Title: Coral & Bone
Author: Tiffany Daune
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.
Let me start of this review by saying that this novel is absolutely golden. The originality of the concepts and characters blew my mind, and I was captivated once I got past the first few chapters. Tiffany Daune is an artistic author, and she shows you what she sees, instead of tells you, and that makes her a professional in my book. All of her characters were clearly likable, and the magick she gave them added an admirable intensity to the plot line. Usually when I read a novel I am able to compare it to another that has been published and is similar, but this novel does not compare to any books that are already published. Daune clearly thought out her story perfectly, and I was intrigued until the end.
Even though Daune’s story is full of intricate concepts, there was no place in the novel where I felt that she was keeping something away from the reader. Many times complex stories such as this one can leave the reader confused and frustrated, but Daune’s words clearly welcomed me into her world, and I didn’t want to leave. Her words painted pictures as beautiful as the cover of this book, and the quotes below are some of the best pieces of writing I have read in quite some time:
“She couldn’t quite remember. Memories of him came and went like the tide, leaving fragments for her to pick up, each moment like a treasured piece of sea glass.”
“Her eyeliner dripped like black tears down her cheeks as she scanned the waves.”
As an author myself, I am partial to the use of descriptions such as these, as I think it is important to paint a picture for the reader, and to make sure that your story does not come off as flat. Daune’s world glimmered and shined in this novel, and I am eager to start the sequel immediately. Halen, the main character, is now one of my favorite characters due to her complexity, and I am more than astounded by Daune’s talent. Her books deserve widespread attention, and I highly suggest you go and pick up her work if you love great magical tales.
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