The Deepest Roots
Contemporary with the slightest twist of magic, this stunning debut YA novel is a fresh and heartwarming story about the power of friendship.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.

The Deepest Roots Details

TitleThe Deepest Roots
Author
ReleaseSep 18th, 2018
PublisherHarperTeen
ISBN-139780062747075
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism

The Deepest Roots Review

  • Hamad
    January 1, 1970
    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book PrescriptionARC 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 buil This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book PrescriptionARC 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!
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  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    January 1, 1970
    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 prid 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, mysteryCon: friendship and hardship are lengthy to readI 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
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  • K.A.
    January 1, 1970
    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 strug 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!
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  • Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Sabrina The Trash Queen
    January 1, 1970
    ——————————————————————————— Thank you Edelweiss and the publisher for a ARC of this book.
  • Kendra Ayers
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Colleen
    January 1, 1970
    *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.
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  • no
    January 1, 1970
    idk what this is but the cover is the prettiest thing i've seen all year
  • Alexis Bestwick
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Lex
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Lillie Lainoff
    January 1, 1970
    *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.
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  • Sheila {ShesGoingBookCrazy.com}
    January 1, 1970
  • Paulina (aspiringliterati)
    January 1, 1970
    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 mean 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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  • Paige Green
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this book for free via KidLitExchange. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Rating: 5/5Genre: YA FantasyRecommended Age: 15+ (abuse, sexual assault, slight gore, some violence, the belief that together women can do anything)Pages: 320Author WebsiteAmazon LinkSynopsis: ontemporary with the slightest twist of magic, this stunning debut YA novel is a fresh and heartwarming story about the power of friendship.Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas, is a strange place. For the past century, ever Disclaimer: I received this book for free via KidLitExchange. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Rating: 5/5Genre: YA FantasyRecommended Age: 15+ (abuse, sexual assault, slight gore, some violence, the belief that together women can do anything)Pages: 320Author WebsiteAmazon LinkSynopsis: ontemporary with the slightest twist of magic, this stunning debut YA novel is a fresh and heartwarming story about the power of friendship.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.I think I have found the feminist book that I have been waiting for this year (aside from Rule because that was AWESOME! But this is on the same level!). I absolutely loved this book. I thought the concept of the magic was intriguing and unique. I thought the characters were all complex and wonderfully developed. I thought the plot was strong and the pacing was consistent. Basically I think this book is one of my 2018 faves! I really loved how the book was a lowkey feminist novel and I love that the book focused so much on the main characters friendship with her two best friends. I also love that the book passed the Bechdel Test with flying colors and that very little of the book focused on the romantic relationships the girls had.The only thing I can say negative about this book is that I really wanted to see more of the powers mentioned in it. I think there could easily be a side novel made focusing on some other characters from this book or even a sequel.Verdict: Buy this book September 18th!
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  • Julia Rubin
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely phenomenal. A gorgeous debut about sisterhood and the roots that bond them together. Oh, there’s magical realism/paranormal elements too!
