Author: Melissa Albert
Age/genre: Young Adult fantasy
Published by: Penguin
Publication date: 08/02/18
My rating: ★★★★★
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a 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 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.
To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began . . .
I received a copy from Penguin in exchange for an honest review
I loved The Hazel Wood, eerie and beautifully dark. It was slow going to begin with, when it picks up you won’t be able to tear yourself away from the pages. The story follows Alice, who has never been in one place for long before her mother uproots them again, convinced they can outrun the bad luck that follows them from place to place. Alice is the granddaughter of Althea Proserpine, author of the famous Tales From The Hinterland, a book of dark and creepy fairytales. Despite having never met her grandmother, Alice spent a large chunk of her childhood fascinated by her and often daydreams about meeting her. When Alice comes home to find her mum missing, she sets off with Finch to get her back from the Hinterland’s clutches.
Stay away from The Hazel Wood…
I can safely say this will still be one of my favourite reads of 2018 at the end of the year. The world building blew my mind, the way fairytales seamlessly weave into the real world and how deliciously dark the tales themselves are. The character’s are brilliantly written. Alice is quite a complex character, I loved exploring the different sides of her and her place in the story. My favourite by far is Twice-Killed Katherine, she’s definitely not one to mess with. I can’t say much about her without spoiling it, though I really hope we see more of her in the next one. I couldn’t get enough of Hinterland and it’s residents. I really wouldn’t say no to Melissa writing Tales From The Hinterland, I’m dying to know more about these beautifully dark fairytales.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed The Hazel Wood, I highly recommend it. Its perfect for those who love fantasy and fairytales.