Title: Rose Petal Graves
Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Series: The Lost Clan
Release Date: May 15th 2016
Source: Review copy provide by YA Bound Book Tours in exchange of an honest review
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.
MY TAKE ON R P G:
‘What! It ended! So soon… I had just started reading it…’ My reaction when I finished this novella.
I don’t think I need to say more about how engrossed I was in it. Though the beginning was slightly creepy, yet the book quickly pulled me into its story-line. The blend of a fine plot, strong characters, good pace brought out a splendid tale.
I was a little apprehensive about the book, as the story started with a death- that too in a house whose backyard is a cemetery! Along with this, the female protagonist- Catori- firmly believes that her mother’s death is a murder. However, my doubts took a backseat as the story progressed into a series of incidents which made me grasp the book till its’ very end.
The novella speeds up with the appearance of a book, which introduces Catori to a world, which she considered as – just a myth. She is surprised when she is able to connect the things written in the book to the happenings around her. Things become more complicated with the arrival of a mysterious Medical Examiner. As Catori unfolds the mysteries hidden long ago, she is made aware of her actual identity. Keeping up with all this, she desperately pursues her search for the reason behind her mother’s death.
The beauty of this novella is that it completely sucks the reader in the whirlwind of events from the very beginning. I was also impressed by the fact that even with such fast changing plots, there was no confusion in understanding the story. Usually with so many events and characters being introduced at such smaller intervals, the reader rereads the previous pages to catch up. But, I couldn’t find a single event when I had to look back to understand it.
Other trait of the book is the creation of a doubtful atmosphere around the female protagonist. She is surrounded by many people among whom some are friends and some foes. The author skilfully provided such evidences that one is just left guessing about the credibility of the characters. At one point of time the character seems like a friend to Catori and in the next completely opposite. The suspense created about the characters intrigued me till I finished reading it.
I think the novella was left at an extremely high note which gave me a feeling of utter frustration and helplessness. It looked more like a hasty ending than a continuing thread for the next book. Totally a cliffhanger, but too high for me to reach 😉
All in all, the novella is very interesting to read. With a touch of Native American Mythology, the book keeps you on edge. The characters are well developed and the reader can easily connect with their mindset.
A Must Read for those who love mix of paranormal and fantasy with a plot full of suspense.
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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.