ARC Review: Coral by Sara Ella

42772077TITLE: Coral

AUTHOR: Sara Ella

PUBLICATION DATE: November 12th, 2019

GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Self Harm, Suicide, Suicide Attempt, Eating Disorder, PTSD

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?



I was expecting a fun mermaid read. This was everything but fun. It was gut wrenching, tragic, depressing, but not fun. And that’s okay. I think these type of stories are incredibly important. They show us that we are not alone. 

Everything with Hope broke my heart. She’s such a beautiful girl, I hate she was plagued with so much pain. 

Brooke broke my heart too. 

Coral’s POV was fascinating to me. I LOVED how it ended up intertwining with Hope, Merrick, and Brooke’s stories. 

I also love Nikki and Grim. 

The relationship between Merrick and his father, Hiro, was very real. I think a lot of children feel the same way about their parents as Merrick does with his dad. I also thought it was interesting to see how Merrick worshipped his mother, Lyn, although she is also just human. I think it’s really really cool to see such authentic parent/child relationships in a YA book. Those seriously seem to be pretty limited for whatever reason. 

I will say that this is an incredibly heavy book to read, so please be wary if you suffer from depression and/or suicidal thoughts. Please stay safe. 

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My Rating:


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Special thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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