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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. Best friends Rome, Lux, and Mercy all have similar talents, but to them, their abilities often feel like a curse. Rome may be able to Fix anything she touches, but that wont help her 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. Best friends Rome, Lux, and Mercy all have similar talents, but to them, their abilities often feel like a curse. Rome may be able to Fix anything she touches, but that won’t help her mom pay rent or make it any easier to confide in Lux and Mercy about what’s going on at home. And Rome isn’t the only one. Lux has been hiding bigger, more dangerous secrets. As Rome struggles to keep her friendships close, she discovers the truth about life in Cottonwood Hollow—that friends are 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.


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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. Best friends Rome, Lux, and Mercy all have similar talents, but to them, their abilities often feel like a curse. Rome may be able to Fix anything she touches, but that wont help her 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. Best friends Rome, Lux, and Mercy all have similar talents, but to them, their abilities often feel like a curse. Rome may be able to Fix anything she touches, but that won’t help her mom pay rent or make it any easier to confide in Lux and Mercy about what’s going on at home. And Rome isn’t the only one. Lux has been hiding bigger, more dangerous secrets. As Rome struggles to keep her friendships close, she discovers the truth about life in Cottonwood Hollow—that friends are 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.

30 review for The Deepest Roots

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hamad

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. "For my daughters, may you grow to be as brave as Rome, strong as Lux, and compassionate as Mercy" 🌟 The above quote is the dedication of this book. Funny how after reading only this, I felt that I know the characters and could relate to them. A few pages in and I was hooked. 🌟 Now when I first started this I didnt expect the modern world This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. "For my daughters, may you grow to be as brave as Rome, strong as Lux, and compassionate as Mercy" 🌟 The above quote is the dedication of this book. Funny how after reading only this, I felt that I know the characters and could relate to them. A few pages in and I was hooked. 🌟 Now when I first started this I didn’t expect the modern world building. I thought for some reason that this is set in an older era when there was no technology and electricity. Although the synopsis did not mention this but the cover also gave me those same vibes. 🌟 I didn’t mind the setting though as it was good and I wanted to know more about the characters. It is also interesting now how many books are there with 3 girls as MC. For example: Three Dark Crowns, Sawkill Girls, Broken things and this book. I don’t know if it is the new trend but I don’t mind it as long as they are well done which was the case here. 🌟 This read more like a contemporary with very limited magic and I liked this. I was thinking that it could have worked as a contemporary alone. I don’t read Magical Realism and I didn’t know this was one when I ordered it so I went and checked again and it was classified as such and I was happy because I can finally have a favorite book in this genre! 🌟 The writing style was good, I liked how relatable everything was, from the poor main character, to the friend representation and all the burns and things they had in between. Because some novels just makes the characters perfect to make us like them but hell with that, I’d rather have a realistic character. 🌟 The plot wasn’t that surprising but it was good and it was more about their journey than the plot twists. And it ended up pretty well, I had guessed how will it end early on and it was as I expected and even a bit better!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    My Experience: I started reading The Deepest Roots on 7/31/18 and finished it on 8/10/18. 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 Emmelines 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 My Experience: I started reading The Deepest Roots on 7/31/18 and finished it on 8/10/18. 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! ***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. xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This is a hard one for me to review. I LOVED the setting and the whimsy, but all of the angst and unnecessary drama really took this down from what could have been a 5 to a 3. I still really enjoyed it, but I cant ignore the hardcore eye rolls this caused me lol. This is a hard one for me to review. I LOVED the setting and the whimsy, but all of the angst and unnecessary drama really took this down from what could have been a 5 to a 3. I still really enjoyed it, but I can’t ignore the hardcore eye rolls this caused me lol.

