety, so it hit me that much harder while reading it.Overall, I really enjoyed this Now that I have a better understanding of the genre message of the book and the direction in which it was heading, I m hoping that I ll be able to re read it in the future to gain a fuller appreciation of it 3.5 5 starsTrigger warnings depression, anxiety, suicide, cutting, etc.