||The Wild Rose Press
||August 8, 2008
Dark Parnormal Romance-May be unsuitable for some readers
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Pita Sedgewick’s quiet life suddenly takes
an adventurous and more complicated
twist with an ordinary trip to the grocery
store where she is approached by an old
woman who claims to be a ‘seer’ and has
vital information Pita must know. The
woman hands Pita a business card that
she considers dumping on the nearest
display shelf, but instead she pockets the
card. Curiosity gets the better of her a few
days later and Pita goes to hear what the
woman has to say.
From that moment on, Pita’s life becomes
a mystical journey of seeking the truth of
her heritage which leads her precariously
down the road of Gypsy folklore and
magic, shape-shifters, an eventful trip to
Romania in search of her birthplace and
the means to end an age old curse put
upon a family she never knew…her family.
They came to a clearing. The gray and Pita kept to the heavy undergrowth. Pita got down on all fours and followed the wolf, keeping her head down to shield her face from the backlash of the dense foliage. Branches pulled at her hair and scraped her arms as they neared the edge of a wide clearing. The scent of wet leaves and moss wafted up and dampness seeped into her clothing. She sat back on her legs as quietly as possible and peered through the bushes into the clearing. She gasped but covered her mouth before any sound escaped.
Before her was a caravan of Gypsies. A circle of vehicles surrounded them: old pickup trucks with homemade camper-like additions built into the back beds, station wagons, and even old horse-drawn carts right out of an old Gypsy movie. About thirty people milled about. Some sat by a large fire talking loudly and laughing, while others worked at some project or other and children ran about playing amongst themselves and a couple of mangy dogs.
“The dogs...” Pita didn't finish her thought. She couldn't speak. At that moment time stopped. Her eyes locked with those frightening dark ones of the Matriarch, the woman from the plane. The cold black orbs seemed to focus on her.
“She knows we're here.” Pita whispered.
“Yes...” That single word burned in her head like a hot branding iron. The wolf leaned against Pita as if to comfort her, to let her know it was there beside her. But she felt no comfort just cold fear like icy water running through her veins.
Malevolent eyes bore into hers, dark fathomless hatred reflected within. Then the woman's voice sliced into Pita's head.
“Go back from whence you came. You will not win, Pita Sedgwick…”
Bitten By Books/Curse of the Marhime 4.5
Pita Sedgwick lives in the northern Rockies of Montana on 8 acres of land. Growing up she has always felt comfortable near or in the forest. After a chance meeting with an older woman who is a seer in a grocery store, she finds out that her adoptive parents had kept a great deal from her.
Sasha, Pita’s best friend since they were children talks her into searching her past through old pictures that Pita found in her parents belongings. Between Sasha and her parents, they figure it is Romania by the background and people in the photos. Sasha talks Pita into a trip to Romania so she may locate her birth parents.
Nikolae Ionesciu is sitting next to Pita on the plane. He says hello with a boyish lopsided grin, she is speechless and struck stupid. When they shake hands it feels like electricity runs between them. He is very attracted to her and talks her into letting him show her around Munich during a layover. After a few hours they say their goodbyes and each board a different plane.
Pita Sedgwick meets an old woman in a grocery store who tells her that she must speak with her. The older woman tells her to be careful of whom she trusts. After meeting with her Pita’s past seems to be one big lie. She flies to Romania to find out about her birth parents. The more she digs for information the more questions come up. Soon she is threatened but she does not know who to trust to help her because everyone seems to lie to her.
This was an awesome book. I hate to use that word but it is the only one I can think of to describe it. The story line was well thought out and ran smoothly through the entire book. During the book you are trying to figure out who is lying to her just like she is. I have to admit that I was wrong on a few of them. Niko or Nikolae had the right amount of heart and strength to become one of those memorable heroes. I cannot wait for book two!
Manic Readers/Curse of the Marhime 4.0
Pita Sedgewick's life has taken a turn for the weirdest. First a strange gypsy fortuneteller stops her in the supermarket then she almost runs off the road to avoid hitting a wolf with her car. Don't even get her started about the strange dreams about shape-shifting to go running with wolves, and suddenly she finds herself curious about her birth parents. Who are they, where are they from and why did they give her up? Her list of questions grows the closer she gets to the answers. How does a girl come to terms with the discovery that she's not quite human?
Dayana Knight's Curse of the Marhime is the first in her Roma Wolf Tales series. With plot twists and turns aplenty, the ups and downs in the book make reading it an intellectual rollercoaster. Who should she trust, who will betray her, why and when are all questions that beat at your brain throughout the story. And just when you think you have the whole thing figured out, it changes again. I just love a book that keeps me guessing and if the first is anything to go by this series definitely will.
Coffee Time Romance/Curse of the Marhime 4.0
Pita Sedgwick meets an old woman in a supermarket who claims to be a seer with an urgent message for her. Pita believes it an omen, like a disaster about to happen, until she starts seeing a strange wolf before her eyes.
Nikolae Ionesciu, or Niko, was born in Hungary, and grew up in Northern Romania, living among the Bohemian artists, painting and learning. His days are spent traveling between the United States and Romanian. He makes Pita’s acquaintance on the airplane.
No sooner than the words of the seer stun Pita, she heads home, to almost hit a gray wolf in the middle of the road. She sets out to visit the seer which only piques her interest about her family’s past that sends her on a trip to Romania for answers. On the plane she meets Niko and they instantly form a bond. While in Romania, he shows her the sights. As her search continues for answers, so does her relationship with Niko, along with imagines of wolves and shape-shifting. With each passing day, Pita questions, is it all real, or has it been lies and a string of fabrications, as Niko unlocks more doors for her.
Curse of the Marhime has instances that gave me tingling sensations down my spine. I was completely drawn to the storyline and love the little dark moments. From the shape-shifting, the gypsies, and the wolves, I found this an incredible read. The discoveries that Pita endures are quite heartwarming at times. Dayana Knight weaves a delightful tale, with two refreshing characters amidst some wild spins that even made this reader wonder who to trust. She knows how to keep the reader on their toes. If the first book is this awesome, I can hardly wait for the others in the series.
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