Hey guys! Today I’m going to be talking about The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. I received a copy of this book on Netgalley (thank you!), which I was so excited about because I really wanted to read this book.And since the book came out a few days ago, I want to talk to you guys about it!
And just before I get into this review, I do want to say that I know I’ve been posting a lot of book reviews which can get a bit boring to read, but I am thinking of new stuff too, so… yeah. Onto the review!
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Author: Melissa Albert
Rating: 3.75 stars
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. – Goodreads
So, I did like this book. I thought the premise was great and I really liked the way it was written. But the last half just wasn’t for me. Let’s talk about the first half of the book first.
I really liked the how the story unfolded at the beginning, and how we learned about the Hazel Wood and about Althea (Alice’s grandmother). I really liked the characters, and thought it was very gripping. I was only reading this book at night, and let me tell you, that was a bad idea. Because this book is scary. I mean, it was scary for me, but I’m a huge wimp, so I was pretty much constantly terrified. I liked the how the stories from Tales of The Hinterland were mixed into the book, too.
I thought it was cool how bad luck followed them everywhere they went, and how there were strange characters that she meets that seem (or are) straight from Hinterland.
I actually thought Finch was a sort of test for Alice, making sure she was worthy enough to actually go to the Hinterland, and I thought he was from Hinterland himself. But no, I was wrong. BUT YOU HAVE TO READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS.
Now for the second half of the book. It reminded me a lot of Alice in Wonderland, the animated version. Which, you may not know, but I hated. That movie was just not for me. I do like the live-action remakes though, but it’s just that animated one that I do not like one bit. And the second half of the book really reminded me of it. If you like Alice in Wonderland I think you’ll really like it, but it just kind of ruined for me.
One last thing I want to say about this is that I don’t get why there’s going to be a sequel. The story concluded nicely and I feel that everything was wrapped up. But I am excited for the book Tales of The Hinterland to come out, so I can read the actual stories.
So that is all I want to say about this book. I want to thank Netgalley and the Publisher again for sending this book my way, and I’ll see all you guys later. Bye!