Friday, March 3, 2017

Review: Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein

Title: Rose Petal Graves
Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Genre/Age: Paranormal/YA
Series: The Lost Clan Series (Book One)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺

Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.

Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.

As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.** 

Fairies and hunters and a girl who may be both...

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Cat has a problem. Well, a few of them. Her mother is dead and her best friend's life seems to be at an impasse. Not to mention, she's being tracked by fairies and stalked by fellow hunters who she wants nothing to do with. Her life is one big storm of false identities and secrets that can kill.

I read the first half of this book last year. I was impressed by the fictional native element and intrigued by the paranormal world that the author was building here. The main character grated on my nerves at times but I'm happy to see that she has matured some in the second half.

The paranormal was just as interesting in the second half, too. There are a lot of secrets being unearthed (literally and figuratively) while Cat tries to decide which direction she should take. Become a full hunter and fight against fae, become a full fairy and forsake her hunter blood, or remain neutral but still the target of both sides.

I took to the new character of Kajika pretty quickly and I'm a little torn because I thought Cat and Cruz might have some other-wordly magical bond or something similar. Now, I'm wondering if maybe her destiny lies elsewhere. Yet, at the same time, I kind of love the banter between Cat and Ace. Seriously, this isn't so much a love triangle as a love star.

As for the action, there is more in the first half. However, I liked the second half more because we actually see some answers being revealed. There are still plenty of secrets to fill future books and I am very suspicious of a certain baker...

In closing...
I am definitely interested in continuing this series. I almost hope that no one else of importance will die but I'm getting used to the possibility of future sorrow for Cat. Four suns!

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