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3.27  ·  Rating details ·  3,651 ratings  ·  478 reviews
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.

Arriving at Princeton for her freshman year, Thea Slavin find
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by William Morrow
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Krassi Zourkova Hi Melissa,

So sorry to hear that you have not received your book! The two most recent giveaways were listed by me, whereas the February 8 one was run …more
Hi Melissa,

So sorry to hear that you have not received your book! The two most recent giveaways were listed by me, whereas the February 8 one was run directly by the publisher -- so I will follow up with them tomorrow and find out what happened (I am sure it was an unintended error or misdelivery somewhere in the mailing chain). Regardless, I would love to send you a copy immediately and you should have it in a couple of days (I can also sign and personalize it, if you prefer). Please message me your address and I will ship it out tomorrow! Again, apologies for the snafu, and I hope you enjoy the book!


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i was drawn to this book because 1) pretty cover and 2) The Secret History comp. which gets me every time.

and i understand that this book was described as a BLEND of Twilight, The Secret History, Jane Eyre, and A Discovery of Witches, but people have got to stop using The Secret History as a readalike; it generally does more harm than good unless the match is spot on (and it never is). yes, it'll attract readers to the book, but they won't be the right readers if the book is, say, a supernatura
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I'm walking away from this one. I'm not rating it either.
First the good:
The writing in this book is really good. There is a blend with Greek mythology and Bulgarian folklore involving the samodivi or wildalone that were some of the best I've read. Fascinating. I actually hate that I'm not going to stick around to see where that part plays out.
In the legends of my country, no creature is more beautiful or more cruel than the samodiva; the young witch of the forest who dances under a full mo
The premise of this book sounded SO good and totally in my wheelhouse, but ultimately there was nothing I enjoyed about it whatsoever. In fact, I resented the time I spent reading it, as I found nothing to redeem it. The writing was awkward and made it clear that Zourkova is not a native English speaker, the main heroine is spineless and a drip, and the two romantic interests are not compelling or alluring and mostly boss Thea around. The central mystery regarding her family's past is largely a ...more
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing guys, it really is. When I first read the tittle I was confused, because I didn’t know what it meant but as I read I understood. This book has a lot of Greek mythology and I just couldn’t stop reading. If you love Greek mythology, read this book. If you don’t like Greek mythology: still, read it. You’ll like it anway. Zourkova describes everything perfectly. Her way of writing is so rich, so pure and so open, I fell in love with it instantly. Zourkova has a wonderful story i ...more
I actually don't know what to think about this book. I feel like I really shouldn't have liked it, because there were so many things wrong with it - which I will expand upon below - but for some reason, I still did kind of like it. So, it gets the somewhat meaningless, stuck-in-limbo rating of 3 stars.

I'm saying this to myself for the thousandth time: I NEED TO STOP LISTENING TO COMPARISONS BOOKS MAKE TO OTHER BOOKS IN THEIR BLURBS. This particular one made the bold claim of "a bewitching blend
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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☆ I was gifted a copy of this title by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! ☆

Wow, this book was extremely complicated and complex! No joke!

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Wildalone mixes an innovative yet uncanny mixture of Greek and Bulgarian mythology while implementing a modern day twist to it.

It follows Thea Slavin-- a piano prodigy, who travels from her home country of Bulgaria to study in America at Princetown University.

From there, she experiences a chain of events tinged in heavy secrets, un
Tabitha Vohn
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goth-rocks
[2nd Reading] Five years after, I still agree with my first impressions of this ultra-cool novel, but found myself irritated with Thea this time around. Seriously reed-in-the-wind: grow a backbone! Other than that, what a great novel. Rhys is still the best part.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a modern Gothic (in a contemporary setting) as enthralling as Wildalone. Reminiscent of novels such as The Secret History and Lake of Dead Languages, Wildalone is a flawless blend of myth, fated lov
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Carrie-Anne O'Driscoll
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I have some good news and bad news for readers of Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova. The good news is that I cannot tell you clearly enough how unique and refreshing this book is! The bad news is that I am not sure how many reasons to give you without spoiling the plot.
As an author and avid reader myself I wasn't expecting the contents of this story. What truly blows me away is that this is Zourkova's debut novel. It's beautifully written and the plot is well executed. She is a written illustrator
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Library Journal starred review:

Zourkova, Krassi. Wildalone. Morrow. Jan. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9780062328021. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062328045. F
Zourkova infuses her first novel with atmosphere, lyrical language, Greek mythology, Bulgarian folklore, and the sharp stab of first love. Thea is a piano prodigy from Bulgaria beginning her freshman year at Princeton University. After a public concert performance, she draws the attention of several men on campus, A first-person point of view and a sense of t
Branimira Belegova
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Wildalone" by Krassi Zourkova- a book, which barely left my hands as I submerged in an unexpected journey through the magical labyrinths of mythology and folk tale, all crowned by lush poetic language and mind-invigorating details bearing the breath of hypnotic suspense. My encounter with it occurred in the most unexpected place ever-one of Boston Logan Airport's newsstands. It was a drop of mystery but as soon as I spot it, I was stuck to the title and moreover, the words about the author...a ...more
Edward Pollard
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Krassi Zourkova’s genial first novel “Wildalone” seamlessly fuses several genres of fiction, both popular and academic. If your tastes run to either or both you’re in for a bonanza of deep and delicious references. Without great effort, her work paves a crossroads between the separate universes of young adult, female erotica, mythology, crime/mystery, fantasy and memoir. I could easily see her material making the jump to television or the big screen. It just has that feel, with deep plot lines t ...more
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, gothic
First of all, this book is nothing like any of the books it is being compared to in the Goodreads descriptive blurb.

Second - Wow - just WOW! It went slowly for the first two days - and then I could not put this book down for two days! I checked this out from the library, but I will be buying it because I need to read this again.

I can't say more because I need a brief mourning period over finishing this book. Or I need to read it again. And if there isn't a sequel I will write numerous letters t
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Much deeper book than I expected. Must say, it's refreshing to see so much achieved with such sparingness of expression - the book is 384 pages, but doesn't feel long and the writing has a poetic immediacy I rarely find in fiction. I loved everything about Wildalone: the mystery, the interwoven myths, the mystic feel, the paranormal elements, the doomed love story... Out of curiosity, I did check out some of the 1-star reviews and now am a bit vexed. Stalking and rape? Really?? I think that's an ...more
Makenna Dale
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Intoxicating characters and beautiful prose. Absolutely one of my new favorites!
Alice Marlin
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a remarkable first novel, beautifully written and insightful. The initial chapters read true and are -- largely autobiographical. Krassi Zourkova immigrated to the USA to enter Princeton on scholarship. The story of her experience is both highly personal and also a jolting inside view of the culture at this Ivy League college and its eating clubs and academic experience. The main character is a brilliant musician, we follow her to Carnegie Hall while only a freshman, catapulted by the im ...more
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was just magical. A totally magical book that pulls you into a poetic and complicated world (the good kind of complicated, the kind every girl wishes for). Now that I've finished reading it, I miss the story and its eerie, gothic atmosphere, but above all I find myself daydreaming compulsively about what it would be like to meet those hot Estlin boys (or at least one of them -- either one would do for me, thanks!). And I don't mean that the boys are rich, or go to an ivy league school. I me ...more
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This stunning debut novel is the embodiment of what every "good reader" wants - page-turning mystery, dark romance, Greek mythology, a bit of history about parts of the world few know much about, all set on the campus of the prestigious Princeton University. This hypnotic tale centers around the love (and loss) triangle of two privileged but deeply conflicted brothers and a talented Bulgarian freshman and the journey the three protagonists embark on would not let you put the book down. Or want t ...more
Sara Strand
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes being a book reviewer is really difficult. On one hand, you will inevitably get really terrible books and you have to write about them, being fully honest on what you didn't like, but word it carefully so that a person wouldn't automatically dismiss it, maybe try it for themselves and form their own opinion. On the other hand, sometimes you get books that are so incredibly great that you aren't sure you can even make a convincing argument why a person should read this book other than, ...more
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very sad I am done reading this book, left me wanting for more. This book deserves more than five stars. Absolutely enchanting from the very begginning. Each character left me wild, untamed and trapped. This book had urban/Greek myth. I finished this book in about three days straight couldn't take my eyes away from it. Each character had there own secret which made it very interesting. As you read you assumme that certain characters were involve with Elza's disappearance. The love that Thea has ...more
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Just from the description of the book prior to its release had me hooked. I knew immediately that this was going to be THE PERFECT book to start my year off with.

