Wildalone: A Novel

Wildalone: A Novel

by Krassi Zourkova


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In this enchanting and 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.

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 an enigmatic young man whose brooding good looks and murky past intrigue her. Falling into a romantic entanglement with Rhys and his equally handsome and mysterious brother, Jake, soon draws Thea into a sensual mythic underworld as irresistible as it is dangerous.

In this shadow world that seems to mimic Greek mythology and the Bulgarian legends of the Samodivi or “wildalones”—forest witches who beguile and entrap men—she will discover a shocking secret that threatens everything she holds dear. And when the terrifying truth about her own family is revealed, it will transform her forever . . . if she falls under its spell.

Mesmerizing and addictive, The Wildalone is a thrilling blend of the modern and the fantastic. Krassi Zourkova creates an atmospheric world filled with rich characters as fascinating and compelling as those of Diana Gabaldon, Deborah Harkness, and Stephenie Meyer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062328021
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/06/2015
Series: Wildalone Sagas Series
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Krassi Zourkova grew up in Bulgaria and moved to the United States to study art history at Princeton. After college, she graduated from Harvard Law School, and she has practiced finance law in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, where she currently lives. Her poems have appeared in various literary journals, and her essay, "Book Collecting in the Absence of Books," about compiling a personal library under Communist censorship, won first prize in essay contests at Princeton and Harvard. Krassi is an accomplished musician, and her love of Chopin and her national folklore inspired Wildalone.

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The Wildalone 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
MickLovesBooks More than 1 year ago
First off I loved the Greek mythology. It's always been my favorite so I really loved that it started with it. Thea arrives at Princeton to get some answers and ends up with so many more questions. I was pulled in from the beginning trying to figure out the mysterious "stalker" and then later really enjoyed the love triangle. This story kept me pulled in until the end and made me want more when it was over. I cannot wait for book 2! I highly recommend this book!
bookloverfl12 More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy mythology, this book is for you. With all the hype around this book, I thought I better see what it is all about regardless that I do not prefer mythology/fantasy type books. The book was well written but I did not like the audio book narrator. I think if mythology was a favorite topic, I would have really loved this book.
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
I loved the mythology in the story.  I enjoyed reading about Thea's experiences as a foreigner in the US, especially at Princeton.  The past mystery about her sister was also good.  And while I could definitely feel how hot the relationship was with Rhys, it just was almost too insta-love for me.  Not only that, he was so possessive it was kind of hard to like him at first.  For him to come in an assume she would do all the things he tried at the start, well, I didn't have a whole lot of respect for her for putting up with it the way she did.  If people think Edward was bad in Twilight (which I didn't think he was), then they will probably not like Rhys in this book.  I guess we can forgive her because as I mentioned, she was new to the country.  However it definitely kept me reading, and it left off in a way that I can't wait to read on, although I'm not sure when a sequel might be out.  I only know that I'll be waiting to read it!
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KristinaLeigh More than 1 year ago
Wildalone is a wonderfully enchanting debut novel. Never before have I read a novel written by someone who is originally from a different country, but I am really glad I ventured out with this one. (This story and author have me very interested in venturing out even more.) This novel was beautiful. Both the writing and the gorgeous cover/designs inside the book. Originally it was the cover that drew me in, but what's inside the book matches quite well. The writer draws you in from the beginning with lyrical writing that flows as easily as some of the poems within the book.  The novel is also very hard to put down as there is so much going on throughout the novel; it really captures reader's attention. The story is as magical as the writing. I have a deep love and appreciation for Mythology from all cultures and this story is full of it! It is not only endlessly entertaining, but fascinating as well! I really enjoyed that Wildalone included many different aspects that worked really well as a whole. It is not only about a girl that leaves Bulgaria in order to attend Princeton, but a story that is full of mythology, romance, music, poetry and mystery.  Wildalone was a breath of fresh air, unique among the mythology/paranormal based stories that have been popular in the past several years. I'm interested to keep learning more and more about the folklore and mythology in the future books. I really enjoyed the characters, Thea especially. Rhys and Jake were great characters too. I struggled with Rhys for a bit, but I really grew to understand and appreciate him for the complex character he is. The relationship between the three main characters was really interesting to watch as it unfolded as it's not a typical love triangle. I would definitely recommend this story to anyone that loves mythology and would like a unique and beautifully written story! I am very much looking forward to the sequel to Wildalone! A big thank you to the author for sending me a copy for review!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book takes so many turns that it is amazing. If you are honest, you can become those characters. If you love supernatural themes, this is a great book for you.
Hsflawyer More than 1 year ago
The book was a gripping coming of age mystery-fantasy set at Princeton, fully intermixed with witchcraft, mythology and French poetry. I was unable to put it down. A terrific first novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It twists and turns fantasy and reality. Beautifully written. Visual. I am not musical so the symbolism got lost a few times. Cliffhanger...please tell me there is a sequel coming.
MeeshR More than 1 year ago
Took me awhile to get into this book, having gotten over the initial hump it was an interesting read until the end. Can you spell H A N G I N G, grrrr. Worse there is no indication that the sequel is in the works.
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Poorly written with a weak plot .
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The richness and depth of the writing really transported me into the story. Fantasy, but not to the extreme as other of the similar category/genre - this is what drew me in. Captivating storyline and oh so well written - loved it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coming to american whatever happened to a simple theme and vampires too ? Urge at least a catalog paragraph heading on blurbs with library of congress subjects to aid the reader especialky text page count as this ishmosh will be here two weeks what happened to freebie friday? why not classic fridsy and put in david copperfield