"Have you ever wanted to know what really lies below the surface of the waters and the mermaids origins, why the Sea Witch seemed so much more than ever written, and the littlest mermaid's true desire to be human beyond her initial feelings for the prince? DROWN feels like an unexplored fairy tale that has come to light."
Best adult retelling of The Little Mermaid I've ever read. Extremely well written in a very mature style that still retains the element of macabre fairytale, that surrounds the original story.
This whole book was just amazing. To the richly imagined backstory of the merfolk, to the depth of the characters, to that last minute plot twist.
"This book took me totally by surprise...and I loved that mystery! To see such a dark take on such a beloved classic is just amazing. [With] fairy tale retellings, I think a lot of us expect the story because we’ve all heard it before, but with DROWN that is so far from the truth...I could not put this one down."
"DROWN is the perfect rendition of everything I didn’t expect it to be, with everything I hoped it would be... Esther Dalseno completely transforms the story into something both hauntingly beautiful and mesmerizing...DROWN is unlike anything I have ever read."
Beautifully dark, heartbreaking tale that remains true to the tragic Hans Christian Anderson original. I'm very much looking forward to reading more of Ms. Dalseno's work.
"The best Little Mermaid retelling of the century...I picked it up and from the first page I fell in love. The plot, the characters, the on the edge moments and oh Lord, the cover! Everything about this book has changed my opinions on Mermaid YA. It was incredible and I highly recommend it. Hans Christian Andersen would be very proud..."
"...an incredibly intriguing and unique read. Dalseno takes a well known and well loved tale and creates something darker that will have you tearing through the pages. The writing is beautiful, the story is unique and I guarantee you have never read anything like this before!"
"One of the most magical, lyrical and stunning books I have read all year, this book needs to win awards."
So beautifully crafted is this story, it's impossible not to feel how much Dalseno loves the original story, and so as I was reading, I felt Dalseno understood me. "She gets it!" I would think, and would feel such a rush of affection for the author who not only shared my love for this story, but also used that love to write such an achingly gorgeous retelling.
It’s a cliche to say you couldn’t put a book down but this statement applies here. With such little time to read, I found myself picking up this book whenever I could.
Are you looking for something like you've never read before? Something lyrical, stunning and just downright beautiful? "Drown" is reminiscent of the tales of old...
“…beautiful and dark, definitely not your Disney version! It’s more true to the original version—with some intriguing twists…The author’s great imagination really added an entrancing flair to the novel. An exploration of love, betrayal, the soul, heartache and loss, the joys of life, and what makes one human.”
“The depth Dalseno weaves into her characters and her melancholy, dreamlike prose pair beautifully with Hans Christian Andersen’s original tragic fairy tale. DROWN is darkly romantic, lush, and broke my heart in all the best ways. It’s everything a good retelling should be.”