Synopsis from HarperCollins Publishers:
Morgan Matson meets Maggie Stiefvater in a story that will make you believe in friendship, miracles, and maybe even magic.
Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas, is a strange place. For the past century, every girl has been born with a special talent, like the ability to Fix any object, Heal any wound, or Find what is missing.
To best friends Rome, Lux, and Mercy, their abilities often feel more like a curse. Rome may be able to Fix anything she touches, but that won’t help her mom pay rent. Lux’s ability to attract any man with a smile has always meant danger. And although Mercy can make Enough of whatever is needed, even that won’t help when her friendship with Rome and Lux is tested.
Follow three best friends in this enchanting debut novel as they discover that friendship is stronger than curses, that trust is worth the risk, and sometimes, what you’ve been looking for has been under your feet the whole time.
About: The Deepest Roots is a young adult magical realism written by Miranda Asebedo. It will be published on 9/18/2018 by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 320 pages. The genres are young adult, magical realism, and fiction. This book is the author’s debut and it’s intended for readers ages 13 and up, grades 8 and up. According to Harper Collins’ website, the company is the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world, originally founded by two bothers, James and John Harper in New York City in 1817 and currently has publishing operations in 18 countries. Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Deepest Roots on 7/31/2018 and finished it on 8/10/2018. This book has great humor! I love the friendship and diversity. I love the strong female lead. I like the hints of romance. I like Red and Jett, good guys out of a bunch of bad ones. I love the cover of this book. I like the mom comparison between Lux and Rome. I like Emmeline’s story.
This book is told in the first person point of view following Rome Galveston, 17, a part time mechanic who has too much pride to ask for help. Rome’s two best friends are Lux and Mercy, both 17. They all live in a rural town called Cottonwood Hollow in Kansas where the daughters are known to have unique talents, though it’s consider a curse to some. Rome survives through life with her mom barely having enough to eat. Lux lives in a home where others sees as a fairy tale, but nobody knows what truly happens behind closed doors. Mercy lives in a nice house but have the pressure to be perfect. They have been friends since forever and promise not to keep secrets from one another. When Rome discovers Lux’s secrets, trouble soon escalates and with their talents, it may not be enough to fix it all.
A well written book, The Deepest Roots is a story of small town, hardships, and talents. I enjoy reading Jett and Rome’s interactions. I like the bit of ghost story. Some parts of the story were lagging for me mainly on the extensive info of the friendship and the hardships they endured. I was expecting that with their talents, life would turn right side up for them instead of only to heal their bruises or fix something after it’s broken. I like the unexpected twist near the end. I recommend you all to give this book a read!
Pro: cover, fast paced, friendship, talents, diversity, mystery
Con: friendship and hardship are lengthy to read
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
Miranda Asebedo was born and raised in rural Kansas with a love of fast cars, open skies, and books. She carried that love of books to college, where she got her BA and MA in English, with an emphasis in creative writing and literature. A Seaton Fellowship recipient, her short fiction has appeared in Kansas Voices, Touchstone, and Midway Journal. Miranda still lives on the prairie today with her husband, two kids, and a majestic bulldog named Princess Jellybean. If Miranda’s not writing or reading, she’s most likely convinced everyone to load up in the family muscle car and hit the road. She can be found online at http://www.mirandaasebedo.com (Photo obtained from the author’s website and Info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Miranda Asebedo, publisher HarperTeen, and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.