My Rating: 3/5 stars
Publisher: Weapenry Co-Op/Olivia Wildenstein
Publish date: March 29th, 2017
Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
Myth and fantasy collide in “the most haunting love story,” perfect for fans of Maas’s A Court of Thorns & Roses and Pocahontas.
ANCIENT SECRETS CANNOT REMAIN BURIED FOREVER.
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.
This book was like candy to my heart. I love it with everything in me, but it is still just a bit unhealthy. I read this book in two very delicious days and it was a whole lot of fun for me.
I enjoyed its offness. The constent setting of a graveyard, the ruffled browning skin of decaying corpses, and the morbid reality that Catori and her father drive a hearse everywhere they go. There was so many places for beautiful imagery to give life to a darkly riviting story, but sadly the lush writing I wished was present didn’t make much of an appearance.
The folk lore, the tribal spell casting, a racial and familial rivalry between two very magical races. There was so much substance in the very idea of this story, but when put into action there were way more instances of telling when I wished to be immersed and shown. There were too many conversations with questions and answers that, while interesting, I wanted the ideas to be shown to me rather then have all the answers given within a conversation.
I also felt as though I didn’t get to know enough about Catori as a character, because I didn’t get to truly live within her as a breathing and wholly alive human being. The most developed character for me was Ace, but that was only because he has such a loud personality and he in a way makes it so you never forget him and I loved that about him. His fierce protectiveness of his mute fae sister. His sarcasm and his ability to look past a persons outer layers really stood out to me and it felt weird to me that he’s the one I think of even though the entire story is told through Catori’s eyes.
I feel like Catori doesn’t really know who she is or who she wants to be, and that hesitance and her tendency to be very unsure makes it harder for me to know her well. I also feel like she alows herself to get involved in romantic situations too quickly and while she is in them she is afraid to commit and it leaves a lot of room to get a lot of people hurt.
As for the love interests, Cruz the handsome Fae, isn’t present long enough for me to know enough about him, but I do like the immpresions he gives off. I think I definitely have a mini-crush on him. Then we have Kajika, brooding and native Kajika. I don’t know what to think about him either, but I like his confidence. He feels a bit of a safer bet, but I can never be sure. I have reasons that would be too spoliery to meantion to further how I really feel about him. You could say I have a mini-crush on him too.
Overall I have to say I wanted more. I still want more. I am definitely looking forward to book 2. I need that piece of candy in my life as soon as possible.
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-Till next time!