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!

  • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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!!!!!!

  • 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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  • 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

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    . 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

  • 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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