Ancient secrets cannot remain buried forever.
Founded two centuries ago by an aloof and 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, so I rushed home.
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, Cruz, the new medical examiner, arrived. I should have felt relieved, but how could I? He was unnervingly handsome, glowed like a human firefly, and knew absolutely nothing about examining dead bodies.
But, he did know what killed my mother…or rather who.
Review by Katy Haye:
Rose Petal Graves is the second book I’ve read by Olivia Wildenstein, who is clearly a fabulously versatile author. Rose Petal Graves is utterly different from The Masterpiecers (paranormal rather than contemporary), and possibly even more compelling.
The novel has atmosphere in spades – a real modern gothic feel to it, with a great take on fae myths. There was an excellent blending of ideas, and use of native American folklore which was in-depth and convincing.
The style was fabulous: intriguing and dramatic, and I loved the characters (especially Blake).
However, I have to warn you that it contains one of the Paisley Piranha bugbears – it’s not a complete story in itself and ends with a cliffhanger.
I would absolutely recommend you read this, but I’d also recommend waiting until all the “Lost Clan” stories are out so you don’t have to dangle maddeningly off a cliff while waiting for the next.
For that reason, it gets four Piranhas.
Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours who gave me a copy of Rose Petal Graves in exchange for an honest review.
Katy Haye writes fast-paced fantasy for YA readers. Rising Tides is now available to pre-order.
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