Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Published: March 29th 2017
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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I’m very confused on how I want to rate this.
I really really liked the entire book. The writing was good, the characters were interesting, and the plot was moving fast enough to keep getting me more and more interested in what was happening.
But ya know what, when I started to really think more and more about the plot and what the hell was happening, I wasn’t really sure how I felt about the book anymore.
As of lately, book twitter has been opening my eyes not only towards diversity, but also the problems of using cultures that aren’t your own in books. I mean, authors can have the best intentions when writing about something, and still get it wrong. However, I really can’t say whether this one was done right or not due to the fact that I’m not a part of the Native American culture I think was attempting to be portrayed in this book. I like the idea of the back story and who these warriors and fae were, but then again, I don’t know if those are actually real or not. But the way that the warriors, who I’m assuming were meant to be Native American, are addressed as primitive and like they aren’t as civilized as the fae are, who are described as super pale and ‘classy’, probably is not a terribly good thing.
I noticed a few of my favorite diversity twitters pointing out similar problems in books earlier this year, and so I figured I would throw out there that I think this may be a problem…? Again, I’m not sure, so don’t quote me, but I would be very interested to know what your thoughts are on this one!
Then again, I could be totally wrong about this one, and maybe this is a real tale and the author was just putting her spin on it, but I’m not going to say for sure either way; I just would like to see more qualified people speaking out about it.
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!