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Rose Petal Graves

The Lost Clan, Book 1
Narrated by: Stephanie Fritz
Series: The Lost Clan, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Summary

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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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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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.

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  • Spirited
  • 29-07-17

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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  • Armagno
  • 21-08-19

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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  • brenda l. moreno
  • 18-08-19

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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  • LC ADEA
  • 08-08-19

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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  • JoAnna B
  • 22-07-17

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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  • Peachesnbeal
  • 21-07-17

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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  • Jan
  • 19-07-17

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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  • Jeannie
  • 16-01-20

Are you ready to fall in?

I would give this book 10 stars if I could. This book is everything you want in a book. Amazing. Awesome. Captivating. Mesmerizing. Truly excellent writing. Great job by the narrator also.

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  • Jaclyn679
  • 13-12-19

mysteries and magic

This was a great book that was full of magic and mystery. I enjoyed the characters and guessing what would happen next. The writing was well done, and all the characters were thought out and developed. I enjoyed the style of writing and steady pace of the story. I also really enjoyed the Gottwas tribe and the mix of societies, worlds, and people in this story! I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • L.j.
  • 29-10-19

Interesting story filled with Faeries and Fae-Hunters

When Catori’s mom unexpectedly dies from a heartattack despite always being healthy and only in her forties, Cat flies home to Rowan, a small boring town she couldn’t wait to escape go to college in Boston. Since her mom was the small town’s only coroner, another one has to come to town to prepare her mom for the funeral. Nothing weird about that.
But then the weird things start. When Cat comes home, late in the evening, the coroner guy is already at her house, leaning casually against his car waiting. Two days early and at a weird hour. The dude is hot and has this demeanor that is not quite normal but is still subtle enough to not be too alarming, although I felt he acted suspicious from the first “encounter”. Asking or stating weird things like why there was a wind chime on the porch in front of the front door and suggesting she takes it off due to the bad weather forecast. When seeing a coffin asking HER -in another room, I might add- if she can open it for him (?) So weird. They’re not even in the same room as the coffin with him not having free hands to do it himself but he actually brings it up to her in another room, asking her if she can open it for him. Such weird things to say and ask. It doesn’t take long to place just why he’s a bit weird and after Cat has buried her mom, she is inevitably thrown into a feud between Faeries and (ancient) Faerie Hunters. It’s not clear which side she should be on and she is “thrown” back and forth between a number of characters and needs to find her way, protect her loved ones and finding out just what is going on (and how to resolve it) through explanations such as altered truths and convictions that may or may not be resembling the truth of things that started 200 years ago... The Gottwa tribe had taken some major risks 200 years ago to grow their own strength to be able to survive and defeat their enemy in the future, as The Great Spirit instructed them.
And after the mailman drops of a book ordered by her mom, some things start to make sense and her mom’s believes and superstitions were not so far fetched anymore.
This book is good. The storyline is awesome. The story itself took some getting used to. It is not the easiest read to read when you’re already tired since there are a lot of characters and details and explanations in this book. It’s a bit more dialogue and explanation instead of the “instant-action-full-time” sort of books these days but I found it a great balance between action and explanation because we really get to experience the doubt about which side would be the truthful side and all that. It’s easy to forget how confusing and doubtful it is for Cat at the times she is helping the group that has done her some great grievings (deliberately vague here so as not to spoiler anything) but just imagine seeing someone hurt in front of you and you don’t know whether they’re good or bad but you do know you’re help is what will keep them from dying. That level of doubt could not have been achieved with all time action instead of taking some unknown fae or hunter’s words into account. After all, it is only their side of the story, the truth has been lost for 200 years by the time Cat’s dealing with all this. So no, not the easiest book (not that it’s very complicated but you do need to have a clear mind imo) to read but so worth it.
I very much like the storyline. There are a lot of Gottwa terms (the language of the native tribe that funded Rowan and are the fae hunters) and some Faeli terms (the Faerie language) throughout this book but there is a cheatsheet for that in the book (listeners can look up the ebook-sample for easy access). These terms are not too frequent and I found it a nice addition to the storyline, especially considering the fact that the fae hunter that was awoken from her 200 year slumber isn’t used to the normal English like every human on the planet. That little thing has been performed to perfection by the narrator btw, she gives that 200 y.o. hunter an accent that fits the storyline perfectly.
I love how it ends, not exactly finished but no cliffhangers so you could just leave it at that (ok, some questions won’t be answered and some problems are still very much a problem but still, great ending for a first part in a trilogy) but still there’s a promise that the story does continue, I like it that way.
So all in all, a very interesting story that makes me wanting to listen to or read the sequel now!