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Publisher's 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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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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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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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 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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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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Amazing!!

I have never read or listened to anything quite like this story and it was amazing. I was sucked in from the very first words spoken by the narrator and could not stop listening.

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Drew me in right away!

There are not that many books that draw you in right away these days! This book is one of them well it was for me. If was different from a lot of other books I have listened to. The characters were interesting. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.

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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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Good concept — poor execution. There were so many leaps of faith in logic and in the timing of events that I was taken out of the story many times. The narrator was also so-so. She sounds like a bored teenager reading her book report to the class. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it past the first few chapters.

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  • Julia S
  • 02-06-22

intriguing start to this YA pnr series

I listened to the audio version of Rose Petal Graves and overall it was a good start to this YA pnr series. The female narrator was easy to listen to and expressive. Tough job with all the different male characters, but she did a great job. 

Told from Catori's (Cat) pov, it did take me a little while to get into it. There was a lot of information, non human terms and names of the Faeries and Hunters in particular. There was a list of character and terms which really helped, so once I'd got my head around it all, the story started to flow.

The second halve captured my imagination as the plot thickened. Who was telling the truth amongst the lies, who could Catori really trust as she navigated this new to her secret world of Faeries and Hunters? I don't know yet, but there are a lot of secrets that need to be revealed about the Hunter tribe and the mysterious, tricky Faeries with the hatred between them. War is brewing with Catori stuck right in the middle.  There were small elements of potential romance, but it could go in several ways. The main focus wasn't on that, but I'm sure it will develop.

I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next!

Rating audio 4.25, story 3.75

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  • Amanda Coles
  • 09-26-21

Enthralling new take on a Fae series!

Rose Petal Graves is the first in Olivia's fae series and it begins with a bang. I read the kindle version of this book but due to my new love of audiobooks I knew that I had to get this series next. Olivia really knows how to write such amazing stories with astounding detail and precision that I honestly couldn't pick favourite loving them all equally.

Catori Price, is of Gottwa descent though she doesn't really care very much about her heritage. Her training to become a doctor is interrupted as news of the death of her beloved mother calls her back to Rowan. A small town she returns to her childhood home next to a cemetery. From the moment she learns of her mother's death she knows something else is going on but she could never have imagined the truth.

In walks Cruz Vega, the attractive medical examiner here to discern the cause of her mother's death ... or is he? Cruz is not all he seems to be and his rich celebrity friends the Woods are no different. Catori immediately feels an attraction towards him due to his kind, caring nature and his good looks don't hurt. But Cruz Vega is also technically unavailable since he is engaged to Lily Wood. And her brother Ace is such an arrogant, cocky guy full on confidence and charm immediately makes her hackles rise and sets her blood boiling in his presence. But these visitors to Rowan are not all they appear, they're not even human!

As if the death of her mother, the arrival of Cruz, Ace and Lily and another tragic event isn't enough she also has to contend with ... dead relatives rising from their graves? Catori begins to learn that there is so much more to Rowan than she first thought. Fae are real and she is descended from a long line of faerie hunters who buried themselves alive to escape the Fae who wanted them dead. And what's with all the rose petals and why is everyone so concerned about a book sent to Catori from an unknown person?

There are endless twists and turns in this book and just when you think you have the rest of the plot figured out everything changes! The audio voice in this book is simply amazing and she really made the book come alive doing both male and female parts and now I can't think about the book without thinking in those voices. A great book well worth a listen or a read whichever you fancy.

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 08-24-21

Fae Fantasy Drama

Catori is a normal teenage girl, living a normal teenage life, until she isn’t. Following the death of her mother Cat returns from College in Boston to be with her dad in her hometown of Rowan. Herein starts a rollercoaster of a ride for her and her friends and family. It appears her mother’s death is a catalyst for supernatural creatures to return to Rowan. Fae and Fae hunters being the primary newcomers. As is the case with many supernatural stories, the storyline is complex, and if you don’t pay attention you can lose the plot, literally. Wonderful characters, a very addictive storyline, including sexy Fae with attitude, and their equally sexy hunters. Lots to keep you entertained. Perfect narration from Stephanie Fritz, a new to me narrator, who, I must say did a stellar job. It can sometimes get a little repetitive listening to the same voice for so long. This was not the case with Stephanie. I’m eager to start the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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!