Reviewer Roundup: Gabriel and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno is “a reading experience that will awaken all your senses!”

GabrielandtheSwallowsWith the imminent release of Esther Dalseno’s ‘Gabriel and the Swallows’, we’re getting excited for y’all to be able to experience it. Gabriel’s life is about to change after he finds, and rescues, a miraculous girl with swallow wings!

It’s both lyrical and unputdownable. (Did we just make up a word? Maybe. It’s worth it for this book).

But don’t just take our word for it. Once again we’ve searched all  corners of the internet for what everyone else is saying about it.

This time we’re turning to Michelle from Bookaholic Banter and Aideen from Aideen’s Book Obsession to give you the scoop.

One thing that seems to stand out in this read is the writing style. Michelle calls it “poetic” and says “it flows across the pages like a melodic song.” Whereas Aideen says that Dalseno’s “picturesque style is so unique. The writing keeps the reader reading.”


The immersive writing meant that Michelle “was transported from my living room to the small town of Orvieto” in Italy.

But what of our main character, Gabriel? Aideen said “it was a joy to watch Gabriel grow up. His character development was perfectly paced and well done.” Michelle adds “each character brought something spectacular to this story” and “I can’t wait to read more about all these characters. I fell in love with all of them.”

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Of the story itself, Michelle calls it “a modern day fable of sorts.” But that doesn’t mean it is tired or done before, she says “it was original, and creative!” Aideen likes that the mystery surrounding the story and characters isn’t so easily answered, especially when it comes to Volatile, “we spend a good bit of time with her and yet there is still so much we don’t know. She’s a mystery.”

In conlusion, Michelle: “This is one of those rare gems in a pile of rocks that shouldn’t be missed.  Get ready for a reading experience that will entice all your senses.”

And Aideen: “Esther Dalseno’s writing is beautiful. I want to read all her books now…I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Gabriel next.”

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