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Book Review: ROSE PETAL GRAVES by OLIVIA WILDENSTEIN

Hello Readers, welcome back to my blog.

This is the first book in the lost clan series.

SUMMARY

Found 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 Mon’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.

The author is not of Indian American decent but she wrote a book based loosely on them, not sure how I feel about that so I am going to leave that there.

First, chapter names and numbers, wow I like. The story starts just as Catori loses her mother and has to plan a funeral with her father but she soon learns about the fae. Half way through the book and I still had no impressions of good romance and I like my romantic elements in any book am reading but since I was venturing into a different style of book, one where romance is present but isn’t the main element I had to deal.

Morally grey characters are not my favourite and Catori’s action with Cruz when she knew about Lily annoys me. I had to keep reminding myself that she is nineteen so I should be patient with her. Most of the story was spent world building and it gave the feeling that the story was progressing but when you look back nothing has really progressed.

This was so close to being a two and it would have been the first two I have given a book because I am easily pleased but it got an extra star thank goodness, mostly because it gave me the romance I was looking for at the end although I didn’t get the warm and fuzzy feeling I was looking for. It wasn’t a total fail to deviate from my norm and I am looking forward to more deviations not that this book has given me much impression but because I am stubborn and home to find a good book outside my norm.

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