Today I am excited to have Tiffany Duane here author of Coral & Bone with a fun guest post about the scariest villains.
Along with her post I also have a fun giveaway and of course my review for COral & Bones, which I just know you are going to love! Who doesn't love a good story about mermaids and all things that swim around in the dark?
And look at that gorgeous cover! How can you resist?
Published: July 1, 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy
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.
About the Author:
I write stories about magick, love and dark creatures lurking in the shadows. When I'm not lost in Edit Land you can find me reading a book from my towering TBR pile or at the movie theater nibbling licorice. I don't have a lucky number, but my favorite time is 11:11. I completely believe that the fortunes found inside cookies will come true and that you must be careful when wishing on stars. I live on an island, so if you want to visit you'll need a boat, and if you want to survive the passage be sure to bring candy for the mermaids.
I grew up reading and watching The Little Mermaid, singing the songs—wishing for fins. So why then are Coral & Bone mermaids so wickedly horrible you ask? I also loved Nightmare on Elm Street, Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles and Stephen King. Evil mermaids are bound to surface when two worlds collide in a writer's head. Uncharted ocean depths where creatures possessing dark powers loom and can capsize your boat with a wave of their finger are the stories that make my heart race. Wicked mermaids are so much more interesting. Yes, I admit I do have a weakness for rainbow streaked hair, but in the end, fangs rule.
Dive into the world of Coral & Bone
A girl with wide eyes black as a corpse’s nails peered back at her. Thin, dark veins marred her alabaster skin. Her inky slick hair glistened like a web along the water. Her full black lips spread over needle-pointed teeth, as a silvery scaled tail rose out of the water, and curled over the girl’s head.
What the…? This wasn’t Tage. This wasn’t human. Her gaze fixed on the tail. Fish?
“Mermaid,” the girl whispered as if reading Halen’s questioning thoughts.
No way. No freaking way. Halen wrenched her arm away and churned the water as she kicked toward the shore. You’re hallucinating. Hypothermia is setting in. Mermaids are not real, she told herself, though the raging fire under her skin said otherwise.
The mermaid slapped her tail against the water, and Halen flew back. She caught sight of a second tail and dodged the fin before it made contact. “Leave me alone!” Halen screamed. She didn’t see the tail underwater, but she felt the pressure as the slick scales curled around her waist. The mermaid’s fierce gaze fixed on Halen. Halen clawed the air, and as she did, the mermaid dragged her hooked talon along Halen’s birthmark, only stopping when her talon caught on the silver bracelet. The mermaid pulled at her wrist, bringing the bracelet under her nose. Her glistening eyes narrowed, and she shook Halen’s arm so forcefully, she thought her bones might snap. Halen twisted out of the mermaid’s reach, when two others blocked her path. She was outnumbered.
It is rare when I come across a book about mermaids and truly enjoy it, a sad fact but a true one. So when I do find something that I love, that is unique and fun I feel like I need to tell everyone about it.
So this is me, telling you, all about Coral & Bone.
Right from the start I was intrigued with the story. About the secrets that Halen's family was keeping from her and her unique abilities that she knew nothing about. And who doesn't love a good tale where the mermaids aren't the good guys but the monsters instead?
It was easy to get sucked right into the storyline and into the character's lives. The plot line was original and smart and a lot of fun, not to mention well written.
This was a fabulous start to what can only be deemed a fun and original read that will keep you on your toes. I can't wait to see what the author comes up with next!
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author. I was not compensated for this review.*
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Yes it's difficult to find a good mermaid book but I love these stories because we don't have a lot about them and I'm always curious!ReplyDelete
So am I Melliane! Thanks so much for stopping by! :)Delete
Sounds like an exciting story! I don't think I've read very many mermaid books, but I like the plot of this one.ReplyDelete
It does have a great plot for sure!Delete
I have yet to read a mermaid book that has impressed me too. I think I would really enjoy this because it seems really engaging. I should give this a shot.ReplyDelete
Lovely review, Ali! :)
Thanks Nick and I hope you do!!Delete
I love the idea of an evil mermaid! I've only read a handful of books that have featured them, and they are usually pretty tame, but like Kindlemom mentioned in her review, most of my encounters with them in fiction have been less than stellar. I'm happy to learn that Tiffany Duane's are the exception to that rule!ReplyDelete
It is fun to have a twist on a tale isn't it? I like the different!Delete
Wait. WICKED mermaids? Yessssss. I've only read a few mermaid stories but they've all been of the good mermaid variety, so I'm intrigued by this story for sure. Thanks for putting this on my radar Ali!!!!ReplyDelete
Great guest post and wow Mermaids I haven't read them much in fantasy I wonder why. Okay now this in on my wish list :)ReplyDelete
They aren't for everyone but there really are some great ones out there.Delete
There is not a thing I don't love about this book :-)ReplyDelete
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I struggle with Mer-books too Ali. This sounds pretty cool and that cover is amazing!ReplyDelete
The cover is gorgeous!Delete
I haven't liked any mermaid book, or any water creature story at that, ever. Since you enjoyed this one, I'm willing to give this a shot esp as you and I seems to have the same experience to stories like this.ReplyDelete
I am not a fan of mermaid books either. I havent' had good luck with them in the past, but evil mermaids? Now that grabs my attention, plus the cover is stunning. I really should give this one a go.ReplyDelete
It really is stunning and I do hope if you try it you like it Heidi.Delete
For some reason mermaid books definitely are hard to get right. Glad this one was enjoyable for you though!ReplyDelete
I can't remember reading a book about mermaids...I think I'd enjoy some evil mermaids though. Thanks for the review; LOVE that cover.ReplyDelete
The cover is pretty fabulous. ;)Delete
What a lovely cover! I agree with you, I like it when mermaids are on the more monstrous side. Definitely excired to check this out!ReplyDelete
I cannot even tell you in words how much I LOVE that cover!ReplyDelete
It really is a gorgeous cover.Delete
I am hoping to read this one eventually. I haven't found a lot of mermaid books I enjoy either so very excited.ReplyDelete
I hope you do and you like it Lily. :)Delete