"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."
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.
"I finished it at one in the morning and I bawled like a baby."
"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..."
I can easily say that "Drown" will be on the list of my all time favorite books.
"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]."
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...
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.
“…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."
“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.”
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.
"...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."