Friday, March 24, 2023

Quick Review: Emily's Wilde's Encyclopedia of Fairies by Heather Fawcett

Title: Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Fairies
Author: Heather Fawcett
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: January 10, 2023
Publisher: Random House

A curmudgeonly professor journeys to a small town in the far north to study faerie folklore and discovers dark fae magic, friendship, and love, in this heartwarming and enchanting fantasy.

Cambridge professor Emily Wilde is good at many things: She is the foremost expert on the study of faeries. She is a genius scholar and a meticulous researcher who is writing the world's first encyclopaedia of faerie lore. But Emily Wilde is not good at people. She could never make small talk at a party--or even get invited to one. And she prefers the company of her books, her dog, Shadow, and the Fair Folk to other people.

So when she arrives in the hardscrabble village of Hrafnsvik, Emily has no intention of befriending the gruff townsfolk. Nor does she care to spend time with another new arrival: her dashing and insufferably handsome academic rival Wendell Bambleby, who manages to charm the townsfolk, get in the middle of Emily's research, and utterly confound and frustrate her.

But as Emily gets closer and closer to uncovering the secrets of the Hidden Ones--the most elusive of all faeries--lurking in the shadowy forest outside the town, she also finds herself on the trail of another mystery: Who is Wendell Bambleby, and what does he really want? To find the answer, she'll have to unlock the greatest mystery of all--her own heart.


*I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily*

Hello Fellow Readers.

I didn't know that Fantasy academia was a genre I needed to read until now. I've never thought of it but Fawcett's book may have hooked me on the genre. Well written and extremely fun, not to mention very cozy (My favorite!) I couldn't help but be enchanted by Emily. She was just so smart, brave, and a bit awkward, it was just so fun getting to know her throughout the book. I couldn't help but connect with her, as she reminded me of myself back in school. 

Wendell was a delight and the way he flustered Emily was just so cute. I don't usually like the enemies-to-lovers thing but this romance was just so cute and I was just besotted with Wendell since he was first introduced. At first, I did not think I would like the format of it being in Journal entries but the more I read the more I really liked it, it was like a bit of fresh air, so unique. 

Overall, a fun cozy read

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