Drown by Esther Dalseno

Drown: A Twisted Take on the Classic Fairy Tale - Esther Dalseno

I can’t remember the last time—if there even was a last time—that I closed a book and thought, “Wow, the author really put themselves into this world.”


Since I’m only human, I experienced heartbreak throughout this book (← if you read the book, you’ll know what I did there).


This book will tell you that this is a twisted version of the fairytale—believe the blurb, because it is. And it will twist your heart as you see what Esther Dalseno does to The Little Mermaid.


Esther Dalseno will tell you this story. She’ll make you think and wonder and anticipate what’s going to happen. She’ll tell you the story of the little mermaid, the self-mutilating Prince, the lonely sea witch, and the Uncle. Her writing honestly flows really well.


After I turned the last page of this book I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters and their stories.


My heart ached so much for the little mermaid. I’ve never read a character that was so giving, so determined, and in the end so loved by so few. I want to find the little mermaid, and give her a hug and tell her that I care about her story.


The Prince was also a well written character and the author let’s us see through the little mermaid’s eyes what he goes through and what kind of a King he’d be.


And last of all, my favorite character, the uncle. Oh my God, my heart almost aches as much for the uncle as it does for the little mermaid. I love the uncle so much, because he’s real, and flawed, and so ready to love and to give… it makes me sad, really.


The characters and the writing were beautiful. I felt this world, saw it, felt what the characters did, and in the end my heart was broken.