“A very simple trick that anyone can do. It consists of being glad for what you’ve got instead of being unhappy about what you don’t have.” ― Paul Pen, Desert Flowers

From the edge of my sit to the verge of tears, Paul Pen took me from the extraordinary but also petrifying story of a flower bed in the middle of the desert. An incredible story of anti-heroes who live happy lives in the aridness of their actions and sins. Written to be read without stopping, Pen adventures in a foreign and unknown land of uncertainty dyed with the shades of naiveness, love, redemption, and hope. – Inkish Kingdoms

Okay, so this is the second time writing a review because my internet decided to fail on me and I lost the previous review… so… here I go again.

I will review or talk about the characters of this book and also one topic that is recurrent.

First, I find Iris to be an obnoxious and delusional character. She is so needy, but I will adjudicate such behavior and personality for her isolation from the rest of society. She, at some point, reminds me of Catherine from Northanger Abbey as she believes herself to be a Victorian heroine and builts a whole story in her head. I could have found her complex way of speaking lovely since Victorian literature is one of the best of all times, but Iris was trying so hard. I price Pen for creating such a great character! Being able to generate such feelings toward a fictitious character is worth awarding!

On the other hand, we have Melissa. She was such a so mature and a dynamic character that moved from isolation and immaturity to adulthood. She was, nonetheless, forced by the truth and reality to go through one of the greatest changes that I have seen in a character in a long time. I admire Pen’s decision to adjudicate so much humanity and mercifulness to one small and complex character. Children are usually taken for granted and are underestimated by adults, and I believe is one of the main reasons why Melissa had such a staring role.

Paul Pen has immersed and dealt with difficult topics in his other novels, and the topic of love is a recurrent one. He is not, however, narrating stories of perfect and conventional love, but he is dealing with love from an obsessive way between parents and siblings, and the purity of love that only a kid could feel. I mentioned on my GoodReads updates that it was really hard for me to decide who are the bad ones and the good ones, and I came to the conclusion that we all are the good ones in our story since for us all our actions have a bigger almost divine justification.

Pen’s style and narration are amazing. The book was written in a way to make people read it and finish it in one sit. This book is so well thought that the time it takes for the conflict, climax, and resolution is around 4 days. The book does not have chapters, so if you are one of those who reads and says “just one more chapter”, you will finish it in hours! I totally recommend you this and any other of Pen’s books, and if I were you, I will take advantage of Desert Flowers since it is on sale $1.99 on Amazon.com!

You can buy the book using the link below!


Desert Flowers


Desert Flowers

If you wish to check the Goodreads profile, hey! Feel free to go there! I have added below the link to the review and the rating I gave to this book.

GoodReads – My profile

Desert Flowers

If you liked what I wrote and/or if you wish to comment or discuss, come and do it!

Thank you for reading!

“Find your peace, find your joy, find your book, and never let go”.

  1. Trang (Bookidote) Avatar

    OMG! I could never write a review twice, kuddo for that!! *bravery medal* LOL Absolutely love your review! The way you describe the author’s writing was very detailed and I can see how much complexity you got out of the characters 🙂 Great read!

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    1. Satou Johns Avatar

      haha I was furious! You have no idea XD
      Awww thank you for reading and commeting ❤ It makes me really happy!
      Thank you for such nice comments ❤ The book is really good and I like Pen's stories a lot! I felt inspired with this review :3 (he retweeted it <3)

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      1. Trang (Bookidote) Avatar

        Omg AN AUTHOR RETWEETED is so rewarding !! 👏👏❤️ Congratz ! No problem at all 🤩 I will be spamming more your blog no worries You havent see the last of me ahhah 😇🤣

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      2. Satou Johns Avatar

        I know!! I was so excited!! So much propaganda haha ❤ and I think is not that common for that to happen hmmm

        I love that idea! I don't think is spam tho haha I call it blog friending ❤ so I encourage you to keep coming :3 my mailbox is empty and ready ❤ haha


  2. Jasmine Avatar

    I really like your bookstagram. Beautiful! Awesome review! I’m glad you enjoyed your read. I don’t think I have come across a book without chapters.

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    1. Satou Johns Avatar

      I am not sure if this is the first one or second one that I have. I don’t remember right now XD they are interesting they have pauses but not chapters XD everything happened too fast on this one XD

      Thank you very much for your kind words ❤ that motivates us to keep going and to work harder ❤

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