  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so beautifully written that I want to reread it again and again because I fell in love. “The Deepest Roots” follows three young women all struggling with something in their lives but tied together through the bonds of friendship and sisterhood. Lux, Macey and Rome all live in Cottonwood Hollow a place where over generations daughters have been cursed with certain talents that manage to upend their lives along with the more mundane problems of small town living when a tornado brings This book was so beautifully written that I want to reread it again and again because I fell in love. “The Deepest Roots” follows three young women all struggling with something in their lives but tied together through the bonds of friendship and sisterhood. Lux, Macey and Rome all live in Cottonwood Hollow a place where over generations daughters have been cursed with certain talents that manage to upend their lives along with the more mundane problems of small town living when a tornado brings to the surface a chest that contains the secrets of the woman who unleashed the curse and the suggestion of a treasure that can change all of their lives and over the course of their search the girls must work together to overcome obstacles and secrets better left buried in order to make their wildest dreams come true. There’s so much here I loved but I have to start with the trio of heroines we have in this novel they are all so real and witty and layered that it was a joy to see their friendship over the course of the book. Their moments of strain had me identifying with all three characters trying their best to handle a situation that they never should have to deal with in the first place where they will stop at nothing to make sure the other is taken care of and protected even if it means breaking promises and how they worked through that was really powerful because at the end of the day this is a story about sisterhood and the trials women go through on a daily basis and how they get up every day and do the best the can no matter what. The magic element was really interesting but to me it played a larger role for two out of the three girls which was fine especially when they were trying to change the status of their talents from curses to gifts. I really enjoy the bits of Practical Magic type mythology here too because it really has a way of connecting generations of characters many of whom we never name simply because of this common thread they all share. This was one of the few contemporary novels that I didn’t role my eyes at because though there is romance the biggest love story here belongs to these three girls and that’s what I’m taking away from this book. **special thanks to the publishers and edelweiss for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review!**
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  • Ilena
    January 1, 1970
    Oh wow, how I adored this debut novel! I can't gush enough about this magical realism/contemporary/slightly paranormal read where all my senses were completely immersed as I read about these girls from Cottonwood Hollow: mainly, Rome, Lux, and Mercy. It's been a while since I've read a YA novel like this one - seemingly quiet but its got a huge heart and the winning factor is definitely the focus on female friendships.Right off the bat, there is so much worldbuilding, which is a feat even for co Oh wow, how I adored this debut novel! I can't gush enough about this magical realism/contemporary/slightly paranormal read where all my senses were completely immersed as I read about these girls from Cottonwood Hollow: mainly, Rome, Lux, and Mercy. It's been a while since I've read a YA novel like this one - seemingly quiet but its got a huge heart and the winning factor is definitely the focus on female friendships.Right off the bat, there is so much worldbuilding, which is a feat even for contemporary novels. The town of Cottonwood Hollow is different in that every girl and woman in the town is born with particular gifts. And because of this, the town has had its fair share of criticism, hardships, and complicated history.The story is told from the point of view of Rome, who happens to be a Fixer. She can fix things and this has served her both positively and negatively. In my humble opinion, I believe the point of the story is really finding out how these gifts help shape her and her friends' identities and of the town, really. Lux and Mercy, her best friends, also have their particular talents and they've known each other for so long that they are all practically sisters. The beginning of the story starts with a bit of mystery and the uncovering of the mystery lends itself to the absolutely beautiful and authentic character development of each of them and the dynamic between the three.And Rome! I just love her. She's strong and fierce and although she's had a rough life, she stands by who she is and what she believes in. Not often do you have a female main character who is a mechanic! By the end of the story, I just wanted to give her and her friends a big hug. That's what really stood out to me the most. Asebedo's writing style is smooth and so skilled that I was able to suspend my disbelief concerning all the characters in the book, the town, and the friendships because it all felt so REAL.I finished it in less than 24 hours, it's that good. I look forward to reading everything else Ms. Asebedo writes because I'm a fan for life! Make sure to pick this one up when it comes out on September 18. You can also pre-order it across all markets.As always, happy reading!Thank you so much to HarperTeen for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. (All thoughts are my own.)
