Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries Review

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.

I really enjoyed Emily as our main character. I think even though she is this academic genius she is still quite relatable in terms of her obliviousness and her inability to read other people. I think she could of done a better job trying to warm up to the townsfolk since she was a visitor and encroaching on their lives for months but I did think it was a little cruel of them to withhold their hospitality because of one little faux pas. Emily definitely has the tendency to jump into situations without a lot of thought and puts herself sometimes unnecessarily in danger but I can’t really fault her because this is why she came.

I did take me a minute to warm up to Wendell because I didn’t quite know the reasons behind him coming and wanting to help Emily. I thought at first he might be coming to undermine her and steal all her findings (which she herself believes) but as we learn more about him and discover that perhaps he isn’t what he has claimed to be I did become a lot more invested. I kind of wish we could of explored his relationship with Emily a little more and see them actually be a couple.

Normally books revolving around faeries don’t interest me but this kind of fae adjacent book was a nice compromise for me. This did have kind of a slower start and didn’t really pick up until around the half way point of the book. This just felt like a whimsical folk tale that didn’t shy away from getting a bit dark which I wasn’t really expecting. We learn a lot about the lore and the rules around dealing with the fae and the ruthlessness of their behavior mixed with the careless way they view humans.

⭐️4/5 stars Pleasantly surprised, this was great!

February TBR

February for me is kind of notorious for reading very little so I am not going to be overly ambitious with a very large TBR. I decided maybe just stick to 5 books to prioritise and then I can keep going if I feel the need with anything that catches my eye.

Honey & Spice by Bolu Babalola

Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor

The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

January Wrap Up

I had a fantastic reading month! The inclusion of more audio books has really changed the game for me and I have been able to squeeze so many more reads in that I otherwise wouldn’t of been able to. I can’t wait to continue on with this momentum for the rest of 2023!

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole⭐️4/5 stars

Kiss Her Once for Me by Alison Cochrun ⭐️4/5 stars

House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson⭐️4/5 stars

Galatea by Madeline Miller⭐️3/5 stars

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas⭐️5/5 stars

Near the Bone by Christina Henry⭐️4/5 stars

Magic, Lies and Deadly Pies by Misha Popp⭐️4/5 stars

The Honeys by Ryan La Sala⭐️3/5 stars

Heart of the Sun Warrior by Sue Lynn Tan⭐️3/5 stars

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – 3/5 stars

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q Sutanto⭐️4/5 stars

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria⭐️4/5 stars

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin⭐️4/5 stars

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman⭐️2/5 stars

Lost in the Moment and Found by Seanan McGuire⭐️4/5 stars

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett⭐️4/5 stars

Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney⭐️4/5 stars

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