Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin....
Firstborns rule society. Secondborns are the property of the government. Thirdborns are not tolerated. Long live the Fates Republic....
Peter has always been the one Gemma has turned to. It is his shoulder she cries on, and it is he who knows her better than anyone else....
Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children....
My name is Jemma Blackburn, and I have a secret. I know vampires are real. I watched one murder my father eight months ago....
Soon-to-be college freshman Evie Claremont had hoped that once she'd arrived on Crestwood's campus, the nightmare that she'd been having would go away. It hasn't....
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.
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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What did you love best about Rose Petal Graves?
Main female character - she has a charisma, will, and power. She can handle all those problems around her and her ancestors.
What other book might you compare Rose Petal Graves to and why?
This is urban fantasy, and I can compare it with The City of Bones, even more - this book is much better!
Which character – as performed by Stephanie Fritz – was your favorite?
I like everyone performed by Stephanie Fritz because she is a very good narrator. I never lose the line of who tells what to whom. But most of all - Cruz. I don't know how but Stephanie made him a really charming.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It was interesting to listen because of a good narrator.
Any additional comments?
Stephanie Fritz did a great job. Thank you!<br/>Olivia Wildenstein wrote a good book. Thank you!<br/>Just not my cup of tea.
Overall I really enjoyed this story especially the mix of myth and fantasy. I did find the lead a bit frustrating with her rash decision making & quick to trust those who should not be trusted. Oh and don;t get me started on the love triangle, they annoy me but thankfully that did not overwhelm the story. Narrator Stephanie Fritz did a wonderful job at bringing the characters to life. I look forward to more from this Author & Narrator
If you could sum up Rose Petal Graves in three words, what would they be?
Family, magic, friendship
Have you listened to any of Stephanie Fritz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This was the first.
Any additional comments?
Catori has never really believed her mother's stories of their Gottwa ancestors, but when she has to return home suddenly on her mother's death, she soon finds out there was more truth to it than she ever imagined. She learns she not just simply human, and the warring Hunters and Fae are both very interested in her. She sympathises with both groups at different times, though they are extremely dangerous and both bring her so much grief.<br/>Though Catori is only 19, she seems quite immature for a smart college girl, and the way she deals with people she doesn't like is a bit like a bratty 13 year old. But her relationships with her father and others she cares about, redeem her. She has some very hard decisions coming up.
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. <br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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. ;)
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!
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.