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Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein – A YA Native American Fantasy Novel

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.


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Our Summary

Rose Petal Graves is a YA Native American fantasy novel set in a quiet town called Rowan. The story follows Cat, a girl who has to unravel the mystery of an ancient grave her mother dug up – a grave with no corpse but is filled with rose petals. All the while, strange people arrive in Rowan – handsome and old, who are there because their enemies, Cat’s ancestors, have awakened. Fans of The Iron Fey series and The Lightning Thief will enjoy this YA mythological fantasy, which will keep you thrilled until the very end.

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What Readers Are Saying

Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein is fabulous read. Wildenstein has a great hand for character development, description, and pacing. One of the opening scenes depicts a snow-swept cemetery. That image lingered with me, along with the characters and events in the story, for days after reading it.” – Melanie Karsak, Amazon reviewer ★★★★★
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The entire cast of this story is incredible. Wildenstein has a great talent for bringing her characters to life, no matter how minor their role is in the story. Its fascinating, and really helps this small town seem like one you might actually know along the Great Lakes.” – Marissa, Amazon reviewer ★★★★★
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What I loved most about the book is the world that Olivia created. The setting itself, and it’s history was amazing to read about. The author has definitely put in a lot of time and research to make this world good. Every setting the characters visited were described perfectly, it really makes you feel like you’re in the book. And the history created, is so rich that it feels like it could be a real town.” – Aneta, Amazon reviewer ★★★★
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About the Author

Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City and completed her undergraduate studies at Brown University. She has a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature. She now lives with her husband and her three children in Geneva, Switzerland, where she is an active member of the writing community. You can visit her online at You can also follow her on Twitter @OWildWrites.

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Preview the Book

Rose Petal Graves is a YA Native American mythology book that will appeal to fans of fantasy, folk tales, fairy tales, mysterious graves, hidden villages, American Indians, strange deaths, age-old rivalries, strange creatures, and heroines with powerful ancestors.

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