Series: The Hazel Wood #1
Published by Flatiron Books on January 30th 2018
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.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert is amazing. This story hooked me right away. I heard a lot of mixed early reviews and wasn’t sure what to think, so I needed to check it out myself and I am so glad that I did. I found myself wanting to know more about the mystery that is going on.
Alice is a bit different. She doesn’t come across as your typical main character. Sometimes I liked her but most of the time I didn’t like her. Mainly because she wasn’t friendly. She kept people at arm’s length which kept other characters at bay. It would be a lot nicer to get to know more characters but this didn’t stop me from loving this book.
Albert’s writing is beautiful and quite enjoyable. I found myself wanting to know more about the Hinterland and what is going on. I know this story was compared to a lot of different fairy tales but I didn’t see anything that jumped out at me right away. I feel like this book is pretty unique. I really enjoyed the ending and I am looking forward to seeing what Albert has in store for us next.