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Mini Review: Drown by Esther Dalseno

Source: Purchased in the Amazon Kindle store
Publisher: 3 Little Birds Books
Format: kindle ebook
Pages: 230
Genre: YA fantasy (retelling)
Rating: 4 Stars
Release: October 31st 2015

Seven emotionless princesses. Three ghostly sirens. A beautiful, malicious witch haunted by memories. A handsome, self-mutilating prince.

Belonging to a race that is mostly animal with little humanity, a world obsessed with beauty where morality holds no sway, a little mermaid escapes to the ocean’s surface. Discovering music, a magnificent palace of glass and limestone, and a troubled human prince, she is driven by love to consult the elusive sea-witch who secretly dominates the entire species of merfolk. Upon paying an enormous price for her humanity, the little mermaid begins a new life, uncovering secrets of sexuality and the Immortal Soul. As a deadly virus threatens to contaminate the bloodstreams of the whole merfolk race, the little mermaid must choose between the lives of her people, the man she loves, or herself.

A complete reinvention of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale, this is a magical-realist fable that captures the essence of sacrifice and the price of humanity.

My Review of Drown...
"Sometimes what we are searching for does not exist. We may sacrifice for it, even bleed for it, but it was never meant to be ours."

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, and it's inspiration was the original The Little Mermaid. No, not Disney's version, but the original Hans Christian Anderson version.

Within the pages of this breathtaking tale you will find love, hope, determination, and darkness!

The POV in this story was startlingly impressive. It's written in third person omniscient view. I was pretty shocked that I loved the POV choice! I'm normally a first person type of reader, but wow this left me wanting more!

Overall I'm so glad I decided to read Drown and am now an Esther Dalseno fan! Perfect for fans of retellings, mermaids and lyrical writing!



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