Drown by Esther Dalseno: Book Review

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Title: Drown: A Twisted Take on a Classic Fairy Tale

Author: Esther Dalseno

Publisher: Three Little Birds Books

My Rating: 5/5 stars

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

And with that quote right there, I knew I had stumbled upon something special. I found Drown in my Goodreads recommendations and although it normally takes a trusted reviewer for me to pick up a book, I decided to take a chance on this one. And, oh boy, am I glad I did. Somehow it only has a hundred or so reviews on Goodreads, and that really needs to change. So here I am.

Drown is a dark re-telling of The Little Mermaid, but not the Disney version. No, you won’t find any talking flounder or composing crabs here.

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Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland: Book Review

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Title: Our Chemical Hearts

Author: Krystal Sutherland

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin Books)

My Rating: 2.5/5 stars

“Love doesn’t need to last a lifetime for it to be real. You can’t judge the quality of a love by the length of time it lasts. Everything dies, love included. Sometimes it dies with a person, sometimes it dies on its own. The greatest love story ever told doesn’t have to be about two people who spent their whole lives together. It might be about a love that lasted two weeks or two months or two years, but burned brighter and hotter and more brilliantly than any other love before or after. Don’t mourn a failed love; there is no such thing. All love is equal in the brain.”

It’s Henry Page’s senior year of high school, and he is in love… with the idea of being in love. Although he hasn’t yet experienced his first love, he, like most writers, considers himself a hopeless romantic. When he is chosen to co-edit his school’s paper, along with the new student, Grace Town, Henry instantly feels a pull towards the strange girl with her cane, over-sized boy clothes, poor personal hygiene, and generally withdrawn, pessimistic attitude. He quickly falls head over heels for the mysterious girl, but how does she feel about him?

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Rodent by Lisa J. Lawrence: Book Review

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Title: Rodent

Author: Lisa J. Lawrence

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Contemporary is usually such a hard genre for me to get into, so I wasn’t expecting too much going into Rodent–especially with that title, yikes–but this book was a pleasant surprise! It was exaaactly what I needed.

I happened upon it on Goodreads and after reading the description followed by a few wonderful reviews, I ordered a copy. Never did I expect to love it so much–especially for an author’s debut. It was one of those books that I planned to only read a few chapters of before bed, but then ended up staying up in order to finish it–love when that happens!

 

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