This is my 5 star review of Olivia Wildenstein’s novel Rose Petal Graves, book one of the Lost Clan Series.
Published 14th February 2017
The Vampire Diaries with faeries. Welcome to Rowan…
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
I tought this book was imaginative and entertaining in equal measures. It grabbed my attention from the start and didn’t let go until I had finished it. The sorry follows Catori as she is stuck in the middle of a centuries old battle between faeries and hunters and has to choose which side she is on. The story starts with Cat’s mother’s death, which is ruled as a heart attack, but Cat thinks it is murder so investigates. This leads her into the heart of the battle and the story follows on from there. There were lots of twists and turns in the story and you never quite know who to believe and which way Cat will turn. I felt the ending was a bit rushed as it is just getting good when it suddenly stops, although it is a very good cliffhanger for the sequel, which I will definitely be buying once it is released.
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About The Author
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.