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  • Nikkie Sierra
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as an ARC from the author. My opinions are my own and are an honest reflection of my views of the book.The girls in Cottonwood Hollow are all born with a “curse,” each girl has a unique talent such as Finding things, Fixing things, Healing etc. The curse makes them feel like freaks outside of their own small, rural Kansas hometown. Each girl has their own struggles and they are forced to keep secrets from one another. When they come across the diary of the woman who placed t I received this book as an ARC from the author. My opinions are my own and are an honest reflection of my views of the book.The girls in Cottonwood Hollow are all born with a “curse,” each girl has a unique talent such as Finding things, Fixing things, Healing etc. The curse makes them feel like freaks outside of their own small, rural Kansas hometown. Each girl has their own struggles and they are forced to keep secrets from one another. When they come across the diary of the woman who placed the “curse” on the town, they start to wonder if these talents are really a curse at all. This young adult book is touted as magical realism, but it feels much more like realistic fiction with a touch of magic and paranormal. Perhaps this is because Asebedo does such a brilliant job of making the magic believable. The way in which Rome interacts with her talent is organic and flawlessly helps the reader suspend disbelief. I would have liked more backstory on the author of the diary, simply because her story was fascinating to me. This is the first book by Miranda Asebedo and I am sure it is the first of many. This book is full of strong female characters and complex relationships. The protagonists are well developed and believable. As a recent Kansas transplant I was able to recognize the truth in the struggles the girls face being in a rural Kansas town. I was also equally able to recognize the beauty of the place and its people. The sisterhood of the women of Cottonwood Hollow goes beyond the protagonists and is a welcome message in this day and age. The writing was masterly and the story is strong. This will be a great book for fans of paranormal, magic and those who appreciate strong female characters.
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  • Elisha
    January 1, 1970
    THE DEEPEST ROOTS by Miranda Asebedo is a young adult novel set in the world on Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas, a place where girls have special abilities. Rome is a Fixer. She can repair cracked phone screens, cars, frayed wires, and every other kind of object. Unfortunately, she can’t Fix the amount of money in her bank account, which is a problem if she wants to stay in her trailer with her mother. When Rome finds out there may be a chest of expensive valuables buried somewhere in her town, Rome a THE DEEPEST ROOTS by Miranda Asebedo is a young adult novel set in the world on Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas, a place where girls have special abilities. Rome is a Fixer. She can repair cracked phone screens, cars, frayed wires, and every other kind of object. Unfortunately, she can’t Fix the amount of money in her bank account, which is a problem if she wants to stay in her trailer with her mother. When Rome finds out there may be a chest of expensive valuables buried somewhere in her town, Rome and her friends set out on a treasure hunt. What they find though is unexpected and worth more than they could have imagined. I haven’t read such a good a novel about friendships since SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS. Rome, Lux, and Mercy are close. They’ve been friends since childhood. They’ve even taken a blood oath. However, they have their secrets that begin to weasel their way between them. These problems the girls face make them feel like real people, even in a magical realism novel. Despite their differences, how fiercely they support and take care of one another is admirable.Jett is a dreamy love interest. He’s a respectful gentleman and almost too perfect. The only annoying aspect of his relationship with Rome is when she pushes him away. It’s tiring how many times Rome blames him for being from the rich part of town, but I like that Rome eventually realizes the problem is stemming from her own prejudice. It is a great reminder for us readers to check in with ourselves and evaluate what we are projecting onto others. Even minor characters leave major impressions in this book. Most notable is Red, Rome’s boss. He’s rough on the edges, but steps into Rome’s life as a protective father figure. He reminds us to take chances on people when they’re trying to do better and he reminds us that not all family is related by blood. Overall, the success of THE DEEPEST ROOTS lies in the relationships between people. That is what drives the plot and that is what makes this book stand out. Review originally posted on YA Books Central: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yaficti...