  4. 4 out of 5

    andrea caro

    TW - abuse, sexual assault, really smarmy and rapey comments by grown men to adult girls. Hard to really explain how much I love this book. The Deepest Roots is set in the town of Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas, where the girls grow up a little bit different. Each Cottonwood girl has an ability - they can Fix things, there are Enoughs who always have enough of whatever they need, there are Finders, Wits, and Sirens. Our story primarily follows three girls: Rome, Lux, and Mercy. Rome is a Fixer - she can TW - abuse, sexual assault, really smarmy and rapey comments by grown men to adult girls. Hard to really explain how much I love this book. The Deepest Roots is set in the town of Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas, where the girls grow up a little bit different. Each Cottonwood girl has an ability - they can Fix things, there are Enoughs who always have enough of whatever they need, there are Finders, Wits, and Sirens. Our story primarily follows three girls: Rome, Lux, and Mercy. Rome is a Fixer - she can repair broken phone screens with the touch of her finger and when she was four, she tugged the power cord of a broken microwave and prepared that too. It's a good thing, too, because her abilities as a Fixer are the only thing keeping her and her mom afloat. She's able to hold down a job a car mechanic to help pay the rent on her trailer. However, when her mom gets laid off, even her abilities might not be enough. Lux is a (lesbian) siren. Her ability she regards as a curse. Once able to charm her algebra teacher into thinking that she had turned in tests that she hadn't, she learned at a young age that grown men proclaiming love for her as a young girl isn't a good thing. She's got a dark secret and is desperate to get out of Cottonwood Hollow. Mercy is an Enough. Whenever Rome drives the girls to school and Mercy's in the back seat, there's always enough gas in the car, even when Rome can't afford to fill the tank. This book is about these three girls, at varying levels of struggle, trying to carve their paths out. When a tornado drops a mysterious box containing a diary of the woman who supposedly cursed the girls of Cottonwood Hollow with their abilities decades back, the girls realize there is treasure to be found - treasure that could help them crawl away from poverty, from evils, or just find success in life. But the three girls aren't the only ones looking for the lost treasure. This book was sort of like an all-girl version of the Goonies meets that Southern gothic charm that appeals to me so much, being from the south. There's a familiarity in this book to me, as a person that has known struggle and wondered where food was going to come from. This book is about finding your way and girls supporting girls. I really, really loved it. I had some minor grievances with the book. I think the "mystery" was very simple and it was strange to me it took as long for the characters to figure out as it did. I also wish we had seen more romance with Lux and her girlfriend; I struggled with tagging this book as lgbtqia because the representation is very minor. I also wanted more of Mercy in general. But none of this ultimately hindered my enjoyment of a beautiful book. The writing was good, I loved the story and the touches of magic, and I love that it was about girls. This book was very, very me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    Part of being in a family is letting them into your tiny, narrow trailer that doesn't smell like cookies. It's showing them your deepest, darkest fears and letting them shine a little light on them. Though it took me eighty four years to read THE DEEPEST ROOTS, it wasnt because I wasnt enjoying it. This story is a little bit PRACTICAL MAGIC and a little bit something else I cant think of at the moment (ugh this is the worst review ever and I only just started). With strong female friendships, Part of being in a family is letting them into your tiny, narrow trailer that doesn't smell like cookies. It's showing them your deepest, darkest fears and letting them shine a little light on them. Though it took me eighty four years to read THE DEEPEST ROOTS, it wasn’t because I wasn’t enjoying it. This story is a little bit PRACTICAL MAGIC and a little bit something else I can’t think of at the moment (ugh this is the worst review ever and I only just started). With strong female friendships, special abilities once thought to be a curse on the girls of Cottonwood Hollow and are, instead, gifts, this was both a little bit mystery, a little bit coming of age, and a lot of accepting who you are. "You okay? Want me to get rid of Tim?" "You mean like in a 'hide the body' kind of way?" This story felt totally plausible despite the magical element, the relationships were fraught with insecurities and secrets and promises, and even the three besties weren't without friction in some of their interactions -- which, lets be honest, is totally true to form. And additionally.. it was also pretty funny. "His name is Jett? Jesus Christ. It's no wonder kids today are so fucked up." There are a lot of little gems in this book, both in subject matter or realizations or confronting hard truths, and I would totally recommend. Because, again, despite the fact that this took me so long to get through (curse you slump) I did really enjoy it and would absolutely read this author again. ** I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  6. 5 out of 5

    K.A.

    Once I picked up THE DEEPEST ROOTS, I didn't want to put it down. The story built like a train rolling down hill, and the deeper into the Cottonwood Hollow girls' lives I tangled, the more I never wanted to leave. Every page led to another mystery that begged to be solved. And the characters were sooo goood! So real and different, and I felt them all. I had no idea going in that this book had so many aspects of story I love: ghosts, girls with magical abilities, serious badassery, the real Once I picked up THE DEEPEST ROOTS, I didn't want to put it down. The story built like a train rolling down hill, and the deeper into the Cottonwood Hollow girls' lives I tangled, the more I never wanted to leave. Every page led to another mystery that begged to be solved. And the characters were sooo goood! So real and different, and I felt them all. I had no idea going in that this book had so many aspects of story I love: ghosts, girls with magical abilities, serious badassery, the real struggles of growing up poor, which I've been most of my life, muscle cars and girl mechanics, and my most favorite thing ever, a healthy supply of secrets, desolation, and so very much personal pain. This book was addicting in the very best ways. Do yourself a favor and read this gorgeous book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)

    3.5 stars. I loved the writing style and fabulist elements, and the focus on friendship. But I just cant overlook the fact that while I was reading this, I kept thinking about how nothing was actually happening. Ill definitely pick up Asebados next novel though. 3.5 stars. I loved the writing style and fabulist elements, and the focus on friendship. But I just can’t overlook the fact that while I was reading this, I kept thinking about how nothing was actually happening. I’ll definitely pick up Asebado’s next novel though.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    But this is one thing I will wish with my dying breath upon all the daughters of Cottonwood Hollow who follow mine: May they depend on each other; protect each other no matter what the cost May they be blessed with the strength to survive here. This wasnt really what I was expecting and I dont love it as much as I thought I would, but it was still an enjoyable read. TheDeepest Roots follows best friends Rome, Lux, and Mercy - three girls born in Cottonwood Hollow, a town where every girl is “But this is one thing I will wish with my dying breath upon all the daughters of Cottonwood Hollow who follow mine: May they depend on each other; protect each other no matter what the cost… May they be blessed with the strength to survive here.” This wasn’t really what I was expecting and I don’t love it as much as I thought I would, but it was still an enjoyable read. TheDeepest Roots follows best friends Rome, Lux, and Mercy - three girls born in Cottonwood Hollow, a town where every girl is born with a gift or curse depending on who you ask. The Deepest Roots is really a story about the struggles of life, and power found in friendships and trust. Things I Liked I loved so many of the relationships in the story. The friendship between Rome, Lux, and Mercy was amazing. It was flawed, real, and powerful. Rome and Jett have the most adorable romance - it was swoon worthy. I thought Red was the best pseudo-dad ever and his mentorship/relationship with Rome was heartwarming. Lux's and her girlfriend Morgan are super sweet and adorable. There's just so many people to love. Things I Didn’t Like The story felt less magical realism and way more paranormal,(view spoiler)[ especially with Emmeline Remington’s ghost showing up (hide spoiler)] . The story didn’t have the whimsy or magical feeling that a magical realism story has. The treasure hunt plot just was not expected and felt just weird. I would have loved to have 3 POVs - one for Rome, Lux, and Mercy. I feel like this was really Rome’s story with Lux and Mercy in supporting roles. (I feel like I barely got to know Mercy at all). The multi povs would have expanded the story and really showcased each one’s struggles and growth and developed their relationship even further. I loved the premise of The Deepest Roots and I will always pick up a story focused on friendship, so I would have loved for this to be a new favorite, unfortunately it’s not. I did enjoy the relationships in the story, and since that is a main focus, I still had a good time with the book. This was such a quick read, I read it in less than a day, so it was definitely a book I didn’t want to put down, but I didn’t feel an attachment to it. Or at least not to the parts of the story I was initially drawn too. If you enjoy friendship stories you won’t want to miss this one. Trigger warnings for child abuse and mentions of sexual assault I received a copy of the book from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Karima chermiti

