An Epic Mermaid Tale
I could not have asked for a more epic story than Coral by Sara Ella for my inaugural post with LitBuzz! I do feel it necessary to reiterate the trigger warning that Ms. Ella released with this book as there is mention of self-harm, suicide, abuse, as well as various mental health issues. Having read this warning before diving in I wasn’t sure what to expect but what I found was a story that is incomparable to anything I have ever read before. Three stories are weaved together to tell a tale of loss and the repercussions of difficult choices from both the afflicted and their caretakers.
A Sister’s Burden
First we meet our mermaid, Coral, who is burdened with trying to appease a family she no longer feels a part of while trying to care for a sister whose secrets may lead to a troubling end. As her sister’s secrets are revealed Coral must face the unsettling reality that those secrets may not be her sister’s alone.
A Lost Soul
Brooke is living the aftermath of one of her worst fears coming to fruition. The overwhelming circumstances lead her to be justifiably resistant to any help from those charged with her care. A few unexpected friends allow her the opportunity to discover herself and what’s important.
A Family’s Curse
Merrick is a slave to his name. With a rich and powerful father comes great responsibilities, that he has no interest in. The ennui he feels towards his privileged life takes a drastic turn when someone close to him almost loses a battle he didn’t know was being fought. He must now accept responsibility he’s not prepared for to be the hero his family needs.
The issues that are dealt with in this book are very real despite the whimsical namesake heroine. I challenge anyone to finish this book without a new awareness of those around them. Though the timelines of each story can seem a bit confusing, the end result is an awe inspiring revelation that made me gasp as all of the pieces fell together before my eyes. If this is what happens when a fairy tale falls into Sara Ella’s hands than then I look forward to seeing what else she has in store for us.