Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova
Krassi Zourkova’s Wildalone is an intoxicating debut. Zourkova weaves an intriguing tale that blends Bulgarian and Greek mythology in a unique way. At times, the writing falters, yet it possesses an ethereal quality that keeps the plot, pacing, and descriptions in tact. Thea is a bit too naïve at times, but she remains a likeable heroine and narrator with an admirable passion for music and determination to hunt for answers. The mystery surrounding her family and the mythology are the novel’s strongest elements, while the romance is a bit lackluster. Rhys comes across as too demanding and manipulative, though slightly redeems himself once the grand reveal occurs. His brother, Jake, is more likeable, and I wish his relationship with Thea was explored a little more. Overall, Wildalone is a dark and sensual novel that will enthrall readers from beginning to end.