Multiple award-winning young adult author Sara Ella reimaginesThe Little Mermaidin a powerful and unexpected way.
Sixteen-year-old mermaid Coral has always been different, standing out from her stoic 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, the Disease imposes...more
El…moreNo, el libro está muy poco inspirado en el cuento de hadas. Tiene un giro más oscuro como el original debido a los temas de salud mental que trata.
El autor por desgracia no tiene control sobre las traducciones, pero si un editor español quiere comprarlo, siempre hay una oportunidad!(less)
(*You will find this note at the beginning of this book as well.*)
For my friends who have experienced trauma, a warning—this story may be triggering. I have done my best to approach the mental health topics addressed in this book in the most sensitive and caring way possible. But even all the research and sensitivity readers in the world would never make it so I could approach every aspect of mental health from every perspective. Your experience is ...more
The book begins with Coral, our mermaid, who is different than all the others around her. Corals fears she has contracted a deadly disease that her older sister ...more
WARNING! MENTAL HEALTH TRIGGERS!
Coral is a mermaid and her father is the King. She has two sisters, Jordan and The Crown Princess. Emotions are for humans, not merpeople. The Crown Princess is struggling. ...more
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 ...more
I'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 ...more
**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 ...more
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 more 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, ...more
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 ...more
Listen, before I get into this review, I want to applaud Sara Ella. Mental health is so complex, and people who don't deal with it just don't understand. What the author tried to do here is fantastic, she tried to spread an awareness and understanding of people who struggle with loss and poor mental health.
When I picked up this book, and one of the first lines was, "You are not nothing, my friend, and neither am I." I wanted to cry!! I have ...more
it's like THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER. but instead of magical realism, it's a fairy tale. but instead of a fairy tale, it's real life.
with subtle references to the original hans christian andersen "the little mermaid" fairy tale, and deftly woven allusions to the disney classic, sara ella's CORAL stands on its own as a powerful tribute to life, loss, hope, depression, and ...more
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 more 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 ...more
Personally don't like disclaimers (if you don't think I'm being honest in my salty reviews that's a not-my-problem kind of problem) but the publisher gave me this one for free through Netgalley and asked nicely in an email so why not?
This one's writing and ending were REALLY confusing. ...more
Author: Sara Ella
Book Series: Standalone
Publication Date: November 12, 2019
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Recommended Age: 16+ (suicide, mental health, there’s a proper trigger warning page in the front of this book too! I definitely recommend reading it and I urge other authors and publishers to copy this format.)
Synopsis: There is more than one way to drown.
Coral has always been different, standing out from ...more
Next week I will be posting a very personal review on this book on my blog. It just does not seem fitting to put it here. However I would like to share for anyone looking to read this book. This book is a hard hitting mental health book.
This book is young adult. I will not say that this book should not be read by a young adult because the realness of this book and knowing ...more
I really wanted to enjoy this book, and in a way I did. I loved the author's writing and will definitely read future books. However, the author starts the book off with a trigger warning. I have never been suicidal and I've never been as depressed as many people can get, or if I have it's lasted a short while and I've pulled myself out. However, I am a Veterinary Technician. My career of choice is one of the highest for ...more
Wow, this book is difficult to review/rate. The story appears to be about one thing- a mermaid suffering from depression and seeing her sister spiraling through mental illness as well. Coral wants to help save her sister but she doesn't understand what is happening and why they seem to be diseased. Their mermaid community would rather wash those suffering away with the tide then address the fact ...more
Read my full review here: https://loveyoshelf.wordpress.com/201...
Marketed as a tragic retelling of The Little Mermaid, Coral is narrated by three protagonists. There’s Coral, who after losing her sister to the Red Tide is more concerned than ever that she is also affected by the Disease that is found in humans – emotions. She has to hide her own affliction from her family, and finds her way to the surface to hunt down the prince ...more
The characters are all so real. I felt their struggles in me. I felt their struggles in my friends. Coral, Brooke, Merrick, Hope, Grim, Nikki, Jake, Beck, Miss Brandes. Pieces of them are pieces of me, and that was amazing to read.
It's an incredibly brave thing to do: to write a story like this about mental health. For Sara Ella to be ...more
I received a complimentary e-copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
This book covers a lot of heavy subjects but she does it by doing a retelling and I think it makes it easier to talk about and understand. Since I haven’t read the original, I can’t comment on that aspect but will discuss what I like and didn’t like from this ...more
Heart felt, hard hitting, deep as the ocean.
I appreciated the insight that this story gives to a lot of very important subjects - such as depression, anxiety, suicide, toxic relationships, manipulation ect. Topics that are so important and need to be represented more in modern literature.
Having said that. this felt like three different stories, jam packed into one, which left me feeling that each ...more
I had no idea what to expect when i started this book - I happily went into it thinking 'Yaay-It's a mermaid book - I've got to read it!' and oh gosh - was I left confused.
This isn't an ordinary loose retelling of the little mermaid. This book handles suicide, depression and mental health. The story starts with three perspectives and to be honest, i only enjoyed Coral's perspective. She ...more
It doesn't happen often. I'm good with words and I've always been. I'm an annoying talker and it's when I go silent that you have to worry. But after reading this book and crying myself through the last 20% of it, I don't know if the right words to describe this book, how it impacted me, what it stirred in me and how amazing this experience was, even exist. I don't think they do.
This book was ...more
Coral, Coral, Coral.I was confused after the first five pages of this book, which is never a good sign. As I'm well-known to do, I pushed throughespeciallybecause I wanted to see how mental health was discussed in a book about ...more
Definitely, without any doubt, the best thing. I was lost in Coral's story, in Brooke's problems, in Merrick's life. Not to mention the intriguing side characters. They all moved me, got ...more
Sara’s UNBLEMISHED trilogy has received high praise and ...more