Sunday, January 29, 2023

Edgewood by Kristen Ciccarelli - HIGH

 by Kristen Ciccarelli
, 392 pages. Wednesday Books/St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2022. $14 

Language: R (14 swears 3 'f's); Mature Content: R (Vaguely described sex,; non-detailed oral sex); 
Violence: PG (stabbing, peril) 



19yo Emeline Lark lives in Montreal where she’s trying to leave her forest hometown of Edgewood in the past. She’s on the verge of becoming a singer with a recording company but as she performs she sees signs of the Edgewood Forest creeping onto the stage. Emeline sees a mysterious hooded stranger in the audience who becomes the key to her past and future, unbeknownst to her at the time. Pa, her grandfather, has dementia and when she goes home to take care of him, she’s pulled into the Edgewood Forest and her life is thrown into upheaval and danger. To free herself from the evil and corrupted Wood King, Emeline will have to dig deep and get to the bottom of the forest curse. 

The writing pulled me into the story with incredible world building and mysterious surroundings and characters. Hawthorne is a fascinating character. The story has action, tenderness and a roller coaster of emotions. Characters are predominantly white in Montreal and Edgewood but mixed colors of skin in the otherworldly forest of the Wood King. 

LynnDell Watson, Delta HS Librarian

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