In this darkly imaginative debut novel full of myth, magic, romance, and mystery, a Princeton freshman is drawn into a love triangle with two enigmatic brothers and discovers terrifying secrets about her family and herself - a bewitching blend of Twilight, The Secret History, Jane Eyre, and A Discovery of Witches.
For every world, there is an underworld.
Arriving at Princeton for her freshman year, Thea Slavin finds herself alone, a stranger in a strange land. Away from her family and her Eastern European homeland for the first time, she struggles to adapt to unfamiliar American ways and the challenges of college life - including a young man whose brooding good looks and murky past intrigue her. Drawn to the elusive Rhys and his equally handsome and mysterious brother Jake, she ventures into a sensual mythic underworld as irresistible as it is dangerous.
In this shadow world that seems to evoke Greek mythology and the Bulgarian legends of the samodivi, or "wildalones" - forest witches who beguile and entrap men - Thea will discover a family secret bound to transform her forever... if she can accept that dead doesn't always mean gone, and love doesn't always distinguish between the two.
Mesmerizing and addictive, Wildalone is a thrilling blend of the modern and the fantastical. Krassi Zourkova creates an atmospheric world filled with rich characters as compelling as those of Diana Gabaldon, Deborah Harkness, and Stephenie Meyer.
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Subtly paranormal romance
The narration was a perfect fit for me.
Although I began to wonder if this was purely a romance, it did have an aura of the mythical running throughout. The story develops around a 'mistake' , seems rather unlikely to me. However I really enjoyed the musical references and, for me, the different take on fantasy.
No favourites, Barrie definately added hugely to my ratings for this book.
Nothing had a great emotional pull.
I read a lot of fantasy books, this one was different from most of the contemporary in a good way. Overall I enjoyed it and was glad I'd bought it. A satisfying purchase that I virtually listened to none stop till it ended! (BTW I too was a bit disappointed by the ending)