23 November 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Edgewood (Edgewood Series) by Karen McQuestion

The author sent me a copy of this book with a request for a review. I’ve been a fan of her work for a while now, first reading some women’s fiction which was so amazingly well done that I still gush to folks about how good it was. Later on, she sent me a children’s book and I was dubious that an author could pull off such a drastic change of genre, but she excelled.

When I got this book and realized it was not only young-adult, but a foray into a little bit of science fiction, I thought for sure that I would finally be able to say that I did not like a Karen McQuestion book. Especially because I really disliked the cover art. It was with a semi-smug smile that I opened my kindle and started to read.

About 10 minutes in, I knew it… Dagnabit.

This book was nothing short of awesome. It’s rare that an author is able to cross so many genres and do it so well. This is such a beautifully executed young adult novel that I am blown away. The story is pretty clever. Think Men In Black meet Teen Titans. I won’t rehash the entire plot here, but she takes a simple storyline and delves into the characters and their lives with such love and caring that I really found myself pulling for them.

I will admit that I usually am not a huge fan of series because closure issues, but she does a good job of closing up one storyline while leaving us open for another. I also like that the next book appears to be written from the point of view of one of the other teens. I can’t wait to see where she takes us on this next journey. As a 36 year old woman, I’m looking forward to this young adult series (write faster, Ms. Author, write faster!)

Recommended for just about everyone. If you don’t enjoy it, you’re simply crazy. 😉

Description:
From bestselling author Karen McQuestion—a brand new, spellbinding novel.

The night Russ Becker witnesses a strange astronomical event, his world changes forever. Before long Russ discovers he’s developed incredible superpowers, and he’s not the only one. Three other young people—beautiful Mallory, arrogant Jameson, and mysterious Nadia—have had the same experience and all of them now have powers of their own. Mallory can control peoples’ minds, Jameson moves objects with his thoughts, and Nadia has empathic abilities.

At first the four relish their newfound gifts, but things become serious when they learn they are being hunted by an organization that wants them for its own nefarious purposes. When Russ’s family is threatened, he’s forced into action. What transpires will change all of them in ways they never imagined.

Rating: ★★★★★

Book count for 2012: 32

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