Hazel Wood, The

Melissa Albert
Welcome to Melissa Albert's The Hazel Wood―the fiercely stunning New York Times bestseller with seven starred reviews everyone is raving about!Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-12-17
I’m not really sure what I expected when I started this book. The first couple chapters had me intrigued, but after chapter 3 or 4, I started to get kinda bored. The way the story was written , I feel just prolonged it. It definitely felt longer than it needed to be. I did enjoy the idea behind the story. It’s definitely a twist on fairy tales and it was nice that the fairytales in this book strayed from the popular ones. The world in this book could have been really good too. I felt that the story had too much unneeded detail and not enough focus on world building. Overall, I probably wouldn’t read this again, but it was okay the first time.
Reviewed: 2018-07-18
Absolutely magical. I think I'm a fan of magical realism now?
Reviewed: 2018-05-22
At first starting this book, I was hooked. Halfway through I was unhooked and hated it. I wanted to stop reading it and now at the end, it’s an okay book. The plot and the storyline and characters were good, just there’s not enough development of the storyline, and some of the story doesn’t even make sense. But all in all, it IS better than some of the things I’ve read before.
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