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsI felt invested in Rome's story from the very first page, and throughly enjoyed learning more about the girls of Cottonwood Hollow and the magical roots they shared. Full review to follow. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Manda Gjokaj (blueyedbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Such a great read to finish off the month of August and get into all the mysterious, thriller, and paranormal books for the fall!*I received this copy from Edelweiss and Harper Collins as a digital ARC for review and the moment I saw the cover, I knew I was going to enjoy it!You’re following 3 best friends from a rural town, Cottonwood Hollow in Kansas. They have been best friends since forever and despite that fact that they live different lives, they are gifted with unique talents, though some Such a great read to finish off the month of August and get into all the mysterious, thriller, and paranormal books for the fall!*I received this copy from Edelweiss and Harper Collins as a digital ARC for review and the moment I saw the cover, I knew I was going to enjoy it!You’re following 3 best friends from a rural town, Cottonwood Hollow in Kansas. They have been best friends since forever and despite that fact that they live different lives, they are gifted with unique talents, though some consider it a curse. You’re following them as they discover more about their talent, their lives and their town. They go through hardships along the way but always have each other to fall back on. I really enjoyed the friendship they had and how they handled situations, and even in the darkest times, they were always there for each other. You get the feeling of knowing that you’re not alone and that no matter how bad things may seem, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. The atmosphere and the diversity in this book was so well written and it was such an easy ready to get into. You needed to know how this happened, even though it felt a little predictable to me, I couldn’t put it down.I absolutely love Jett. His character was my favorite. I did feel like I had a lot of similarities with the way Rome things and acts, so her friendship with Rome is something that felt very real to me. I also really liked how much Rome cared for her friends. She was always wanting to help and be there for them and didn’t let anyone get in her way of that, not even a cute boy.All in all, I really did enjoy this book and I know so many other readers will enjoy it as well! The Deepest Roots comes out on September 18 and I highly recommend you add this your fall TBR! Miranda Asebedo is a debut author and I think she did a phenomenal job on bringing this story to us!
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  • michelle
    January 1, 1970
    * Thank you to @KidLitExchange and author Miranda Asebedo for a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.From the moment I read on the back that "ever girl has been born with a special talent," I was intrigued by this book. The talents of the girls of Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas are not what make the story though. This is a book about friendship, deep rooted secrets, and being from the wrong side of the tracks. It has characters that cover a full spectrum as the three best fr * Thank you to @KidLitExchange and author Miranda Asebedo for a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.From the moment I read on the back that "ever girl has been born with a special talent," I was intrigued by this book. The talents of the girls of Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas are not what make the story though. This is a book about friendship, deep rooted secrets, and being from the wrong side of the tracks. It has characters that cover a full spectrum as the three best friends are in turn a girl mechanic into muscle cars, a lesbian with a "rich" girlfriend, and the kind one living the most comfortable life while still being a "freak" from Cottonwood Hollow. These girls deal with being poor, being talked about constantly at school, as well as issues within their families. As the book progressed, they learned how much they needed one another and the danger of keeping secrets. I didn't want to put it down.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    -Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book— all opinions are my own-____The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo is a thrilling journey of three best friends, Rome, Lux and Mercy. This book has a fantasy twist in that all the girls that have been born in Cottonwood Hollow have what is called a special talent. Rome is a Fixer and is able to Fix things, Lux is a Siren and is able to attract any man with a smile, and Mercy can make Enough of anything when needed. The story -Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book— all opinions are my own-____The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo is a thrilling journey of three best friends, Rome, Lux and Mercy. This book has a fantasy twist in that all the girls that have been born in Cottonwood Hollow have what is called a special talent. Rome is a Fixer and is able to Fix things, Lux is a Siren and is able to attract any man with a smile, and Mercy can make Enough of anything when needed. The story centers on these three unique girls as they try to solve the mystery of a diary that they found. They feel their powers are more like curses, but in their journey to solve the mystery, they begin to discover more about themselves and each other. In that journey, their own friendship is put to the test as promises are broken and trust is misplaced. This book is an exciting tale filled with excitement, adventure and growth. We, as readers, are able to follow on this journey of discovery and growth with these three characters in a coming of age type of tale. It was a thrilling mystery! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any fantasy reader and middle school and up readers!
