Friday, March 31, 2017

Review: Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein

Rose Petal Graves
Release Date: March 29, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
The Lost Clan Book #1
ISBN13:  9780997334340
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Review Copy Source: NetGalley
Ancient secrets cannot remain buried forever.

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.
ROSE PETAL GRAVES sounded like something I totally wanted to love, but it just didn't get there.

Catori was actually pretty likable. She had a likable personality and it was very easy to connect with her feelings. Unfortunately, none of the other characters in ROSE PETAL GRAVES pulled me in. I mean, no one could NOT like her dad, but that was about it. I could take or leave all the others.

The romances/love interests fell short for me. There were 3 contenders and I didn't really feel the connection with any of them—and I really hated that Cat jumped from guy to guy so easily. I think there needed to be more development, but it kinda just all felt like it was thrown together at the last minute with the expectation that we would totally get it. I didn't.

The storyline wasn't bad. I enjoyed the Native American and Fae folklore and I thought the ideas behind the plot were original. The ending just was. Nothing was really resolved and it didn't leave me wanting more. I can't say that I would read more, but then again, I haven't ruled it out.

I gave it 3/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.