The intricate details that Zourkova provides is what really captivated me. I am no stranger to the stories of Greek mythology but her sophisticated and elaborate details of the myths as well as the elements of music had me feeling like I was Thea herself, splitting my time between learning the captivating stor
Ronesa Aveela
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a brilliantly conceived portrayal of the Bulgarian myth of the Samodivi played out in modern life. The book is well written, poetic, and has lovely descriptions of places and people alike.

"What needed pruning—badly—was his head. Mane, eyebrows, beard, all merged in a cloud of cotton candy spun out of tar instead of sugar."

Having researched and written a book about Samodivi, I was drawn to this book. The basic story itself is not what interested me, by I was fascinated by how the author
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Omg! I want more.... Please tell me there will be a book 2.

This book captured me from the blurb, it is riveting, fast paced, mystical, mythical and blooming fantastic. This book was not predictable at all, I actually thought I had it sussed half way through but I was totally wrong. The characters were great, even the stock characters like Rita and Dev had their own story. The fantasy elements had a perfect blend with reality. Only problem is that I want more!

I really can't believe this is Krass
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the very beginning, Krassi Zourkova draws you into a world that is at once vivid and dreamy, stunning and mysterious. With a beautiful writing style that I liken to painting with words, she introduces us to places and characters that we can see as clearly as if we were watching a movie. We're introduced to ancient myths and creatures against the backdrop of present day. There's romance, intrigue, and elements of the supernatural - an incredible read from start to finish. I highly recommend ...more
Vikki Jansen
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wildalone, brilliant, beautifully written novel by talented Krassi Zourkova is by far my top favourite read.
I can't wait for her next clever, intelligent masterpiece.
Michele Marques
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was thoroughly gripped by Wildalone and stayed up late reading it. Wildalone is due out in January 2015. Disclosure: I read an advance copy that Krassi Zourkova's agent sent in exchange for a review.

I admit that the opening of this book left me dubious. The prolog was a disturbing introduction to these fantastic women from Bulgarian legend, and I wondered what I was getting into. The first chapter eased me into the story, and before long, I was hooked.

This is the story of Thea, a Bulgarian yo
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This book was addictive - once I picked it up I had a hard time leaving "book world" and putting it down! It was well written and compelling. The author has obvious knowledge of Princeton and its society and that, interwoven with the Greek mythology made this I fabulous read! I thoroughly enjoyed it and I look forward to more from this author! ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly Complex

I loved the gothic writing style and the complicated plot. Meshing fairytales with God's and traditions from multiple cultures doesn't usually work for me and I tried not to love it but I kept reading... and the music held it all together. Wonderful and magical if you let it seep in.
Wheaton Mahoney
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put the book down; stayed up late reading, got up early to finish. Zourkova's writing has a very rhythmic flow to it as she weaves many layers together providing the reader with both knowledge and anticipation. ...more
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very cool and sexy. I gave this a try because some friends were talking about it. Not much for fantasy myself, but I actually ended up liking the myths and the supernatural spin of the story. I am also surprised that the publisher's blurb doesn't compare it to Paulo Coelho. It had the same overall feel of mysticism and philosophy packaged up with fast plot and superb, accessible writing.
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