"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. "
"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."
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.
"What a wondrously peculiar, lyrical, and magical story..."
" '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.
"...it'll keep you up 'til midnight. No words can express how this book made my imagination go wild. Such an excellent read!"
"...a reading experience that will awaken all your senses."
"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..."
"A beautiful, lyrical novel of love."
"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..."
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.
"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..."
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'!