    While I was reading the book I felt like I wasnt getting a lot of things out of it but once I finished it and looked back at the whole story, I discovered that I liked it way more than I thought I did which was so surprising for me for I hadnt felt that change in my feelings towards it until the very end. The deepest roots is labeled as YA magical realism but for me I couldnt feel the magical realism elements through the story, it was more of a contemporary book with supernatural elements and I While I was reading the book I felt like I wasn’t getting a lot of things out of it but once I finished it and looked back at the whole story, I discovered that I liked it way more than I thought I did which was so surprising for me for I hadn’t felt that change in my feelings towards it until the very end. The deepest roots is labeled as YA magical realism but for me I couldn’t feel the magical realism elements through the story, it was more of a contemporary book with supernatural elements and I guess that messed a little bit with me cause I kept searching for some of that genre signs and I couldn’t find them and it kind of took away from my enjoyment a little bit. But again, that didn’t turn out such a big deal for me as I gave the book 4 stars rating. The three of us have always been friends. Lux’s and Mercy’s faces are as familiar to me as my own, every expression a story written in a language that only we three can understand. The book takes place in Cottonwood Hollow, a place where girls are born with special talents and it follows the story of three best friends; Lux, Mercy and Rome who have talents that defined them in the eyes of their people and those who don’t really know them also. As Rome stumble on an old secret, everything they believed in will change and the girls will have to face the secrets they’re been hiding from each other and learn how having each other is what they need when danger comes knocking on their door. Let me just start by talking about the two things that did bother me a little bit with this book and leave the good bits for later. I didn’t like how it took more than 70% of the book for the story to get going. I understand that this is a character driven book but I don’t know why these books tend to have no clear direction till the last chapters. I get that authors wants to focus more on characters development, their journeys and their dynamics but can’t they do that within a well paced and defined plot. Is it really that hard to write a character driven book with a plot that progresses and develops. I also didn’t like how the author incorporated the supernatural elements in the story, I don’t think it was done well and it felt like a convenient plot tool to get characters out of every dangerous situation they find themselves in. our characters are in danger, something supernatural happens and they’re saved. This story could’ve been stronger if it was just a contemporary book about three friends who are learning how to be themselves without being disloyal to each other and I guess the deepest roots is about that but I felt like the focus was somehow shifting from one genre to another without blending them together in a satisfying way. And now let’s move on to the things that I really loved about the book. First of all, I loved the setting of the book, it felt like another character in the story and I loved how it was important in the story and to the characters. I also loved the writing style so much, it felt so hypnotic and soothing at times, painful and hard hitting at others like the author knew how to adapt her words to every different situation. Other authors don’t know how to do that and it feels like they write everything in the same exact way but this author made me feel like she was digging deep into her characters and their stories and knew how to translate all that very well into words. The deepest roots has an impressive cast of characters and that blow my mind. The characters are all different and they have their unique story and voice that makes them so real and easy to connect with. I loved the majority of the characters and I was rooting for them to get everything they want and to have the lives they deserve. Even the secondary characters were great and contributed to the story in ways that warmed my heart. Through them, you get to witness how kindness can be very healing and how it’s critical to us to surround ourselves with people who care about us in a genuine selfless way. Nobody messes with the girls from Cottonwood Hollow. But the best thing about the deepest roots is how the book portrayed the female friendship in its all complicated forms. The relationship between the three main characters is complex, layered and cemented deep into them, it become a defining part of who they are as individuals. And yet they have these parts that they hid because they’re vulnerable and doubtful that maybe they won’t be understood. So when they go through this journey of embracing who they are as girls and as friends and how they learn step by step to believe that their bond is more powerful than secrets, problems and differences, it feels so empowering and so beautiful. If you’re looking for a story about the beauty of friendship, look no further than this book. We were more than girls from Cottonwood Hollow. We were blood sisters. Sworn to never turn away from each other. Sworn to never keep secrets. The author take on abuse, poverty, struggling to make ends meet was also done very well and it didn’t feel forced or manipulative. The way she explored the different kind of behaviors that makes girls feel uncomfortable in their own skin and how she did it with an absolute transparency gave the book another layer, especially when those behaviors were exposed and challenged every step of the way. I really think this is a book that anyone should read. Even though the story is slow to build towards its own climax, the journey was definitely worth it. I mean getting to meet these remarkable memorable characters can never be a bad thing. I also think if you’re intimidated by the magical realism or the supernatural genre, give this one a go, it’s a nice place to start cause you’ll feel like you’re just dipping your toes in to see if they’re genres that you could enjoy. Totally recommend this one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 4.5 Stars In a town where every woman had a "talent", Rome was a Fixer. A cracked screen, a loose wire, a rusty hinge - she Fixed them with very little effort, but when her home life began to crumble and her friendships started to crack under the weight of secrets, she found herself in a situation beyond her Fixing. I'm supposed to be a Fixer, but it seems like everything I touch lately breaks to pieces. Pro: The central theme of this story was friendship, and what a wonderful one it was. Rating: 4.5 Stars In a town where every woman had a "talent", Rome was a Fixer. A cracked screen, a loose wire, a rusty hinge - she Fixed them with very little effort, but when her home life began to crumble and her friendships started to crack under the weight of secrets, she found herself in a situation beyond her Fixing. I'm supposed to be a Fixer, but it seems like everything I touch lately breaks to pieces. • Pro: The central theme of this story was friendship, and what a wonderful one it was. Mercy, Lux, and Rome may have come from very different circumstances, but they enjoyed a life long friendship. They had their ups and downs, but knew their strength was the power they had together. • Pro: The "talents" were such an interesting touch. Though many were mentioned in passing, I enjoyed learning about them all. I found Mercy's to be really interesting, and loved the idea of it. It was great slowly uncovering the origin and the purpose of these talents, as well as how they were both a gift and a curse. These magical elements were woven quite well into a story filled with real problems, and did not detract from those issues. • Pro: Asebedo put together a great supporting cast our trio, and my favorite was Red. That grumpy mechanic won my heart with all the little ways he showed Rome he cared. He stood out as a positive male character in a book riddled with toxic males, and I just adored him. • Pro: The romance was adorable. Jett was so sweet, kind, and generous. His patience with Rome set him in a sort of sainthood category, if you ask me, but it was more of what his friendship allowed Rome to learn about herself that I appreciated. He was part of her catalyst for change, and definitely a really fun part of this story. • Pro: Though the story highlights Mercy, Lux, and Rome, this was Rome's story. It was told from her point of view, and followed her through her struggles. It was difficult for her to see that sharing her burdens and accepting help was not a sign of weakness. She experienced tremendous growth over the course of this story, and it was fantastic seeing so many of the relationships in her life flourish as a result of these changes. • Pro: The diary and the search for the Remington treasure added a little mystery to the story, and I was rather surprised at what they found. It was really touching and drove home a big point Asebedo was trying to make about women supporting women. Overall: A wonderful and intriguing story of friendship made even better with a touch of mystery, romance, and magic. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Brunson

