December 22, 2017

#BookReview: The Hazel Wood by @mimi_albert ‏ #Netgalley

Reviewed By: Lauren
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Number of Pages: 368
Recommended Age Group: Young Adult 
Fiction Genre: Fairy Tales
How I Acquired this book: Netgalley 
Time it took to read: 4H 34M
Overall rating: ★★★★★
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About the Book:
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.

About the Author:  Melissa Albert is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of She has written for McSweeney’sTime Out Chicago, MTV, and more. Melissa is from Illinois and lives in Brooklyn. The Hazel Wood is her first novel.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: This one started out a little weird and I almost didn't want to read it but glad I held out because WOW!!

Check out author's other books or related books? YES
Recommend this book? YES

Notes and Opinions:  This one is a fairytale explosion!  It was wonderfully written and man it couldn't have been any better. This one is a book that stands out above the rest and you won't be able to put it down. I know I couldn't! This one was dark, totally haunting, and a little scary! It was mesmerizing! If you love dark tales like the Brother's Grimm then this book is for you!! If you want the Disney version um go somewhere else. This story was ripe with a darker story than most young adult and man was it good.  The characters were creepy and wonderful and the story was one that drew me in and didn't let me go.  I loved how the story started with a little history it was engaging and really got you to care for these characters so by the time the real story started you were already in love with them.  That was a great idea I have to say that I wish more stories did that. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Very Original and more like your grandma's fairytales

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