October 31, 2018

#BookReview @ShelfieBookClub: The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood #1) by Melissa Albert with @RiseOfTheReader

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: Always reading, sometimes writing. Fantasy geek, portal hunter, and editor of the B&N Teen Blog. Find me on Twitter @mimi_albert.
Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Recommended Age: Young Adult 
Genre: Fantasy 
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My Review: I have 3 COPIES of this book and a tote bag!!  I am so sad that I did not like this one! I tried so hard to love this story but for me it was just blah! So much of this is about Alice and her mothers life vs. the story of The Hazel Wood.  Its pretty much 60% info dumping, 20% Road Trip, and then 15% other stories, and 5% Hazel Wood.  I ended up DNFing this one around 100 pages and talked with others who have read it to find out what happend.  I have to tell you that I am really glad that I did.  This one could have been so amazing and creepy and magical but with the way it stands for me it just did not work out.  

The characters were meh.  Although I did enjoy the parts where Alice talked about moving all over the place and bad luck following her and her mom.  Once she started school and chatting about all that it just got way slow and boring and I had to put it down.  I tried to get into it but it just did not work out at all. 

Do I Recommend this book? No 

Go Into This One Knowing: Weird and Boring! 

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