ARC Review: Edgewood by Kristen Ciccarelli

Happy Tuesday y’all! I really wanted to read and review Edgewood last week (you know, when it actually came out), but then life got in the way, so instead, I’m reviewing it for y’all today! Thank you so much to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of Edgewood! This book was so good and different and I really loved it!

Edgewood 4/5 stars

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 her grandfather disappears, leaving only a mysterious orb in his wake, the stories Emeline has always scoffed at suddenly seem less foolish. She enters the forest she has spent years trying to escape, only to have Hawthorne Fell, a handsome and brooding tithe collector, try to dissuade her from searching.

Refusing to be deterred, Emeline finds herself drawn to 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 this eerie world she’s trapped in, along with the devastating boy who feels so familiar.

With the help of Hawthorne—an enemy turned reluctant ally who she grows closer to each day—Emeline sets out to not only save her grandfather’s life, but to right past wrongs, and in the process, discover her true voice.

Haunting and romantic, Kristen Ciccarelli’s Edgewood is an exciting novel from a bold, unforgettable voice in fantasy.

Oh man y’all, I loved so much about this book! The whole idea of the Wood King’s court and how the towns and villages on the border of the court had to pay tithes to the Wood King or face the consequences was so great. I loved the creatures in this book- especially the ember mares- and there were so many things that were so well done! There were parts that I really didn’t like, but they came more towards the end (so pretty much the last quarter of the book is where I had the most issues), so I won’t go into too much detail there, but I felt like we got so much great detail and lyrical prose for the first 3/4 of the book and the problem statements etc that I think the solution and the final battle, the real resolution and the 5 month later ending all deserved that kind of attention too. Now don’t get me wrong, the last 1/4 was still fun to read, it just wasn’t as fun as the first 3/4 of the book. Characters wise, I really liked Emeline, her grandfather, Hawthorne, Sable, Rooke, and Grace (whew, that’s almost our whole cast of characters, but they were all so good). They were so well written and I felt like you could really understand why they did certain things and what made them tick. I already gave y’all my pacing thoughts, but in general, plot wise, I liked it! I really, really liked the world building and the magic system, so that was definitely my favorite part. Overall, I definitely think y’all should check out Edgewood and grab it today!

3 thoughts on “ARC Review: Edgewood by Kristen Ciccarelli

  1. The world was definitely one of my favorite parts, plus the cast of characters – I almost wished we could spend more time with them! The writing also stood out to me, the ending was still good but part of me wanted that extra punch that the first 3/4 of the book had – great review!

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