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April 3, 2013

Review of Edgewood by Karen McQuestion

Edgewood

 
 
 

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.

add to goodreadsEdgewood (Edgewood #1)
by Karen McQuestion
Publication Date:  September 2012
Publisher:  Createspace

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Gabby NewLooking at Goodreads I’ve seen nothing but positive reviews of Edgewood by author Karen McQuestion. That had me excited to get reading and also showed me that the novel held a ton of promise. After reading the description of the novel I was thinking that it would be Ancient Aliens meets Fantastic Four. I was a bit off with my prediction, but the superhero portion seemed just about right. By the time I finished reading Edgewood I was nodding my head and happy with what the novel delivered.

Edgewood takes place in the town of Edgewood and follows the life of sixteen year old main character Russ Becker. A really smart kid with sleeping problems, Russ didn’t know that going out on a late night walk would result in him seeing the astronomical phenomenon he did. It was wonderful and amazing and something that resulted in him gaining strange abilities. With the help of his friend Mallory Nassif and her group of genius friends (literally they’re insanely smart) he discovers that he isn’t the only person to have ever seen the phenomenon.  They all have too and can now control the minds of other people and lift objects without touching them: In short they’ve gathered the type of powers that usually come from comic books. When Russ finds out that there’s an organization called the Associates who want to take advantage of people with superhuman powers and when they discover that Russ has his abilities they take a sudden interest in him.

Right from the opening chapter I was falling in love with Edgewood and most importantly its main character Russ.  Russ is the type of heroic main character that every novel should have. Throughout the novel I was constantly cheering on Russ and loved the depth that came with him. Not only is his mind fun to be in, but Russ also felt real. There is no doubt in my mind that Russ isn’t a three dimensional character and that by the end of the novel he had grown as a character. By the time that Edgewood concluded, I was cheering on Russ and wishing him luck on his next journey. I think that anybody who reads this novel will love its main character among other things. Plus his superpowers are boss (think Storm from X-men meets Swift from Earth 50).

Personally I found that Edgewood is a lot like all those comic book origin stories. You have your average character who sees something out of his wildest imagination and suddenly he’s got electricity shooting out of his hands. I feel like Edgewood is just the start of a series that will become mind-blowingly awesome. But up until then, I have to admit that despite how much I loved Edgewood I still felt like there was no major goal for the entire story and that by the time the novel concluded there was no breathtaking achievement. Maybe my expectations were just too darn high, but I still stand by my opinion. I do hope that maybe we get to see a novel from the POVs of the other characters in the novel and get to see their origins and what life was like for them after they got their powers because… that would be pretty awesome.

All in all I definitely think that if you have the opportunity to read Edgewood that you should go for it. I’d recommend Edgewood to readers who are fans of sci-fi, superpowers and want a really good adventure story that will leave you intrigued until the very end.

About the Author:

 

 

National best-selling author Karen McQuestion writes books for adults as well as for kids and teens. Her novels regularly place in the top 100 Kindle books, and each successive novel has added to her ever growing fan base, making her one of the preeminent Amazon Publishing authors. McQuestion lives in Wisconsin with her family and is always working on her next novel.

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2 Comments

  1. Wow… I have sadly not heard of this one. Glad I had decided that it had been too long since I visited and was able to catch this. I’m glad that there is potential to this series and I like the premise! I will be looking into this book and the rest of the series. GREAT REVIEW Gabby <3
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  2. Karen McQuestion
    4/11/2013

    I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed the book! Thank you for writing such a thoughtful review.

    If you’re interested in reviewing book two in the series, shoot me an email and I can send a copy your way.

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