Audiobook, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, New Adult, Queer, Romance, YA

If you like standalone dark fantasy YA books, you should absolutely check out Edgewood by Kristen Ciccarelli

Edgewood by Kristen Ciccarelli
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Edgewood is a standalone romantic fantasy novel by Kristen Ciccarelli that leans towards an older YA audience (or New Adult, if that’s actually a thing). Think rural-fantasy like urban-fantasy. The eBook version is 400 pages. I listened to the audiobook by Macmillan Audio, which clocks in at 13 hours and is narrated wonderfully by Caitlin Kelly. The cover is also stunningly beautiful.

Emeline Lark is trying to make her break as a singer/musician in Montreal, having left her small superstitious hometown to do so. Sometimes when she sings, it seems like the forest of Edgewood comes for her in the form of moss or insects. Then her grandfather, who has dementia, disappears from his nursing home, leaving a mysterious orb on his pillow. Figuring that the stories she was told as a child weren’t just superstition, Emeline decides to make a deal with the Wood King for the return of her grandfather. And oops, there’s also a curse threatening the entire existence of the Wood King’s court and on top of that there’s this weird boy who seems really familiar to her.

I want this book to get optioned for a movie, because I need Bill Nighy to play the Wood King.

Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for sending me an audio review copy. All opinions herein are my own.

CW: (slight spoilers) mention of unconsensual relationships in the past

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