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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.
Fans of Karen Marie Moning's Fever series will adore Wildenstein's new faerie-tale.
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By Spirited on 07-29-17
Great Take on Fae and Native Stories
Would you consider the audio edition of Rose Petal Graves to be better than the print version?
Yes, with exception of the audio quality. There was a hiss, background noise and echoes that did a great disservice to both the book and Stephanie's telling of it. It distracted from my enjoyment of the book.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I liked Catori a lot, she's feisty, knows where she stands on things and isn't wish washy. I also really liked Cruz, who seems a better person than he is given credit for based on the subtle and small things he does.
Did Stephanie Fritz do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
Yes. Stephanie is a brilliant narrator. If not for the audio quality of the recording, this would have been a 5 star review across the board.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I laughed several times throughout the book, and felt sad when Catori lost someone.
Any additional comments?
We meet Catori Price left Rowan to go to school in Boston. She is called back home to attend to the death of her mother and finds an inconsolable father, an old friend who will do anything for her, and a mystery. When the young, good looking, and glowing skinned medical examiner shows up a day early, Catori is annoyed, especially when she discovers her father agrees to let him stay.
Exchanged barbs, and vague, but mysterious comments from Cruz take things in an new direction. An old book is delivered and full of local history creating new mysteries. New people arrive, engendering more loss, and all of it causes mixed feelings over a choice Catori ultimately has to make.
I enjoyed this telling of the story greatly. Stephanie Fritz does a brilliant job of reading, you can feel the emotion of the character even through the narration. Her male voices were decent and not overdone. Her female voices ranged pretty well.
The story itself was a fabulous take on the Fae and Native cultures. Things are explained well in the book, not in lame ways which make you want to scream as some writers have done. Everything felt well thought out, subtle at times and with fabulous descriptions. The author has an eye for human nuanced behaviors, ticks, and emotions. I thought it was well written, had good pacing and kept me wanting more.
There is a bit of a love tangle, but it's not the typical scenario where guys are constantly vying for the female. Cartori is put in situations where guys may have feelings for her but she wants to be friends, or enemies, and things work out differently.
I know what I want her ultimate choice to be, and Catori certainly leans that way until a betrayal sets everything back. It seems so hard to reach that final option by the end of book one. That book two comes out in a little more than two weeks is a relief. I hope it works out as I hope. ;)
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By JoAnna B on 07-22-17
I received a free audio copy in an exchange for any honest review.
I really enjoyed this story. I liked struggle of not knowing who to trust that the main character goes through as she tries to learn more about the world she has been thrust into.
Narrator read also very good.
My only complaint would be the hum or whit noise I heard in the background.
Can't wait to listen to the next book!
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