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Edgewood (Edgewood #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  975 ratings  ·  167 reviews
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
Paperback, 324 pages
Published September 2012 by Createspace (first published August 26th 2012)
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3.5 stars.
This was another one of those that I grabbed as a freebie on Amazon.
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Every thing about this felt like one of those b-list tv shows I loved when I was younger.
There was a time...many moons ago...when not every single show on television had a paranormal/sci-fi twist. In fact, very few had that flavor.
Unless you watched the stuff from some of the lower budget channels.
Which, of course, I did.
And since options were limited, you just sucked it up and took
3.75 insomniac stars


Russel is your average teenager, attends school and has a 3.6GPA. He also has friends and family. But he has a secret. He suffers from insomnia, and cannot sleep until he has a midnight walk. Then one time, he sees something. It's calling to him. So he investigates...

Russ sees something miraculous. But it leaves side effects, and he isn't the only one who knows about it. Three other teenagers have also experienced it, hopefully they will have all the answers, but maybe they
Sherwood Smith
I'm sorry Salon, but my old self really enjoys YA, especially when it's as fun as this series.

Young teens become superheroes? I'm right on board, especially when I find the characters as interesting as first person narrator Russ Becker, who thinks he's an ordinary guy with aging parents, a wild and flaky older sister, and a rambunctious nephew. Scarred Nadia, whose parents keep her locked up tight. Beautiful Mallory Naseef, and problematical Jameson.

Russ walks through what he thinks is an odd me
Jul 24, 2014 Hallie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya, sf
I probably did this no favours by starting reading it in very small installments, as this didn't encourage being grabbed by the plot, and did encourage being bounced out by the less than smooth prose and typos. The story itself was fine, but there were just too many clunky lines to feel it was adequately finished. Just a few examples that are fairly typical. The protag, Russ, has taken his nephew to a comic bookshop, and is describing what it's like, including two "teenage girls" swaying to the ...more
Bethany Farwell
I'm gonna go with a 3.5 on this.

First off, I won this as a Goodreads first readers giveaway! (Woot Woot!!) I just to throw that out there. If I hadn't won this book, I definitely would have bought it anyway. Karen McQuestion delivered a compelling novel with a lot of promise.

Edgewood is the first in the series. Russ Becker, the 15yo narrator tells you the quests and phenomenons that happen in his life. Russ can't sleep. He's found only one solution to helping him get at least a little sleep, a
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
It is official Karen McQuestion has earned herself a spot in my Favorite Authors List. I always knew that Karen was quite talented, but had not read her books until recently. I dove into The Long Way Home shortly after it was released and I fell in love. Karen writes so beautifully; great characters, great setting, great dialogue...the whole package. So I was thinking, authors can't hit it out of of the park all the time can they?

Well yes. I then read Easily Amused and also really enjoyed that
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
Edgewood has got to be one of the best books I have read this year! Karen McQuestion is so talented! She has developed characters that are so real to life, and the way they interact with one another is true to life as well.

I don't like to synopsize books in my reviews, so if you are looking for that, read the book description provided by the author. It's much better than anything I could write. I will just say that Edgewood is sort of a cross between sci-fi and paranormal and is extremely engros
Kitty Honeycutt
TITLE: "Edgewood"
AUTHOR: Karen McQuestion
PUBLISHER: Self-Published
AGE: 14+

REVIEW: I don't know exactly what it is, but lately I have really been getting into the fantasy, science fiction, young adult novels and finding them extremely entertaining. I would have to say that in comparison, "Edgewood" strikes me as a cross between " I Am Number Four" and "Hunger Games."

The main story focuses on "Russ Becker" as he suffers from bouts of insomnia that lead him on late night walks around his
Karen Edwards
Edgewood is for all ages. I am 55 years old and can't put it down. Karen makes the characters really come to life. Also I love that not everything is as it seems. Always an unexpected turn of events. I especially enjoy science fiction that is rooted in reality. It could happen. I also enjoyed reading a current account of teenage life and it brought back happy memories of my son when he was that age. I also enjoy Karen's simple, direct writing style. Another great book!
"Edgewood" reads like a mix of The Tomorrow People TV show and The Midnighters trilogy by Scott Westerfeld.

