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The Vampire Diaries with faeries. Welcome to Rowan...

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.

©2017 Olivia Wildenstein (P)2017 Olivia Wildenstein

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Glad I listened to Karen Lynch’s recommendation!

I am a huge fan of Karen Lynch and receive her email updates. I love her Relentless and Fae Games series. So when she recommended this series written by her friend, I decided to give it a try. It is very different from Ms. Lynch’s writing but I was quickly swept away by this magical tale. Not for the faint hearted - it’s not a children’s book. But for adults or older YA audiences this book is perfect.
History, romance, suspense, murder and fantasy are woven together in an incredible tale that has me writing this review and buying the next book in the series before I have even finished the audio book. With four hours remaining, it only gets better with each chapter. No spoilers here - you will have to read it yourself! It’s brilliant. And please don’t forget to leave a review for this or any book you buy and read/listen to. Reviews are so important to authors. So leave a review and support the ones you enjoy so they can keep writing new stories for you!
The narrator is excellent. Sometimes I actually forget she’s just one person when listening to the voices of different characters.
Jan Anderegg
(Author of “Julu” - Book One in the Julu series)

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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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What a haunting story!

This book was wonderfully narrated. I'd never listened to Stephanie Fritz before, but I really enjoyed her voice. I love everything faerie so this was right up my alley. Will listen to more from Fritz.

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Good story! Excellent narrating!

Stephanie G Fritz is an excellent narrator. She made the story come alive! It was very easy to follow which character was which, and very easy to get lost in the story. Her technical skills are impressive. She seemed to have siblings overlap voices as they might in real life. Great storytelling! The story was well written with a clear story line. As an almost-senior-citizen, this may not be the genre for me.

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Wow! Completely different

Wow! Completely different from what I’m used to reading or listening to. This author is new to me. Now she has a new fan so far. This book had me from the beginning to the end and in which you are left with a cliffhanger. Definitely recommend and worth it.

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The story sucked me in.

I absolutely loved this story. It immediately pulled me in and kept me listening. The narration was fanta-bulous, Stephanie Fritz’s isn’t a narrator I’m familiar with but she did such a great job, I look forward to listening to more from her. The story was absolutely different and I loved it. It played on myths and fairytales along with some legends and ancestry. Blended together It was a different take on everything we’ve normally heard regarding myths. The characters were great, they were well written and multidimensional, they kept me wondering who was friend and who was foe the entire time. I will definitely be diving into the rest of the series, because I can’t wait to see what happens next. I was given this book for my unbiased review, but I would absolutely pay a credit for it. I truly enjoyed it. So if you want something different, give this a try.

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Great story

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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Good Story!

The beginning was a tad slow for me, but I really got into the story towards the end. The narration sounded as if it was being read in a hallway, but it was still good.

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Too much for a 19 year old to bear

indigenous-people, urban-fantasy, faerie, family-dynamics, grieving, magic

In way too short a time 19 year old Cat suffers loss of loved ones and the loss of her reality. She learns what really happened to her mother, as well as the real significance of the graveyard at their home. Raised in a mortuary she has seen other people's corpses, and raised by a mother attuned to natural healing she was in college for premed. But nothing could have prepared her to come face to face with a whole new kind of reality. Maybe she should have been reading about Harry Dresden and Mercy Thompson instead of anatomy and physiology. I found the novel addicting and entrancing despite the wrenchingly sad parts.
Stephanie Fritz was amazing as narrator and made me really glad to have her pronounce the words of other languages.

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It was ok

This book was ok. It was not the worst book I ever read, but I didn’t love it either. I doubt I will ever listen to it again. I didn’t love the characters. But I felt that the book was creative.

Please keep in mind that I am a little older then the target audience.

