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.
"Ms. Dalseno's tale did not disappoint. In fact, it delighted me, if you can say that about a story that left me brokenhearted... Its lyricism was dazzling and the story itself was gorgeous..."
"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."
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...
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.
"This book was absolutely amazing. I love when I read a book and it reminds me why I love reading and writing so much... [Dalseno] transformed this classic into something new, exciting, and memorable. Esther Dalseno is a unique writer and she brings in real world elements through her story telling...I can't wait to see more from [her]."
I can easily say that "Drown" will be on the list of my all time favorite books.
"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..."
“…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.”
"One of the most magical, lyrical and stunning books I have read all year, this book needs to win awards."
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 book was beautiful. It was such a refreshing read, and such an incredibly written book. "Drown" is the author's, Esther Dalseno's, first novel and I am incredible impressed by her work.
“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.”
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.