Hii bookworms! I'm really excited to post this because it is my first review of an ARC!!
"𝘐 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘱𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬. 𝘖𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘮𝘺 𝘰𝘸𝘯."
So, I’m not able to review this book the way I usually would, because I can’t rant or give away any spoilers.
CORAL BY: @saraellawrites
OVERALL RATING: 5/5 STARS
FEELINGS: Oof this book is a rollercoaster. It’s not simply a retelling of ‘The Little Mermaid’ or a book about mental health: it’s a story that encompasses everything ranging from love to understanding how mental health is perceived now. There are literary references throughout which is every readers dream-I really loved recognizing quotes and references-and it’s a love letter to Hans Christian Anderson’s writing.
Initially, I did think the book was simply going to make mental health seem like something glamorous, something like the trend it is becoming now. But it doesn’t. The fairy-tale setting, the characters struggles illustrate how difficult the struggle with mental health can be. It emphasizes hope as well as the journey it takes to get to your version of balanced and ‘normal’.
The characters steal your heart in this book, there is no one that you will be able not to feel something for. Sara Ella did a phenomenal job at tugging at your heartstrings and forcing you to reflect on how you treat others. There are twists and turns which makes the plot even more compelling because it’s not just a story about people dealing with mental health but it’s also genuinely intriguing. You are curious, sorrowful, ready to scream, and just plain old obsessed.
I finished this book in one sitting, it took me three hours and when I was done, my heart felt spent. There is nothing greater than a book being able to make you feel physically worn out, as if you were on the journey with the characters themselves.
TW: sexual assault, depression, suicide, generally dark themes.
RECCOMDNED FOR: everyone and anyone who wants a genuine story on mental health that isn’t glorified, but shown as it is. - 39 minutes ago