    This book had been sitting on my shelf for quite a while and I cant understand why. I didnt really know what to expect when going into this except magical realism. What I was left with was a great book about friendship and secrets of a small town. This book surrounds three best friends and a town full of special girls and women. See, every girl who is born is Cottonwood Hollow has a special talent. I was living for this aspect of the book friends. Seeing everyones talent being used in their This book had been sitting on my shelf for quite a while and I can’t understand why. I didn’t really know what to expect when going into this except magical realism. What I was left with was a great book about friendship and secrets of a small town. This book surrounds three best friends and a town full of special girls and women. See, every girl who is born is Cottonwood Hollow has a special talent. I was living for this aspect of the book friends. Seeing everyone’s talent being used in their everyday life was so interesting and really brought something to this story. “We are bound to each other, perhaps not by our brightest moments, but by our darkest.” The best part of this book for me was the friendship between Rome, Lux, and Mercy. It was so honest and real. Real friendships aren’t perfect. You are going to have fights and hide the bad parts from the people you care about. I really enjoyed all of our characters in different ways. They were each other's strengths and never failed to try and be there for another. This book does have a bit of a dark undertone to it, so make sure you read the trigger warnings and keep them in mind. We do have some gross comments from older men to teenage girls, physical abuse, and attempted sexual assault. All in all, I really enjoyed this debut and I’m excited to read the companion novel that comes out soon! TW: sexual assault & physical abuse Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    THIS BOOK WAS SOOOO GOOD!!!! Miranda writes beautifully! And I felt so connected to these girls and this town. As a fellow Kansas girl, I may be a bit biased, but Miranda rocked it. From the very first page I was pulled in and captivated by the characters and the setting and the mystery of it. I LOVED the aspect that the girls were "cursed" with different talents. I LOVED all of their names. Rome, Mercy, and Lux. Freaking perfection. The things these girls went through. They were all so relate-able THIS BOOK WAS SOOOO GOOD!!!! Miranda writes beautifully! And I felt so connected to these girls and this town. As a fellow Kansas girl, I may be a bit biased, but Miranda rocked it. From the very first page I was pulled in and captivated by the characters and the setting and the mystery of it. I LOVED the aspect that the girls were "cursed" with different talents. I LOVED all of their names. Rome, Mercy, and Lux. Freaking perfection. The things these girls went through. They were all so relate-able and REAL. I seriously loved these girls. Their bond was so fierce and unconditional. There were touches of magic in this book, yes, but nothing was unbelievable. I seriously just fell into this book and adored every word of it. There was heartache, life struggles, love, friendship, sorrow, rage, hurt, shame....these are all emotions we have to deal with on a daily basis. Rome is the Fixer. And she's perfect (in my eyes). I feel like she is so strong and I just wanted to hug her and tear her walls down. Mercy always has Enough. And she is perfect for her gift. She is so incredibly kind and generous. She's the sweet, fierce, loving friend that everyone needs. Lux is the Siren. She truly feels like her talent is a curse, and you totally understand why as you unravel her story. I love the mysterious elements of the story. There was some spooky moments, some very magical moments, and some very tragic moments. I got teary eyed more than once, and I just know whoever reads this will instantly want more of this story. I can't say enough wonderful things about this book! I adore it!!!!!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Patty (IheartYA)

    This was great. Written well. Unique story that moved at a good pace. If you like YA put this on your list.

