Hello lovelies! I’m still in the middle of a super busy time but my backlog of books to review is beginning to pile up and I don’t want it to become too overwhelming, so I’m trying to keep on top of them! Today, I’m reviewing The Deepest Roots which was sent to me by Harper 360!
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 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.
What is everyone reading these days? I hope you’re all finding wonderful stories! x