Four teenagers in the town of Edgewood witness an astronomical phenomenon, which causes them to develop energy-based superpowers. Russ Becker finds himself caught between two groups who are looking for kids with these powers, and his family is put at risk as a result.

I liked Russ as a narrator, and the relationships he had with his family and friends felt real. These kinds of stories appea
Tiffany Lovering
Edgewood, the first book in the Edgewood Series by Karen McQuestion, features 15 year old Russ Becker who has a very hard time falling asleep. He often goes for a walk around town late at night and it's during one of those walks that he witnesses a series of fast moving lights in the sky that fall to the ground in a spiral of blue and gold embers.

Shortly after this phenomenon, Russ realizes that he has supernatural powers and discovers he's not the only one who's been affected by the lights. Na
Edgewood is a book that takes you on an interesting adventure, with some added twists and turns. Four teenagers are brought together because they are night owls. One night everything changes, and could possibly change the course for the rest of their lives.....

I loved this group of teenagers. They are unique, abnormally brilliant, and they all have super-human powers or special gifts. Jameson was weird though, he sort of rubbed me the wrong the way. Nadia is very quiet and cute, but she has her
Kimber Wheaton
Let me start by saying I absolutely loved this novel! It's told in first person from the perspective of Russ Becker. How refreshing to have a male point of view and in first person no less.

This is the first book in a trilogy. Wanderlust, the second book is available now and the unnamed third coming soon. I don't want to reveal any of the plot, it's best to go into it with no more knowledge than the blurb above.

Russ Becker is very likeable, the reader immediately feels a connection with this te
This book was very compelling... I just wanted to keep reading to find out more. Because it is the first in a series, all of the strings weren't tied up at the end, and the teaser chapter of book two makes me want to read it when it comes out.
The narrator, Russ, is likeable, and his straight-forward approach keeps the story moving along nicely. For someone so smart he does seem a bit slow on the up-take on occasion, especially when it comes to personal relations, but that's probably true about
I’m going to start off this review by letting you know I received my copy of Edgewood through a GoodReads First Reads giveaway.

I love the idea of teens with superpowers. (I want superpowers!). I like how they developed the powers due to an astronomical event, and I love how all their superpowers are connected to energy in some way. This fact lends some stability to how the event affected all of them, and why it can differ but still be similar. I also love Russ Becker’s voice. While there were t
Levi Herren
I was looking for something light and fun to read and that’s exactly what I got with Edgewood. It follows the story of Russ Becker, a 15 year old that cures his insomnia with midnight strolls through his hometown. On one late night walk he stumbles across a strange astronomical event that seems to give him super powers! And he’s not the only one; other kids in his little town are affected. Mcquestion’s writing style is on the simple side which makes sense considering her intended audience. She d ...more
Disclaimer: I won this in the GoodReads First Readers giveaway!

Russ Becker is not your typical teenage boy -- and that's before he acquires superpowers after being exposed to a cosmic shower. It's easy to see that a woman wrote this, because Russ is a perfectly-behaved 15-year-old. This is not a slam, merely an amusing observation!

For a few months now, Russ has been plagued by insomnia; and the only way he can get any sleep is to wander the streets of Edgewood at night. He learns the habits of
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads contest. I was so excited, because it sounded like the book had a lot of promise. And now that I've read it...I can't wait for the second one!
First off, the writing was good, with some exciting plots twists, that left me with plenty of questions and a desire for more. And keeping your readers guessing is one of the most important aspects of writing. This author did well at that, with just enough info released at just the right time. But my favorite part
I loved this book.It is a young adult urban fantasy, an is appropriate for all ages. The main characters are likable an fleshed out. There are 4 teenagers who see a meteor shower an get some supernatural abilities, telekinesis, mind control, the ability to sense who a person is (good or bad) an than are main character Russ can do many things. I loved the progression of the story an the characters were likable and grew as the story went along. This is the first in a series an doesn't end on a cli ...more
Full Disclosure: I won this book through the Goodreads Giveaways.