  14. 4 out of 5

    theresa

    i am a sucker for magical realism,strong friendships and mysterious little towns in the middle of nowhere so this was more than perfect!✨

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lauren ✨ (YABookers)

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes. "We were more than girls from Cottonwood Hollow. We were blood sisters. Sworn to never turn away from each other." Everyone knows that Cottonwood Hollow is a strange place. The girls even stranger. For the past century, the girls born in Cottonwood Hollow are born with a special gift to Heal, to Fix, to Find. Rome, Lux, and Mercy are best friends, and they all have their own gift, but for them, it often feels like a curse. The Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes. "We were more than girls from Cottonwood Hollow. We were blood sisters. Sworn to never turn away from each other." Everyone knows that Cottonwood Hollow is a strange place. The girls even stranger. For the past century, the girls born in Cottonwood Hollow are born with a special gift – to Heal, to Fix, to Find. Rome, Lux, and Mercy are best friends, and they all have their own gift, but for them, it often feels like a curse. The ability to Fix won't help Rome's mother pay the rent, or help her confide in her friends. Rome isn't the only one keeping a secret though, and as the girls' friendship is tested, they discover the truth about their small town and their gifts, as well as the power of friendship. THE DEEPEST ROOTS is a touching story about the bonds of friends, with just a hint of magic. It is definitely more character driven and that's not a bad thing because the characters are fleshed-out and easy to relate to. It's about their journey as friends, as girls from Cottonwood Hollow, and overcoming hardship, together. I really enjoyed Rome as the main character – yes, she was stubborn at times and definitely closed off emotionally, but she was dedicated to and loved her family and friends. I adored the friendship between the three girls. It was messy but realistic. There is a touch of magic and mystery too, but it's subtle and though it's kind of like a treasure hunt, it's more about the journey than the treasure. THE DEEPEST ROOTS is about the power of friendship, sisterhood, and overcoming hardship. I would definitely recommend if you're a fan of friendship orientated stories, magic, ghosts, and mysteries, but also books where it's the journey that matters, not the destination.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Edelweiss *Genre* Young Adult / Magical Realism *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* The Deepest Roots is the debut novel by author Miranda Asebedo. Miranda has come up with a fascinating world that is just slightly different from our own. Readers will be intrigued by the wide variety of different curses, how each curse works, and how each character interacts with her own curse in particular. While the contemporary elements of this novel are strong, the magical twist really makes The Deepest Roots stand *Source* Edelweiss *Genre* Young Adult / Magical Realism *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* The Deepest Roots is the debut novel by author Miranda Asebedo. Miranda has come up with a fascinating world that is just slightly different from our own. Readers will be intrigued by the wide variety of different “curses,” how each curse works, and how each character interacts with her own curse in particular. While the contemporary elements of this novel are strong, the magical twist really makes The Deepest Roots stand out and will set it apart from other books in the contemporary space. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...

  17. 4 out of 5

    ✨Jordan✨

    What a beautiful book. The girls of Cottonwood Hollow all have secrets. They are all born with gifts such as fixing anything, being strong, finding lost things, or simply having the power to enchant men. 3 best friends , ALL hiding their own secrets from each other. There is Rome, her and her mom are poor and struggling to pay the rent and eat. Mercy, whos life seems perfect in every aspect but being perfect isnt what it always seems. Finally there is Lux, beautiful and fun...with something more What a beautiful book. The girls of Cottonwood Hollow all have secrets. They are all born with gifts such as fixing anything, being strong, finding lost things, or simply having the power to enchant men. 3 best friends , ALL hiding their own secrets from each other. There is Rome, her and her mom are poor and struggling to pay the rent and eat. Mercy, who’s life seems perfect in every aspect but being perfect isn’t what it always seems. Finally there is Lux, beautiful and fun...with something more sinister going on at home that she is too ashamed to come forth about. Can these girls start telling their truths and forever remain best friends?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    3.5 stars! While I wasnt initially sure about this book (the initial half had a mix of all these elements that I wasnt sure would come together), I ended up liking the way it portrayed the ups and downs of life and friendship, with a bonus set of unusual circumstances. 3.5 stars! While I wasn’t initially sure about this book (the initial half had a mix of all these elements that I wasn’t sure would come together), I ended up liking the way it portrayed the ups and downs of life and friendship, with a bonus set of unusual circumstances.