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  • 04-28-21

Beautiful

This book is just what I needed in a love story and holds a special part of my heart , the 1st of an amazing series that can be listened to many times

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  • Jessica Wolfe
  • 10-23-20

Too Dark for Me

I didn’t finish this book, the narration and world building is decent but there’s SO much death. Multiple deaths of key people in relation to the protagonist, it makes it all too sad and dark to find the emerging romance and supernatural world diverting

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  • miss Amanda Seddon
  • 10-17-20

great story lines

Rose Petal Graves (The Lost Clan Book 1) is wonderfully original. Not only because if it’s genuine feel (I really want to find out that Rowan is a real town: it must be, even without fae) but also because of the genuine feel to its characters (definitely including the conniving fae, and their conflicts with the hunters) and the wonderful folklore and world-building created to support the story. Add on a wonderful lead, as I love Catori Price (though I don’t envy her the choices she has to make) and a well written plot with a number of totally unexpected twists and turns (nope, not gonna spoil them) and perfectly crafted characters. The result is one great read. But for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review my husband from my hospital bed I could go on and on with praises - the book definitely deserves it. Since I can’t do that I will simply note that the book is most definitely one to read, and it is easy to highly recommend. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.

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  • Roger P.
  • 10-16-20

Great story

I really enjoyed this story. Can't wait to read the next one. You really get captured in whats true or not and it turns into this whole mystery.

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  • Sally Goddard
  • 10-12-20

Enchanted

Loved the narration that brought the story alive for me. I'm with Catori trying to work out what is the truth and that kept me listening and now eager to listen to more of the 5 book series.

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  • inga
  • 10-01-20

A book for Fae lovers

I received a free audio copy of this book directly from the author for an honest review.

4 1/2⭐️
I must admit I kept this one on my audiobook shelf a little bit longer than I should have but once I got to it I was really surprised and completely hooked. I wish I’d stumbled across it sooner! I really enjoyed the characters and the depth of them. I really loved all the secondary characters too no one really seemed out of place. Maybe at times the plot was a little bit confusing but then I think the MC Cat was so confused at times of who was on the right side maybe it was a reflection of that? The world building is really interesting set in the town of Rowan mostly the real world but adding the world of fae and fae hunters. Definitely worth a read for fae lovers.

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  • Vana
  • 07-21-20

Fairies versus

My favorite books feature a normal girl who finds herself in an unusual world. This one did not disappoint. There was a good amount of character build up and more than enough background. Things did get a bit confusing for me in some parts so be prepared to listen closely or re-listen to some of those parts. The names are unusual so it’s often hard to keep track but a careful listen and you see how much time and effort this author put into laying the foundation for a superb series.

This book is about fairies and their enemies and the girl stuck between the two. There’s love triangles and fighting and a lot of death. Lots of unexpected moments.

The narration was phenomenal!

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  • Brianna Belbin
  • 07-14-20

Interesting story

I received a free audiobook from the author and the review group Audiobx in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Catori has always had a complicated relationship with her home town of Rowan. It's a quiet town where nothing happens, until Catori's mother dies unexpectedly. She comes home determined to find out who killed her mother, even when everyone tries to convince her it was a heart attack. Catori finds the grave her mother had been digging up and the casket is only filled with rose petals. Things only begin to get stranger from there.

Catori is part Gottwa tribe, a fantasy tribe that has Ojibwe influences. I will admit that I was a little hesitant to read this in light of the BLM movement occurring, and the move to amplify melanated voices or Native voices in this case. Knowing it is a fantasy tribe does help a bit, but I still think you should look towards own voices Native reviewers for a true opinion on this book.

This book is basically a fae vs fae hunter story. However, for a good majority of the book, we and our protagonist Cat, have no idea which side is the right side if there even is a right side. Cat's situation is also compounded by the fact that her mother's death was caused by the awakening of her ancestors. Cat and her father are doing their best to hold on, but with Cat being pulled into this centuries old conflict, she doesn't know who she can trust let alone involve.

The magic in this world was confusing at times and didn't seem to have any concrete rules. But overall, I did enjoy the story and I'm curious to see what happens next.

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 08-23-19

Rose Petal Graves

This is definitely one of the most unique stories that I have listened to in quite a while. I really enjoyed listening to this book and trying to decide which side Catori should be on and who was being deceitful towards her. On top of all this she has so much loss she has to deal with and yet the strength to move on. A very good listen!

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  • Relleman
  • 08-06-19

Loved, loved it!!

Wow. This one sounded so good from the blurb. It did not disappoint. I was sucked in from just about the moment I started, who needs sleep, right. I had to finish, I had to know. The world building and character growth was amazing. I got to say forget the fairy, and go for the hunter. I just downloaded more in this series in kindle unlimited, cause I have to read more. I’ve never read this author before, I am so glad I have now. The narrator did a great job reading and preforming the different voices. I was never confused on who was speaking or how they were feeling.