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The Deepest Roots

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Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas, is a strange place. For the past century, every girl has been born with a special talent, like the ability to Fix any object, Heal any wound, or Find what is missing.

Best friends Rome, Lux, and Mercy all have similar talents, but to them, their abilities often feel like a curse. Rome may be able to Fix anything she touches, but that won’t help he
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

"For my daughters, may you grow to be as
brave as Rome,
strong as Lux,
and compassionate as Mercy"

🌟 The above quote is the dedication of this book. Funny how after reading only this, I felt that I know the characters and could relate to them. A few pages in and I was hooked.

🌟 Now when I first started this I didn’t expect the modern world buil
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
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.
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
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Part of being in a family is letting them into your tiny, narrow trailer that doesn't smell like cookies. It's showing them your deepest, darkest fears and letting them shine a little light on them.

Though it took me eighty four years to read THE DEEPEST ROOTS, it wasn’t because I wasn’t enjoying it. This story is a little bit PRACTICAL MAGIC and a little bit something else I can’t think of at the moment (ugh this is the worst review ever and I only just started). With strong female friendships,
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“But this is one thing I will wish with my dying breath upon all the daughters of Cottonwood Hollow who follow mine: May they depend on each other; protect each other no matter what the cost… May they be blessed with the strength to survive here.”

This wasn’t really what I was expecting and I don’t love it as much as I thought I would, but it was still an enjoyable read. TheDeepest Roots follows best friends Rome, Lux, and Mercy - three girls born in Cottonwood Hollow, a town where ev
Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
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.
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
Samantha (WLABB)
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, arcs, fabulism
Rating: 4.5 Stars

In a town where every woman had a "talent", Rome was a Fixer. A cracked screen, a loose wire, a rusty hinge - she Fixed them with very little effort, but when her home life began to crumble and her friendships started to crack under the weight of secrets, she found herself in a situation beyond her Fixing.
I'm supposed to be a Fixer, but it seems like everything I touch lately breaks to pieces.

• Pro: The central theme of this story was friendship, and what a wonderful one it was.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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
Lauren  (TheBookishTwins)
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
Patty (IheartYA311)
This was great. Written well. Unique story that moved at a good pace. If you like YA put this on your list.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
i am a sucker for magical realism,strong friendships and mysterious little towns in the middle of nowhere so this was more than perfect!✨
*Source* Edelweiss
*Genre* Young Adult / Magical Realism
*Rating* 3.5


The Deepest Roots is the debut novel by author Miranda Asebedo. Miranda has come up with a fascinating world that is just slightly different from our own. Readers will be intrigued by the wide variety of different “curses,” how each curse works, and how each character interacts with her own curse in particular. While the contemporary elements of this novel are strong, the magical twist really makes The Deepest Roots sta
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
What a beautiful book. The girls of Cottonwood Hollow all have secrets. They are all born with gifts such as fixing anything, being strong, finding lost things, or simply having the power to enchant men. 3 best friends , ALL hiding their own secrets from each other. There is Rome, her and her mom are poor and struggling to pay the rent and eat. Mercy, who’s life seems perfect in every aspect but being perfect isn’t what it always seems. Finally there is Lux, beautiful and fun...with something mo ...more
Kayla Brunson
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book had been sitting on my shelf for quite a while and I can’t understand why. I didn’t really know what to expect when going into this except magical realism. What I was left with was a great book about friendship and secrets of a small town.

This book surrounds three best friends and a town full of special girls and women. See, every girl who is born is Cottonwood Hollow has a special talent. I was living for this aspect of the book friends. Seeing everyone’s talent being used in their ev
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Sarah Henning
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Xiomy's Book Tales
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Rating 4.5

Honestly The Deepest Roots was a surprise read and having this book as my first contemporary of the year was one of the best decision I made. A well-written story that I just could not put down, the pace keeps you intrigued with the events and details that are quite fascinating.

A story that I resonated with because I felt represented in both Mercy and Rome. They both have traits that I deeply represent myself with and struggles/obstacles I can understand firsthand. The adversity Rome
Kendra Ayers
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
#Deweysreadathon Book 1: Despite its convenient plot twists, I enjoyed The Deepest Roots, mostly because of the relationship between Rome, Lux and Mercy. 💜 3.5 stars
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
*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.
Alexis Bestwick
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The girls of Cottonwood Hollow are all born with different abilities that go far beyond normal, and often mark them as 'freaks' to the higher class kids from the neighbouring town.  Rome (a Fixer who can mend anything that's broken, but is living a life of constant financial stress with her mother), Mercy (an Enough, who will always find she has exactly enough of anything she needs) and Lux (a Siren who can entice men to do anything she wants with just a smile), are best friends who all see thei ...more
Alex (ReadingBetweenTheNotes)
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Lillie Lainoff
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*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
Saira B Ismail
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Part of being in a family is letting them into your tiny, narrow trailer that doesn’t smell like cookies. It’s showing them your deepest, darkest fears and letting them shine a little light on them.”

Trigger warnings: sexual assault & physical abuse.

Wow this book is so underrated. More people need to read it. Such a perfect read for October/Fall.

I definitely loved our main character Rome. She was such a bad ass. The story line was really well done, unique and well written. It had really good p
Paulina (aspiringliterati)
Ah goooosh, could we possibly get like a sequel? I want more!
(REALLY strong 4 stars, in fact.... 4.5 is more accurate, I think)

“The Deepest Roots” is a debut novel and follows three (I want to say 16 yr olds but 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
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