Gabriel and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno [Book Review]

GATS final ebook-2Gabriel and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno

Released Date: March 11,  2016

Genre: Young Adult | Romance | Fantasy | Paranormal


A lonely farm boy.
A girl with swallow’s wings.
An ancient city buried in a volcano.
A mystery old as blood and bone.

There is more to Gabriel than the life he’s ashamed of – the son of peasant winemakers, bullied relentlessly on account of his disabled mother. For Gabriel has a secret: the elaborate dream world he descends into at night – a grandiose, vivid existence – is becoming more real than his waking life.

Everything changes for Gabriel when he rescues a wounded creature – a miraculous girl with swallow’s wings – from the voracious pursuit of Alfio Gallo, a dangerous old enemy. Aided by the beautiful and mysterious Orlando Khan, Gabriel is conflicted by unanswered questions: who is the Dark One that dwells in the medieval tunnels beneath their city? Is he just a figment of Gabriel’s powerful imagination? And is the foundling really who she says she is?

Wrestling with manhood whilst beckoned by ancient rites and foreign lands, Gabriel is about to make a deadly decision that changes the course of life as he knows it…as long as he can decide which reality he’s in.


“I would like to thank Oftomes Publishing for sending me a Review Copy of this book. I reviewed it honestly just liked I promised.”

Set in the old town of Orvieto in Italy lived a boy in a family that makes wine for a living. Gabriel is always the object of fun at school for his wealth status and a frenzied mother.

This is my first read for Esther Dalseno. Although I really wanted to read Drown first. So the first couple of pages of the book was down right confusing for me. I don’t really get it, I read it for about a few times back and forth too not until the flashbacks begun. How Gabriel grown up in their farm, enduring the teasing of Darlo Gallo and her minions, how he had wished to live a more comfortable life and of course how it is to love and to be loved back. He has that one friend named Orlando Khan. A foreigner feared by the nasty rumors that spreads in town. They become best of friends when Orlando saved him one day out from the hands of their classmates.

I personally liked the writing style. You can imagine the places with the help of the lyrical words. The lines that sounds like a song. The story of how the characters have grown up, how did they lived their separate lives. I loved the personality of Volatile the most. So mysterious, smart, loving and very straightforward. Orlando is a loyal friend I might say he’s one of those #FriendShipGoals in our lives. 😉 Gabriel is so kind but sometimes blinded by what the world tells him.

We all are different. Different but beautiful in our own way. Our imperfections is what makes us. We all go through hard times and change. The past doesn’t define us, it is today that shows who we are. Also Dumbledore said “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”.

Gabriel and the Swallows reminds us again. Truly it is the present times that we need to cherish.

Here are my favorite lines from the novel! ❤

I don’t know if I am still in love with her because you can’t be in love with two people at ones. Can you?

I came because I love you. I’ve loved you my whole life.

I will not have you spitting words that will not only wound me, but yourself, only far more deeply and much later, after you realize what it is you have done. You cannot unsay what has already been said.

She’s dead and she won’t come back, no matter how much you loved her.

Nothing lasts forever. At one point in life, we will always have to say goodbye to everyone we have ever known.

Have you read Gabriel and the Swallows? Share you favorite lines too in the comments below!

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