Author: Esther Dalseno
Publisher: 3 Little Birds
Publication Date: October 31st , 2015
Genre: Retelling, YA, Mermaids, Fantasy
My Rating: 4.25 /5 stars
Links: GoodReads Amazon
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.
I received a copy of Drown from the author, in exchange with an honest review .
Drown isn't a retelling of Disney's version of The Little Mermaid; it is a retelling of the original tale which made me personally ,more happy. It being based on the original tale, the story had what looked like the perfect darkness overlay.
Esther's writing style is very unique ! I fell in love with it right away, and she is currently on my ( Writers with amazing writing style like) list , which includes Lauren Oliver, A.G Howard, Erica Crouch, and Edgar Allan Poe !!
Not only was the writing style beautiful and dark, but also the events of the story were amazing. I kept on flipping the pages so fast to see how the story ends. While reading, I kept on guessing how the events will turn out to be, and Esther almost always found a more creative approach to do that.
I felt like some backstories weren't given much details, and I wish that these parts were fleshed out more in the story. I wish I saw understood more about the Sea Witch and the King .
Something that really captured attention is how no character was entitled with a specific name. All characters were named after who they are ! EXTRA POINTS for creativity !!
Over all, I really enjoyed reading Drown and I look forward to read more of Esther's novels !
P.S: I have started her latest novel, GATS.
I give this book 4.25 stars/5 .
About the Author:
Esther Dalseno was born to a Malaysian mother and an Italian father in Australia. After living in both Portland, Oregon and Sydney, New South Wales, she headed off to see the world.
Writing and teaching, she has lived in Laos, Vietnam and South Korea and has traveled the world extensively, from Johannesburg to Bangkok to Barcelona.
She now lives in Berlin with her husband, daughter, and Pekingese dog, all acquired in different countries. She has no plans yet to return to Australia.
Esther loves museums, festivals, live music and can often be seen ambling about the graffiti-strewn streets of Berlin’s inner city.
She began her publishing career with the short Totoro’s Garden in the acclaimed short story collection, We All Need a Witness, published by Macmillan.
Her debut novel Drown was published in 2015. Her second novel, Gabriel and the Swallows will be released in March 2016.