The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Published by Flatiron Books on January 30, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Fairy tale retelling
Pages: 368 pages
I would give this book 3.5 for a review.
Welcome to Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood―the fiercely stunning New York Timesbestseller 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.
My Brief Thoughts
I gave this book 3.5 stars for review*
I did not love this book but I had a hard time putting it down. I really enjoyed some parts of this book but was not engaged in the whole thing. I loved the twisty/ dark setting of the various fairytales we learned about. I think I might like this book better on re-read because I think I may be less lost. I will be curious to see if we get more books. I loved the start and the end of this story the most. The middle part dragged a tad. I thought the main character was hard to connect with by I loved Finch alot! I am curious to see what happens next in this series
My Extended Thoughts!
Characters: I thought most of these characters were hard to become emotionally invested in. I struggled to Love Alice but my favorite character of this book was def. Ellery.
Plot: I really liked the plot at the beginning and the end of the book it was the most engaging for me and I was super invested. The middle part is where I struggled. I wanted to love the “hazlewood” part but I did not love, I enjoyed it but I felt like it was missing something.
Pacing: Same as above I enjoyed the pacing at the start and end of there novel but I stubbled with the pacing in the middle.
Setting: This book was the reverse of what normally happens to me. I was much more invested in the urban fantasy part of this book then the fantasy world. I liked both but i prefer when the story was in the “real” world.
Will I pick up book 2? I will def. be picking it up. I will be curious to hear the plot for me to decide what format I want 🙂