"...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!"
“…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.”
"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."
"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."
"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]."
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.
"...a book that keeps you up all night because you cannot, dare not, put it down...I expected great things from this book and got out-of-this-world amazing things instead...I need Esther Dalseno to retell all the fairy tales."
Dalseno fills out the [Little Mermaid] story while managing to make it feel like a creation of her own. She makes many brilliant, intriguing changes, but if you’re expecting Disney, this isn’t it.
I can easily say that "Drown" will be on the list of my all time favorite books.
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...
“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.
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..."