In this darkly imaginative debut novel full of myth, magic, romance, and mystery, a Princeton freshman is drawn into a love triangle with two enigmatic brothers and discovers terrifying secrets about her family and herself - a bewitching blend of Twilight, The Secret History, Jane Eyre, and A Discovery of Witches.
For every world, there is an underworld.
Arriving at Princeton for her freshman year, Thea Slavin finds herself alone, a stranger in a strange land. Away from her family and her Eastern European homeland for the first time, she struggles to adapt to unfamiliar American ways and the challenges of college life - including a young man whose brooding good looks and murky past intrigue her. Drawn to the elusive Rhys and his equally handsome and mysterious brother Jake, she ventures into a sensual mythic underworld as irresistible as it is dangerous.
In this shadow world that seems to evoke Greek mythology and the Bulgarian legends of the samodivi, or "wildalones" - forest witches who beguile and entrap men - Thea will discover a family secret bound to transform her forever... if she can accept that dead doesn't always mean gone, and love doesn't always distinguish between the two.
Mesmerizing and addictive, Wildalone is a thrilling blend of the modern and the fantastical. Krassi Zourkova creates an atmospheric world filled with rich characters as compelling as those of Diana Gabaldon, Deborah Harkness, and Stephenie Meyer.
©2015 Krassi Zourkova (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
The narration was a perfect fit for me.
Although I began to wonder if this was purely a romance, it did have an aura of the mythical running throughout. The story develops around a 'mistake' , seems rather unlikely to me. However I really enjoyed the musical references and, for me, the different take on fantasy.
No favourites, Barrie definately added hugely to my ratings for this book.
Nothing had a great emotional pull.
I read a lot of fantasy books, this one was different from most of the contemporary in a good way. Overall I enjoyed it and was glad I'd bought it. A satisfying purchase that I virtually listened to none stop till it ended! (BTW I too was a bit disappointed by the ending)
Truly enjoyable, masterful and intriguing. Inspiring and craftful account of multi layer worlds. Highly recommend it for a refreshing look into creativity
"Different! And I love that about it!"
A story never told before.
The pacing and the fantasy.
That's just not an option for me.
Even though the ending was disappointing to me, the rest of the ride was worth it.
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