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Review by Anniek
Before Catori, or Cat, moved to Boston to go to college she lived in the small town Rowan next to the town cemetery together with her family. Cat's mother is Rowan's coroner, so Cat's seen her fair share of dead bodies. This doesn't scare her, since she wants to be a doctor herself. The sudden death of her mother makes Cat return home. The medical examiner claims that her mother died of a stroke, but Cat doesn't believe that. Just before her death Cat's mother dug up a coffin. This coffin is ancient and had been buried in their cemetery for many decades. When Cat opens it all she finds are fresh rose petals and an old spell drawn on the inside. Did her mother resurrect a body that was once buried in the coffin?
Cat is a descendant of the Gottwa tribe. She's a hunter and she has no idea. When the medical examiner shows up early at their house Cat notices that there's something off about him. His skin seems to glow and when they touch actual sparks fly. More and more people are coming back to town for her mother's funeral and not all of them have good intentions. When an ancient feud between the Fae's and the hunters is being rekindled once again there is no time to lose. Will Cat be able to separate right from wrong and find out what happened to her mother?
Cat is a girl I connected with straight away. She's fierce, stubborn and strong. She loves her family and friends with her whole heart. I loved her sarcastic comebacks and they made me laugh out loud multiple times. Cat is brave enough to take on the most intimidating creatures without hesitation. She's determined to avenge her mother's death and I admired this about her. She's going through so much pain and horror, but whatever happens she's always still standing and she won't stop until she finds out the truth. I think that Cat is one of the most believable heroines I've read about in a long time.
I love to read about myths and mythical creatures. The vivid details, like the fresh rose petals for example, kept me hooked from beginning to end. I'm always drawn to stories about fairies and Rose Petal Graves didn't disappoint me one bit. It has everything a good story needs to keep the reader intrigued. Olivia Wildenstein has written a mesmerizing story about ancient times coming to life again in the present world. How amazing would it be to find out that there actually is a whole other magical world in existence? I love it when stories make me dream and I absolutely can't wait to read the next The Lost Clan book. I would really like to know how Cat's story continues.
Rose Petal Graves is perfect for readers who love the fantasy genre, especially if you're into fairies and mythical ancient times. Please take in consideration that this book ends with a cliffhanger.
About Olivia Wildenstein
Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father with a great sense of humor, and a Swedish mother whom she speaks to at least three times a day. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor’s in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a laptop computer and a very comfortable chair. This line of work made more sense, considering her college degree.
When she’s not writing, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, baking up a storm (that she actually eats), going to the gym (because she eats), and attempting not to be late at her children’s school (like she is 4 out of 5 mornings, on good weeks).
Wildenstein lives with her husband and three children in Geneva, Switzerland, where she’s an active member of the writing community.
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