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Rose Petal Graves (The Lost Clan Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein is fabulous read. Wildenstein has a great hand for character development, description, and pacing. One of the opening scenes depicts a snow-swept cemetery. That image lingered with me, along with the characters and events in the story, for days after reading it. I won't spoil any of the surprises for you, but I will say the cover for this novel is perfect. Rose petals are definitely another image I loved. Add in a well-developed magical world of fae, strife, attraction, and and well-drawn characters, and you have a win! This is a unique work by a talented author. Highly recommended!
Rose Petal Graves started slow for me. Catori's mother died. They were preparing her wake and burial. They live in a cemetery. And the death of her mother was suspicious, she strongly can't accept it. She was then introduced to a world she found difficult to believe in -- the faeries and faehunters. Cruz Vega, a faerie who took the place of a medal examiner, told Catori that she's a faehunter and that her mother just brought another faehunter to life.
During the first part or like 20% or so of the novel, I was totally confused at what's happening -- what's the conflict, the plot, the good side, the bad side, why can't Catori just ignore this mess and get on with life? And slowly but surely, Olivia Wildestein, moves the story into an interesting path and somehow explained everything. There's a bit of an #infodump here, to be honest. But I just absorbed everything because I was interested for answers.
Catori is a stubborn heroine (aren't most heroines are?) and I like her straightforwardness. She's also adventurous and wants to learn more of what's already out there. She's curious and her curiosity obviously brought her into this wild adventure she' inevitably needs to be in. However, I wasn't exactly emotionally attached to Catori. I like her and I understand her. I see why she does the things she do. And I feel sad for her at times. But I just don't feel strongly for her.
The romance, however, unexpectedly became one of my favorite aspects of the story. I strongly like Catori and Kajika to happen. Like the moment, he entered the scene I'm just: this.guy.and.Catori.MUST.happen! I love the slow development of their relationship. AND while their feelings to each other seem to have mixed with unfortunate circumstances, I'm still here waiting for the two of them to happen. Believe me, my kindle notes are filled with #teamkajika (because I feared that Catori and Cruz might happen. and i'm just like: no!).
Other things I like about Rose Petal Graves: (1) Kajika (because why not?), I was honestly amused at how he was introduced and basically how he's just there, straightforward, honest, and brooding (I'm not usually into the brooding-type of guy but I can make exemptions); (2) Ace and Catori's bantering are priceless! Definitely some of the most amusing moments here!; (3) the penultimate chapter was crazy -- a bit expected but also nicely done (it also sealed the romance!! I fangirled!); (4) there's drama and feels and sadness and a bit of sad unrequited love -- the mixture of drama infused in this novel is crazy but not very strong, to be honest, but it really put the development of events into the right places; (5) that the author actually made some effort to make words and actually do something about their language!
OVERALL, Rose Petal Graves is an unusual novel with the combinations of faeries and fictional Native Americans. It wasn't exactly a thrilling and intriguing read and it started slow for me but it really kept me glued for things like the heroine, her love interest, the questionable which-side-is-the-right-side. This is a good fantasy read with really amusing characters and (I know it's still not released but) I'm excited for the next book!!
The pace of this story was excellent. I could have easily sat all afternoon and read this straight through if only life would allow such a luxury. While Cat has just enough naivete to be believable as a college student, she also isn't dumb. She asks questions, she seeks answers, all while trying to be considerate of those she loves. She wants to trust people, to see the good in them. Yet, she has lived long enough to be a little wary of new people, and she starts meeting quite a few new people.
The entire cast of this story is incredible. Wildenstein has a great talent for bringing her characters to life, no matter how minor their role is in the story. Its fascinating, and really helps this small town seem like one you might actually know along the Great Lakes.
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