  19. 5 out of 5

    prag ♻

    idk what this is but the cover is the prettiest thing i've seen all year

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Henning

    I absolutely loved this story centering on complex female friendship in a rural Kansas setting. This was basically what you'd get if Nancy Pickard wrote YA with magical realism and I am HERE FOR IT.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Xiomy's Book Tales

    Rating 4.5 Honestly The Deepest Roots was a surprise read and having this book as my first contemporary of the year was one of the best decision I made. A well-written story that I just could not put down, the pace keeps you intrigued with the events and details that are quite fascinating. A story that I resonated with because I felt represented in both Mercy and Rome. They both have traits that I deeply represent myself with and struggles/obstacles I can understand firsthand. The adversity Rome Rating 4.5 Honestly The Deepest Roots was a surprise read and having this book as my first contemporary of the year was one of the best decision I made. A well-written story that I just could not put down, the pace keeps you intrigued with the events and details that are quite fascinating. A story that I resonated with because I felt represented in both Mercy and Rome. They both have traits that I deeply represent myself with and struggles/obstacles I can understand firsthand. The adversity Rome and her mother experienced are ones I can relate too and the struggles of living in poverty. I feel like this book hit close to home and it made me love it even more. I felt the girls’ pain and at times I wanted to jump into the book and smack a few people around. While I love the girl’s friendship and everything, they were willing to do for one another, I must compliment the author for including their hardships and disagreements. That even though they thought they were doing the right thing the secrets they were keeping were eating them up. With the characters I can say that they felt relatable and the talents of each girl was an interesting twist to the story. Rome is a badass with zero filter and this does come to bite her a few times, but she is smart enough to know when she has put her foot in her mouth. Mercy is such a sweet and strong character who loves to be a good Samaritan but has her strong side as well. Lux is a bit of a wild card while I enjoy her love and strength, at times she rubbed me the wrong way. With Lux it had more to do with how I visualize a mother should be like instead of Lux per se, although she did say some mean things. Red and Jett were also two favorites because they showed Rome that not all is at it seems and sometimes people can surprise you and I just appreciated how positive and protective they were. Stella was not the best at being a mother, but she was fierce and tried to be better with the mistakes she has made, and I really loved her for it. Overall The Deepest Roots was such a great read and I highly recommend it if you want to read a contemporary with a slight urban fantasy touch to it. How the girls have these special talents (magical abilities) that either benefit or are a misfortune to them. There is also a paranormal touch to it since there is a mysterious ghost that has "cursed" the Cottonwood Hollow girls. But above all you get to follow three lovely girls’ journey as they discover that their friendship/ sisterly bond is stronger than anything they can confront. Reason I took off half a star is because I couldn't quite make a mental image of these characters especially Rome, I had Mercy and Lux's description but I felt that this could have been better handled.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kendra Ayers

    Instead of offering a summary of the book, like many reviews do, I am just going to dive right in to the strengths of this novel. YA can be tricky to envision when you are an adult reading it, and writing it can be even trickier. The voice(s) of teens are ever changing and it is important to capture and execute this authentically. (i.e., language, relationship issues, life and family issues, sarcasm, whit, snarky humor) Luckily for anyone who decides to read this book, you will not only believe Instead of offering a summary of the book, like many reviews do, I am just going to dive right in to the strengths of this novel. YA can be tricky to envision when you are an adult reading it, and writing it can be even trickier. The voice(s) of teens are ever changing and it is important to capture and execute this authentically. (i.e., language, relationship issues, life and family issues, sarcasm, whit, snarky humor) Luckily for anyone who decides to read this book, you will not only believe in the teenage voice but you might feel like you are back in your teens again. I grew up in a small farming community outside of our state’s capital. I walked a quarter of a mile to my grandma’s house and equal distances to my neighborhood friends’ homes. I knew what it was like to live by a pond, a cow pasture, and have corn and wheat growing down the road from us. I also knew what it was like to have a nice home on one side of me and a run down trailer on the other side. That’s called country living. When I started reading all about Rome and her life in Cottonwood Hollow, I felt like I was taking a chapter out of my own childhood. Miranda also nails the scenery in this book, and I could tell that she knew all about country living. I also loved the mystery behind the girls of Cottonwood Hollow. Bringing in a historical storyline with a curse (talent) on all of the girls in the town made it so much fun to try to solve the mystery. The ghost in the story, the curse, the way the story ends, is all quite believable. (I even enjoyed the parts about Rome’s car!) I felt that Miranda touched on some serious issues that are difficult to write and read about. Even though some of these issues weren’t resolved in the book, you felt like the characters had hope because of the strength in their friendship and support as a community. I appreciated that she didn’t shy away from these issues and teens who might read this book will see that people do care and situations can have light at the end of the tunnel. It is never too late or too far gone to make things better again. (The ending made me cry!) I look forward to reading more from Miranda Asebedo and appreciate that I was able to read an ARC before this debut release. *My favorite part of the book: I loved the friendship between the three girls. I grew up and still have the same three best friends and I know all too well how we share secrets, support each other in the good and the bad, and how nothing will every separate us from the bond we created so many years ago. *My least favorite part of the book: The language. I will always respect an author’s way of telling their story and this did not deter me from reading this book. I simply prefer little to no (swear words) when reading.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rena

    #Deweysreadathon Book 1: Despite its convenient plot twists, I enjoyed The Deepest Roots, mostly because of the relationship between Rome, Lux and Mercy. 💜 3.5 stars

  24. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    *Thanks so much to Edelweiss and the publisher for the review copy.* This was such a cool combination of paranormal, mystery and contemporary. I just loved it. I loved the idea of the daughters of Cottonwood Hollow all having a talent and the mystery was very well written. But my fave part was the friendship between the three girls. It wasnt always easy and at times was very messy but it was always there. A very realistic portrayal of teen friendship. *Thanks so much to Edelweiss and the publisher for the review copy.* This was such a cool combination of paranormal, mystery and contemporary. I just loved it. I loved the idea of the daughters of Cottonwood Hollow all having a talent and the mystery was very well written. But my fave part was the friendship between the three girls. It wasn’t always easy and at times was very messy but it was always there. A very realistic portrayal of teen friendship.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lex