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  • Julie,
    January 1, 1970
    The most moving part about this book is the relationship between Lux, Rome, and Mercy. Their friendship was perfectly written and I loved it all--even the sob worthy bits. But the story is also a tad creepy, and throws in a handful of laugh loud moments for good measure. It's a very well rounded story, with a perfect dash of romance to balance it all out. Jett and Rome's budding relationship was the epidome of first lovel--all awkward and giddy and frustrating at the same time. Perfectly adorkab The most moving part about this book is the relationship between Lux, Rome, and Mercy. Their friendship was perfectly written and I loved it all--even the sob worthy bits. But the story is also a tad creepy, and throws in a handful of laugh loud moments for good measure. It's a very well rounded story, with a perfect dash of romance to balance it all out. Jett and Rome's budding relationship was the epidome of first lovel--all awkward and giddy and frustrating at the same time. Perfectly adorkable!Read this one, you guys... you won't be sorry!
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  • ALEXA
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Sarah Henning
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • alice (arctic books)
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to come!
  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    3-3.5 Not bad, but not blown away.
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    January 1, 1970
    The Deepest Roots intertwines YA contemp/thriller with a paranormal twist. There are three girls who are best friends and each have secrets of their own that come from a community that is cursed to bear children who have a different "talent." I thought the talents were interesting and probably the best part of the story. The contemporary part, I didn't really get into as much, as most of the conflict was from lack of communication, and this is a trope that I don't love. I liked that the adults w The Deepest Roots intertwines YA contemp/thriller with a paranormal twist. There are three girls who are best friends and each have secrets of their own that come from a community that is cursed to bear children who have a different "talent." I thought the talents were interesting and probably the best part of the story. The contemporary part, I didn't really get into as much, as most of the conflict was from lack of communication, and this is a trope that I don't love. I liked that the adults were more three dimensional than usual. The way the story resolves and the "twist" was not that interesting. While I liked the idea behind the story a lot, I wasn't compelled as I would have liked to have been, but I can imagine a lot of this is personal taste.Overall, a good premise for a story that doesn't completely pay off for me.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Rome tells this story. She's one of the latest generation of the girls from Cottonwood Hollow. She and her best friends Mercy and Lux have inherited some of the unique talents that show up in those girls as a result of a curse put on all the girls of Cottonwood Hollow by Emmeline Remington many generations before. She cursed the girls to be strange and unwanted because one of them had stolen her husband.In this current generation, Rome is a Fixer and an auto mechanic, Mercy is an Enough, and Lux Rome tells this story. She's one of the latest generation of the girls from Cottonwood Hollow. She and her best friends Mercy and Lux have inherited some of the unique talents that show up in those girls as a result of a curse put on all the girls of Cottonwood Hollow by Emmeline Remington many generations before. She cursed the girls to be strange and unwanted because one of them had stolen her husband.In this current generation, Rome is a Fixer and an auto mechanic, Mercy is an Enough, and Lux is a Siren. While Mercy and Rome have come to terms with their gifts, Lux has a problem with hers. Her new stepfather is blaming her for his problems including losing hours at the plant. His problems have caused him to start physically abusing Lux and her mother.Rome's problems are simpler. She is the child of a seventeen-year-old runaway who has just lost her job as a waitress. They have always lived a hand-to-mouth lifestyle. Rome has been using her salary as a mechanic at Red's Garage to pay her half of the rent for more than a year. Now Garrett Remington, the town's lawyer and their landlord, is pressuring them for the money. Rome has to sacrifice her beloved 1972 Mach 1 Mustang which she lovingly fixed after buying it from the Truett sisters when she was fourteen.Trading her Mustang to Garrett only buys them a couple of months. When Rome discovers Emmeline's diary which hints at hidden treasure and gives them another view of the gifts they have inherited, Mercy, Lux, and Rome determine that they will find it to solve their current problems. Only someone else is looking too and his reasons aren't as benevolent. This is a story about determination and love and friendship. It is also a tension-filled mystery. There is even a romance as prickly Rome gets close to one Jett who is one of the boys from Evanston. Cottonwood Hollow kids and Evanston kids don't usually get along, but Jett is different. I enjoyed this story very much. I was sucked right in by the writing and the characters. Rome was a terrific narrator and a fascinating person.
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