Title: Rose Petal Graves
Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Review: The opening to Rose Petal Graves was great, it was very intriguing to read we meet Catori whose mother Nova has passed away and has come home to her parent’s funeral home. We also meet Cruz the medical examiner who has traveled to prepare Cat’s mother for her final rest and we also meet Brake Cat’s ex-solider friend who is very sweet. We learn that Cat’s mother was she believes was murdered and Catori despite better advice is determined to find out why. From very early on in the novel we can see there is something quite strange about Cruz and he seems to be drawn to Cat and I can definitely see either a romance or love triangle forming with these characters.
Cat begins to believe in the legends surrounding her ancestors especially the women of Negongwa who believe in resurrection from the dead. We learn that Cruz is a fae and that unknown people are trying to protect Cat from him because she is a faehunter. As we approach the 1/4 mark in the novel we learn that Cat’s mother resurrected Gwenelda one of 12 dead fae but a life has to be taken in order to do it, we also learn that Cruz needs Cat’s help to stop Gwenelda bringing back the other 11 fae buried near by. As Cat grows closer to Cruz she learns more about heritage and his and what they are embarking to do means for her, she could be seen as a traitor to her kind for helping Cruz and the other faeries. When Cat finds out about Cruz’s engagement to Lily Wood is she deeply hurt but we can’t really empathize with her because she is changes between hateful and lovely so quickly and often its hard to keep up with her mood swings. Things only get worse when Gwenelda turns up injured – by faeries – and Cruz has to heal her. Blake is also there I am was 100% on the love triangle that is developing between Blake, Cruz and Catori.
As we approach the half way mark in the novel a love triangle is presented then quickly dismissed as Blake tells Cat of his feelings for her but she loves him like a brother and I was so glad as love triangles are one of my pet peeves. And just like a kick in the gut Cat is dealt more and more heartbreak at the hands of her own kind and begins to think that helping the faeries isn’t such a bad idea after all. Cat then plans to find a way to rid herself of the gene that makes her a faerie hunter and end the madness in her life once and for all. As we cross into the second half of the novel, Cat slowly learns more about hunters and faeries and why they hate each other but when it comes down to it Cat wants no part in their war no matter how she feels about Cruz. Cat and her father begin to have strange dreams about Gwen and the other hunters although Cat’s father doesn’t understand what these dreams mean while Cat does. Kajika tells Cat many things most of which she doesn’t want to hear but does anyway. She begins to doubt whether Cruz cared for her at all or whether it was just her influence over him. At this point in the novel Cat seems to be torn between her nature and her conscious choice to be human.
As we cross into the final section of the novel the mysteries surrounding Cat’s family and heritage are slowly becoming clearer and Cat has mixed blood so she is part fae and part hunter. And there will come a time when she will have to choose between being fae, hunter or human and this is the decision that still remain unclear. One thing I did noticed as we near the end of the novel was that Cat isn’t feeling much for Cruz but she is being drawn to Kajika in a way she has never been pulled before. As the time for Cat’s choice draws near the things at stake become a lot higher, more lives are on the line that Cat realizes at this point. The ending of this novel was just perfect while we don’t see Cat’s choice we have a good idea of what she is going to do. Also the events of the final chapters leave a nice opening for a sequel but this book would work as a stand alone also, if certain people didn’t want to continue on with the story. Overall I loved this story, while it was slow to start once it got going it didn’t stop, it highly deserved its rating and I can’t wait to read more from this author. Highly recommended.
This book was sent to me for review consideration by YA Bound Book Tours
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