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Okaaaay. So I took a long time finishing this ARC because it's a bit uneventful. Don't get me wrong, the premise is way good. The idea that there are talents is really appealing for me. Especially being a Fixer. It's really a cool idea. But the reason why this is not a five stars rating was that the dialogues. It's not that engaging. A bit bland, I suppose. Maybe because I was so used with MC that are way too sarcastic ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Okaaaay. So I took a long time finishing this ARC because it's a bit uneventful. Don't get me wrong, the premise is way good. The idea that there are talents is really appealing for me. Especially being a Fixer. It's really a cool idea. But the reason why this is not a five stars rating was that the dialogues. It's not that engaging. A bit bland, I suppose. Maybe because I was so used with MC that are way too sarcastic for their own good. Way too flippant. And maybe I'm looking for a bit of an action of sorts? But yes! Definitely a good read! It gets better after about 30%? Or was it just me? lol. In any case, this is really a great read, overall.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Bestwick

    The Deepest Roots is a magical story about tight friendships. I can relate a lot to this book, not only because I have grown up in a town in Kansas much like Cottonwood Hollow, but also because I feel like my close friendships really helped shape me as a person when I was in high school. It's very easy for a reader to feel a kinship to any of the characters, and see themselves in one of them, or even all of them. Rome's snark reminds me of my own, and I appreciate her motivation to work hard. The Deepest Roots is a magical story about tight friendships. I can relate a lot to this book, not only because I have grown up in a town in Kansas much like Cottonwood Hollow, but also because I feel like my close friendships really helped shape me as a person when I was in high school. It's very easy for a reader to feel a kinship to any of the characters, and see themselves in one of them, or even all of them. Rome's snark reminds me of my own, and I appreciate her motivation to work hard. It's a breath of fresh air to read a story about someone who doesn't have everything handed to them easily, and works a hard job outside of school. I think this is an excellent read for anyone looking for a bit of magic in their every day lives.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (Bookbookowl)

    The girls of Cottonwood Hollow are all born with different abilities that go far beyond normal, and often mark them as 'freaks' to the higher class kids from the neighbouring town.  Rome (a Fixer who can mend anything that's broken, but is living a life of constant financial stress with her mother), Mercy (an Enough, who will always find she has exactly enough of anything she needs) and Lux (a Siren who can entice men to do anything she wants with just a smile), are best friends who all see The girls of Cottonwood Hollow are all born with different abilities that go far beyond normal, and often mark them as 'freaks' to the higher class kids from the neighbouring town.  Rome (a Fixer who can mend anything that's broken, but is living a life of constant financial stress with her mother), Mercy (an Enough, who will always find she has exactly enough of anything she needs) and Lux (a Siren who can entice men to do anything she wants with just a smile), are best friends who all see their talents as a curse.  As they try to navigate their way through life, and the secrets they feel they have to keep from each other, they discover a big secret about their town, and the curse itself.  As they work together to unravel the town's secret, their own secrets start to come tumbling down around them. I really enjoyed this book.  The friendships were complicated but fierce and wonderful.  The struggles the girls faced were real.  There was a bit of humour, a splash of romance and even a few spooky parts to the story.  I did struggle to see how the 'talents' were much of a curse, save for the problems they caused Lux.  How can you think being able to fix anything, find anything or always have enough of what you need is a curse?  I'd be more than fine with any of those abilities haha.   But that aside, the story was engaging and had my heart racing in the last third of the book.  I couldn't put it down, especially towards the end (which resulted in a much later night than I intended last night!) MY BLOG ~ INSTAGRAM

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alex (PaperbackPiano)

    I genuinely enjoyed this one so much! The Deepest Roots has one of the most intriguing openings Ive ever read and I found myself drawn in very quickly. The authors writing style has a lovely flow to it, making this an extremely easy book to read. Before I knew it, I was 100 pages in. And this readability continued for the duration of the book. One of my favourite aspects of The Deepest Roots was its setting. I could picture Cottonwood Hollow so vividly, with its tree-lined streets and wide open I genuinely enjoyed this one so much! The Deepest Roots has one of the most intriguing openings I’ve ever read and I found myself drawn in very quickly. The author’s writing style has a lovely flow to it, making this an extremely easy book to read. Before I knew it, I was 100 pages in. And this readability continued for the duration of the book. One of my favourite aspects of The Deepest Roots was its setting. I could picture Cottonwood Hollow so vividly, with its tree-lined streets and wide open fields. It felt very unique and brimming with atmosphere. The character descriptions were somewhat less vivid. There were times when I had trouble picturing Rome, Lux and Mercy because their appearance was rarely stated outright. And when it was, it didn’t match what I had been visualising! In a way, they almost seemed to merge together a little in my head in terms of what they looked like. However, given the themes of friendship and sisterhood that were so prominent throughout the book, it kind of worked that I couldn’t separate the three girls in my mind? I also enjoyed the romance in this book. I’ve said before that I sometimes find the incessant need for romantic pairings in YA books a little tedious, but this is one ship that I am firmly behind. Jett was definite book boyfriend material and I really liked the development of the relationship between him and Rome. Their banter was superbly written and felt natural, and I appreciated that it took them a while to become a couple rather than the typical insta-love! Finally, I thought the magical aspects of the book were really well done. It was a subtle magic, so I think this book would be a good starting point for anyone wary of magical realism. I loved that the Cottonwood Hollow girls all had different Talents and I thought the author explored these really well, making me feel invested in each individual storyline as well as the overarching plot. Overall, this was a fantastic debut that I would definitely recommend! I look forward to seeing what this author does next.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lillie Lainoff

