The Deepest Roots

The Deepest Roots

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 he...

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Title:The Deepest Roots
Author:Miranda Asebedo
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The Deepest Roots Reviews

  • 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 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!

  • 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.

  • Hollis

    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,

    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.

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    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.

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    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

    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. **

  • Hamad

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found

    "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

    "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!

  • 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 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, 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.

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  • Karima chermiti

    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

    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 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    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.

    follows best friends Rome, Lux, and Mercy - three girls born in Cottonwood Hollow, a town where every girl

    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.

    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.

    I loved so many of the

    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.

    The story

    ,

    . 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

    - 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

    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.

    for child abuse and mentions of sexual assault

  • Jane

    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.

  • 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 can’t ignore the hardcore eye rolls this caused me lol.

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