I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Magic
Published by Olivia Wildenstein on May 15th 2016
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
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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.
The silence was compassionate, but it came off as oppressive.
What I thought of this book
Catori (Cat) has come home. Her mother has died of what they think is a stroke but Cat doesn’t think that is what killed her. She was digging up a grave when she died, now that grave only holds rose petals. Also there is a man named Cruz who says he is a medical examiner except he isn’t.
He does offer her the real reason her mother was killed and that things are not as normal as she might think. Her mother was a fae hunter and now Cat is one. She knows nothing about her heritage when it comes to being a hunter, because she always thought the stories her mother told her were just that, stories.
She is part Gottwa, a powerful Indian tribe and her mother opened up a grave that has made things dangerous for Cat. Though Cat is still having a hard time believing things she know she has to work with Cruz to protect her family because one of her young cousins has the sight as well. She is safe as long as she doesn’t know anything about fae but once she does then she is fair game to the fae.
Being such a short book I don’t want to say to much more as I could give things away.
Cat is a decent character though I am not sure if I was a huge fan of her, but she was starting to grow on me a bit towards the end. I get that she has a lot to take in in a short amount of time but her attitude sometimes made me want to smack her. I also felt sorry for Blake who really likes her but she seemed to be so very unaware of this fact. It was like she flaunted Cruz in front of him and well, I just felt bad for Blake. (You can’t help who you have feelings for but I think she should have been able to see it considering she could see the exact same thing in Lily when it came to Cruz.) Anyway, she was an okay character that I am willing to give some more time to in hopes that I like her more in the next book.
Rose Petal Grave was a short and quick read that leaves you hanging and wanting to know what is going to happen next. I wasn’t expecting such a cut off at the end of the book and I hate cliffies!
If you are a fan of fae, or urban fantasy type books then you might give this one a try. I would love to know what others think of this one. 🙂