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Simply stunning! So reminiscent of Laini Taylor, Esther Dalseno has fast become on of my favorite authors of all time! To quote a popular John Green novel... I would read her grocery list! Honest to god, this is one of the best books I have read in years.
"...a reading experience that will awaken all your senses."
"Gabriel and The Swallows is such a beautifully written book. Esther Dalseno has an incredible talent of stringing words together and making you feel all kinds of things..."
"A beautiful, lyrical novel of love."
"On rare occasions, you encounter a story that lodges itself in your heart, sticking with you long after you finish reading. Ms. Dalseno is an artist who uses her word palette as expertly as any visual artist..."
"Gabriel and the Swallows is an absolutely beautifully written book..."
"Gabriel and the Swallows is a masterpiece of a novel. Esther Dalseno has an incredible, mystical way with words...Gabriel and the Swallows is a magical, emotional, beautiful, original story that will stay in my heart forever."
Wow. Just wow. I knew after reading Dalseno's debut novel, 'Drown' that this woman can write, but damn she showed herself up with 'Gabriel and the Swallows'!
"I very quickly fell in love with Ms. Dalseno's first novel, Drown, and had been told Gabriel and the Swallows would be even better. I was skeptical at first because I did not think anything could be more enchanting, but I must say, she certainly won me over. "
"...a masterpiece, and one I will share with with friends, family and my future children."
" 'Gabriel and the Swallows' was captivating and beautifully written. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down! I love the character development and was amazed at how I was able to follow Gabriel's life. 'Gabriel' is a total must read!"
This story of Gabriel's journey was so raw it felt like I was growing, maturing as a person with him. Dalseno was 100% real during the journey. Easily one of the most beautiful books I have ever read.
"Such an incredible novel! This is the second time I've read it and it was just as captivating as the first! Esther's writing style is just so beautiful and picturesque..."
"Clearly, when reading a novel by Esther Dalseno, one should expect to be taken on a fantastic journey into realms where the mythic gently touches the mortal pages and whose lyrical words creates a story that just sweeps you away."
"Esther Dalseno's writing style is incredible. It's poetic and beautiful and unlike anything I've ever read before. Honestly, I couldn't put this book down...[just] beautifully written strangeness but I loved every second of it."
...this book has completely undone me. The world ( which was magnificently dark and haunting ) had me ensnared from the get go. Dalseno kept me engaged and guessing till the very end as how the outcome of this breathtaking masterpiece would end.
"What a wondrously peculiar, lyrical, and magical story..."
Truly, my only qualms with this book are, 1) That I didn't read it sooner, and 2) That I wasn't the one to write it - oh, author envy of the best sort! This book is incredibly different from most others you can pick up off the shelf. But, those willing to slip into the pages will be thoroughly rewarded.
"...it'll keep you up 'til midnight. No words can express how this book made my imagination go wild. Such an excellent read!"
"Every once in a while, you find a story so beautifully created and fantastically put together that you know it will never leave you...Ms. Dalseno is like a painter with words, creating fantastic masterpieces that you will never forget for as long as you live."