Book Review: Edgewood by Kristen Ciccarelli

Title: Edgewood

By: Kristen Ciccarelli

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 384

Release Date: January 18th, 2022

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

No matter how far she runs, the forest of Edgewood always comes for Emeline Lark. The scent of damp earth curls into her nose when she sings and moss creeps across the stage. It’s as if the woods of her childhood, shrouded in folklore and tall tales, are trying to reclaim her. But Emeline has no patience for silly superstitions.

When she learns her grandfather disappeared from his nursing home, leaving only a milky orb in his wake, the stories Emeline has always scoffed at suddenly seem less foolish. After searching for him almost everywhere, Emeline finally succumbs to the call of Edgewood, entering the forest she has spent years trying to escape.

Emeline finds herself in the court of the fabled Wood King himself. She makes a deal—her voice for her grandfather’s freedom. Little does she know, she’s stumbled into the middle of a curse much bigger than herself, one that threatens the existence of a life she has worked so hard to forget.

With the help of a handsome and brooding tithe collector, a surly blacksmith, and a lost childhood friend, Emeline sets out to not only save her grandfather’s life, but to right past wrongs, and in the process, discover her true voice. 


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We need to talk about this one, because I have many feels about it.

I loved, loved this book... up unto a point. The first 80%, gave me the chills and the wonderful feels. My mind was going all over the place, trying to figure out the mysteries that were lingering inside these pages. At one point I thought I had it, but it just absolutely made no sense when I kept reading. For anyone who knows me well, you know that if I can't figure out the mystery, I'm obsessed until I do. This is a wonderful thing in Kristen Ciccarelli's writing. She kept me guessing the whole time. 

The story was wonderfully written and the world building beautifully done. I could imagine the forest in all the glory it once held, but picture how dead it had become. And the characters were so colorful, I couldn't help but loving them all. I was about to put this book on my favorites list, but then...

A terribly unneeded oral sex scene between two teenaged characters broke my bliss and ruined my love for this story. I realize it was a flashback and Emily needed to remember her past, but was this the needed graphic memory the characters deserved? Hawthorne and Emily had the most amazing sexual tension that was ruined by this act that was so out of place in the story. Don't get me wrong, I do love a good sexy book, but nothing about the first 80% of the book screamed smut to me. The story was perfectly fine without it.

After nearly putting the book down, never to finish it, I pushed past that little miss step and loved the end. Really, in hind sight, this was a great book with amazing plot twists and characters to carry the story. I'm glad I read it. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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