    *Won ARC from Pop Goes the Reader* Reading this book felt like coming home. Tulsa, OK (where half my family's from) and Cottonwood Hollow, KS are not the same place. But they still have a similar, distinct feeling one defined by the dry ground under your feet and the vast sky overhead and knowing that at any moment, everything can be torn to shreds around you. From the very first page describing Rome (the MC) seeking shelter from a tornado, the author had me hooked. And it only got better from *Won ARC from Pop Goes the Reader* Reading this book felt like coming home. Tulsa, OK (where half my family's from) and Cottonwood Hollow, KS are not the same place. But they still have a similar, distinct feeling – one defined by the dry ground under your feet and the vast sky overhead and knowing that at any moment, everything can be torn to shreds around you. From the very first page describing Rome (the MC) seeking shelter from a tornado, the author had me hooked. And it only got better from there. The Deepest Roots is an ode to strong friendships between young women, something that, at least in my opinion, there isn't enough of in YA. Rome, Lux, and Mercy navigate the difficulties of going to school in the next town over (which is nothing like CH, both in its residents' wealth and the fact that its girls aren't born with a special talent) as well as their own personal struggles, while lifting each other up and supporting one another. Rome is a fantastic and flawed MC. She is strong, snarky, and speaks her mind. (Also, I can't remember ever reading a YA book where the MC is a girl who loves cars until TDR???) She loves ferociously – especially when it comes to protecting the people she cares about. This ferocious love sets off a chain of events that readers won't be able to see coming and will leave them eagerly hurrying to finish each page.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paulina (aspiringliterati)

    Ah goooosh, could we possibly get like a sequel? I want more! (REALLY strong 4 stars, in fact.... 4.5 is more accurate, I think) The Deepest Roots is a debut novel and follows three (I want to say 16 yr olds but Im not sure if thats true) young women who all have special talents. Rome, our main, is a Fixer so any object she touches, she can fix with the sheer power of her will. Lux is a Siren and considers her talent of persuasion to be a curse rather than a gift. Mercy is an Enough which means Ah goooosh, could we possibly get like a sequel? I want more! (REALLY strong 4 stars, in fact.... 4.5 is more accurate, I think) “The Deepest Roots” is a debut novel and follows three (I want to say 16 yr olds but I’m not sure if that’s true) young women who all have special talents. Rome, our main, is a Fixer so any object she touches, she can fix with the sheer power of her will. Lux is a Siren and considers her talent of persuasion to be a curse rather than a gift. Mercy is an Enough which means that you can never run out of essentials or whatever you need, if she’s around. Our girls aren’t the only ones. In fact, the entire female population of Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas is gifted with the aforementioned or other talents; and usually these things make their lives easier or more manageable but not everyone sees them this way. Often, they are cause for a lot of the neighboring town’s residents to call Cottonwood Hollow women freaks as the good ol’ “we fear what we do not know” truth is alive and well in their narrow minds. All three girls struggle with something in their lives. Rome fixes objects but can’t fix the fact she and her mom are living in a trailer barely scraping by. Lux has a secret she finds unbearable. Mercy, whose life is the most perfect of the trio, even if an amazing friend, can’t get her friends to confide in her. What initially sold this novel to me was the label “magical realism”. Believe me, be that a movie or a book, for me it is the ultimate magnet. In this case it was a gift that kept on giving as none of the magic related things disappointed, more than that: I couldn’t have imagined this story to be any better than it was. The origin of the “gifts” of the women of Cottonwood Hollow is obscure. Supposedly a grief stricken heiress many decades ago unleashed them on the town at the time of her death and thus they have prevailed. The fact we don’t know where they came from exactly is fine though. Magical realism doesn’t need much explanation… it just is, an interwoven part of an every day life. When a tornado hits the town and upends the known routine of our heroines as they find a box of letters from the late heiress and within them a promise of a treasure that could possibly end their troubles, that bit of magic they unwillingly possess and a whole lotta wit and cunning are needed to beat the odds, claim the prize and change their lives forever. I loved the writing of this novel. It didn’t read as someone’s debut; it was fresh but also just very well structured, very well written, it felt real to me as if described situations were drawn from experience or I don’t know, maybe just that well researched. Bonds of sisterhood were what made that book. It wasn’t the romance (although, somewhat present in “The Deepest Roots”) but how the girls learned to trust each other with their problems and insecurities and how because of that lives were changed. Their talents, once considered curses more than anything else, slowly became gifts. That sprinkle of practical magic made things more colorful for me as a reader but it wasn’t the tale’s most important point. The characters were well fleshed out and extremely relatable, both in mishaps that have befallen them and their reactions to some of the problems they faced. I really appreciated how realistic it was in that particular regard. As a contemporary YA enthusiast I would say this is a really strong addition to this vast genre and it shouldn’t be overlooked. Certainly won’t be forgotten by me! **massive thank you to the publishers at HarperTeen and Edelweiss for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**

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