That said, this was obviously a book I wanted to read and it did not disappoint. The story was well thought out and always left me anxious to want to read on. There are plenty of reviews so I don’t feel the need to address that but since I won the book, I wanted to be certain to leave a comment.

I am excited to see that the story will continue in a sequel as the first chapter of the next book is included. A surprising twist to the n
Patty Noonan
Interesting story. Good characters. It did leave me wanting to know what happens in the next book. The writing style was a little juvenile for me and at times it seemed to tell more than show or explain vividly, i.e. "and then this happened, and then this happened, and then...." It was as though the flow was misprocessed and some parts were forced just to move the plot along.
Les Braddock
When I signed up to win a copy of Edgewood, I really liked the premise. When I actually won, and received my copy in the mail, I was not disappointed.

The characters are fleshed out nicely for the first book in a series. Just enough information that you feel you know the characters, but not to much, leaving some room for questions and plot elements for later. The main, Russ Becker, is just your average teenager... Until he sees the swirling lights and goes to investigate, from there his life is c
Let me start by saying I won this book through First Reads by GoodReads, and I'm so glad that I did.

Edgewood is a story about a teenage boy, Russ Becker, who discovers he has superpowers after experiencing a strange phenomena. He is one of a select few that have obtained powers and they learn this happens every sixteen years in their town and that they are now in danger because of their new found powers.

I absolutely devoured this book. Once I started reading it I didn't want to put it down. Th
Aimee ❀just one more page...❀
Something about it kept me interested. I've read other similar stories but really enjoyed it.
Kim Griffin
Sep 12, 2014 Kim Griffin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans, fans of books where peoplke have superpowers
Recommended to Kim by: author's twitter account
Shelves: fantasy, ya, sci-fi
Edgewood is the first book in the Edgewood series by Karen McQuestion.
Russ Becker has insomnia and has found that the only way he can get to sleep is to roam the town late at night when almost everyone else is sleeping. He does this so often, that he’s found certain houses along his route where other people are up late as well. He likes to go by those houses and glance in the windows, feeling a sense of camaraderie with the others who, like him, are not sleeping at that late hour. After he walks
Tony Hu
3.9 Stars... Definitively!
What do I have to say about Edgewood? It's cliché but good. Not mind blowingly epicly amazing good. But good. Lets see why. The plot is incredibly cliché but it's still decent. Okay, so the main character Russ Becker is an insomniac and can't sleep at night. Than one day he witnesses an extraordinary event and gains "superpowers". He then meets other teens with other powers and joins their group. But that's not all. There is a sinister evil organization (there always is
Olivia H. (book blogger)

Everyone, go grab a copy of Edgewood RIGHT NOW! Go do it because EDGEWOOD IS FREAKING AMAZING! Okay, I'll give you a few reasons on why...

So, Edgewood is a sci-fi, paranormal and fantasy book. Short version? It's about these four teens, who witness an astronomical event, and they get superpowers. I know this sounds cheesy, but Karen McQuestion somehow is able to turn this into an amazing book. Slightly longer version? The story is told from a teenage boy's perspective, Russ Becker, who suffer
Oct 12, 2012 Anne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I'm mad at Karen the author ... hehehe!!! LOL! I was really into the book and then she leaves me on this teaser ... I didn't have the second book to keep going ...

This is a really good YA book. I highly recommend this book and hats off to the author. There wasn't any lows in the book. The ending is really good and it just makes you want to read to whole series in one sitting.

Thank you for this discovery Karen ... I'll be looking into the series now for sure.
First off, I want to say a huge Thank You to Karen McQuestion for offering my first ever free-to-review book. You are one awesome author!

Now for the review:

' Wandering the dark streets at night is Russ Becker's way of dealing with his relentless insomnia and the angst of life. But that changes forever the night he witnesses a strange astronomical event, then discovers he's developed incredible superpowers.

And he's not alone. There's others in his town - sexy Mallory, arrogant Jameson, and myste
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Karen McQuestion is the bestselling author of books for all ages. Some of her titles include Hello Love, Life on Hold, The Long Way Home, and the Edgewood series. Her publishing story has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and the national NPR show, The Story with Dick Gordon. She has also appeared on ABC’s World News Now and America This Morning. McQuestion lives with ...more
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