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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
Graveyard Rose by Ginny Clyde is set in the time of fancy dresses and horse-drawn carriages, yet is not your average paranormal romance. Nothing about Lena is typical. She may wear the fancy dresses to parties when required, but she is a Guardian, the only female in the ranks, and she works hard to prove her worth. Far away in Transylvania, Graveyard Rose tells us the story of a time when a select group of families was appointed as Guardians and their job was to protect the land from the upstart vampires and werewolves. At this time the werewolves are not organized, they do not hunt in packs yet and they haven't been able to access their humanity while in the wolf form. Not only does Lena protect the land, but she protects her younger sister and would do anything for her. Author Ginny Clyde tells the story of her struggles in a patriarchal society and her desire to just take care of her family.
Graveyard Rose is titled as the first book in a series, but a note inside the book mentions that it is part one of a full novel. However you want to think of it, this book starts off the story of Lena and her life, the area where she is living, and the situation going on in that time. Trouble is, it ends just as it is getting intriguing! Of course, that is just another good way for author Ginny Clyde to make sure that you will be reading the next book. This book has adventure and hints of romance. It combines fantasy, paranormal, historical and Gothic themes. It is reasonably clean, so I would be more than willing to allow my middle schooler to read it. Good read for adults and younger as well!