An inventive, spooky and heartfelt story of a girl on a race-against-time, gothic-tinged treasure hunt.
Coral sees the world around her through a rainbow of colours not visible to others - an afternoon of adventure is Treasure Island Gold but a morning with a maths test is Stormy Canyon Grey. When her beloved grandma dies, Coral can't find the colour to match how heartbroken she is.
She makes a bargain with a ghostly boy - she'll stop an evil spirit from breaking the spell imprisoning him in a graveyard and he'll find a way for her to say goodbye properly to Grandma.
This is one of those books that helps prove the old adage, don't judge a book by its cover. In the case of The Colours of Coral Glen, the cover was gorgeous (if I could have it without the words, as a poster, I would), both back and front, but what was held within the covers struggled to keep me reading for the first five chapters and after that had me shifting between enjoyment and irritation. Once you get halfway through the book the pace really does begin to speed up, she was only given three days to get everything sorted, but it feels like so much got left out and there is one character issue that gets forgotten about in favour of ending the book.
The author tries to inject a bit of difference to her story by having Coral describe the colours by using the names that are given to the multitude of paint colours there are (this is also to aid why she can see the ghost when no one else can), this could have been good but there are more moments than not where I was getting fed up with these descriptions, far too many in one go instead of more evenly spaced out. The characters are fun enough but they aren't consistent enough to improve the book and don't even get me started on Coral's parents, who whilst they are grieving too, can't seem to decide how to treat Coral at any given time.
I'm in love with the cover but beyond that, this wouldn't be a book I would recommend to any of my friends children.
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