Drown: A Twisted Take on the Classic Fairytale by Esther Dalseno
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I was completely blown away by this story! Very well-written and imaginative!
I was at first skeptical, having read a bunch of reconstructed fairy tales, I did not believe that this novel would be any different. And in the search for a book that had mermaids, I came across some very appalling or just strange novels that made me retire my pursuits and believe that an amazing novel with mermaid was nonexistent.
Luckily, I was proven wrong. It was a very creative and fresh interpretation of the tale, dark and beautiful as the mermaid discovered the danger of human emotions. I was hooked from the first page, the writing is amazing with the attention to detail and the underwater setting was enthralling. How Dalseno paid such close attention to detail, the kingdom, and its customs–you can tell she took her time to craft such a masterpiece and I admire that. I love a novel where the setting is painted meticulously and it was definitely needed for a book underwater–I could almost believe I was there!
I liked how the story followed the traditional route of the original fairy tale rather than the Disney version–the real tale is forbidding and does not have a tradtional/happy couple/ love wins all/ happy ending.
All the characters were intricate with their faults and desires and I loved how the author made the Prince to be a whiny, sullen boy. Yes, he was handsome and intelligent but I found it compelling that he was filled with so much darkness–his doubts and insecurities his most formidable enemy. It was hard for me to like him, but I can understand his motives because his emotions were so real.
The little mermaid was charming with her naiveté and curiosity, her eagerness for love and fulfillment relatable. I pitied her because she was not ready for life’s disappointment but I am glad she was not with the moody Prince.
I do not recommend this story for those looking for the Disney version but for those who want to be enraptured with a dark and wicked tale.
Very amazing! Five stars!