The Siren Chronicles
May 9, 2017
Action & Adventure
Coral and Bone
by Tiffany Daune
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.
"Interesting world... " By Tonyalee 1 year ago
Underwater worlds. Evil mermaids. Lies. Secrets. A destiny. The premise for Coral and Bone (plus the cover) is what caught my eye and having read a book by the same author in the past, I jumped right in. Sadly, I didn't love this as much as I wanted to and actually had issues with it.
For starters, I do like how the main character, Halen, doesn't know anything about what's going on in the book, which in turn, has us learning everything right along with her. The intention, I would assume, is to put us into the story and makes us a part of it. However, and this is a personal preference, I don't like the information to be given to me as the reader in dialogue. Eighty percent of the backstory, history, and world building is given to us in dialogue. I felt like I was being talked to vs experiencing it myself. Which defeats the purpose of the style of writing.
Speaking of, the writing was really choppy and didn't flow well from chapter to chapter. The author is great at hooks but the execution wasn't done well. I also found many typos, which would normally not even register for me to comment on but this is a finished novel that had been out for a while. In addition to that, I had more questions than answers because there were aspects of the world that were not clearly explained. Or was left for us to just KNOW. What was explained, though, makes for an interesting world that I've never seen before.
As for character development, Halen was a hard character to like--but those are my favorite to read. Being thrown into the things, finding out about everything that was kept from her and what she was expected to do could not have been easy. While I didn't like how immature she was for most of the book, I understood her and her anger, and her determination to not give up, even though she wanted to.
In addition to Halen, we also get another POV told in 3rd person, which was Tage. I adored Tage and her story. Getting her POV was an added benefit to see what was going on around us outside of Halen.
There is a bit of a romance, two actually, but I liked how they both took a backseat to everything else going on and didn't overwhelm the story.
All in all, Coral and Bone was not at all what I'd hoped and kind of a letdown. Perhaps with some changes and smoother writing, this would have been MORE. Not me for, sadly.