Book Reviews

Book Review: Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein

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Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Lost Clan #1
Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Recommend to Others?: No


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.


My Review: I did not like Rose Petal Graves. The premise was intriguing so I was looking forward to reading this book. The covers for the entire series are gorgeous! It would involve faeries (which I love) and a fictional Tribe.

My interest lasted maybe a chapter or so before I wanted to (and almost did) dnf this book. I kept reading because I hoped it would get better with more information but it didn’t. I struggled to keep reading and ended up skipping through uneventful parts.

I didn’t like the writing. It seemed like there were…missing pieces to make the story flow and the scenes detailed and impactful. The writing felt mechanical and methodical, a laundry list. There was no action or tension. A scene would build up but quickly let down.

The main character, Catora, was unlikable. She was reckless and at times would make poor, somewhat selfish decisions.

The love triangle was confusing with no real attraction or foundation.

There were good things about this book. Catora’s dad was the only character I liked. I liked that with this fictional tribe and the fae the author made up her own cool language and customs for both. And she included a dictionary, which I always welcome.

Rose Petal Graves wasn’t for me. It has decent, favorable ratings on Goodreads, so it may be worth the read. I couldn’t immerse myself in the story.

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