by Kristen Ciccarelli
Pub Date – 3/1/22
This book has all of my favorites in it! Do you ever walk through the forest and feel the magic, feel that you are being watched with every rustle and breeze.
Well this book definitely put names and images to all the feelings I feel when I go into the forest. With the small town Edgewood with their superstitions and fantastical stories.
Emeline’s story started off with her leaving her singing career right before her tour started, to go look for her grandfather who went missing.
She found a tithe marker and met a strange boy in the process but continued on getting stuck in the court of the Wood King. The whole court and forest is under a curse.
But what we think we know and what actually happens we find out later are not the same.
A book of whimsy and danger turns into a story of heartbreaking and tender love. The love that can turn even the most weathered heart. A love that remembers when you can’t. A love that breaks the cycle and heals the wrongs done.
This book was so beautiful!
I loved that this book was inspired by the authors grandfather who was starting to forget everything. It’s so hard losing someone you love before your eyes but they are still there.
There are so many whimsical beautiful pieces I wish I could point out but I feel I would ruin the narrative. But I hope you pick up this book.
❓ If you lived in a town that had a lot of stories of fantastical creatures would you go in the woods?
Probably I’m not that smart 😂 I just assume I’ll meet the friendlies.
Thank you netgalley and wednesdaybooks for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.
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.