Editorial Review of CITY OF ROSES provided by Michelle Josette.

Donovan Pruitt’s debut novella, CITY OF ROSES, is a masterfully constructed work of Paranormal Romance. Pruitt deftly manipulates both language and history to craft a tale that is equal parts harrowing, emotional and inspiring, while offering plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader intrigued—from delightful beginning to spellbinding conclusion.

The story begins when a motorcycle accident jars Alex into a reality he can’t remember, and one he’s not quite sure he’d ever want to leave. He’s nearly blinded by the landscape’s beauty, the lively culture of the townspeople, and a remarkable woman he would swear he’s met before. When disaster strikes, Alex must help save the town and people he’s grown to love, setting aside his unanswered questions and the fear of what he can’t remember.

CITY OF ROSES is a unique retelling of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Pripyat, Ukraine. Pruitt reflects on the disaster with the skill of a seasoned author, adding romantic and fantastical elements to draw the reader in and keep them engaged until its final, heart-pounding climax. Pruitt’s poetic prose, distinctive characters and vivid imagery make this an easy, fast-paced read, and the perfect way to spend an afternoon.