Title: The Hazel Wood
Author: Melissa Albert
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publication date: January 30 2018
Rating: 3 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.
**Thank you to Netgalley and Flatiron Books for sending me an uncorrected proof to read and review. If you’re interested in reading this book, it will be released on January 30th, 2018.
This was one on my most anticipated book’s of 2018 and i’m so sad that I was disappointed with how the story fell flat. I was hoping for a dark magical story and there were elements but I wanted more. The book moves at a pretty slow pace and i struggled to stay invested. It was interesting, but I found a lot of the time I would get bored and distracted easily. What I did like was the cover ohmygod its gorgeous that’s what first drew me to this book. Secondly the writing, it was whimsical and flowed nicely.
My issues with this book firstly was the plot. I felt really confused and tried to follow what was happening but I found myself just not caring what happened to the characters. Secondly I didn’t feel a connection to any of the character’s. I felt for Alice having her mother go missing but that was about all. I didn’t connect with her personality and Finch I found was annoying. He made Alice’s problem his way of jumping into the adventure and tried to make it about himself.
I realize this is an unpopular opinion compared to other reviews who are rating the book 4 or 5 stars, but honestly I’m surprised at my reaction too. I was really looking forward to this book but maybe it just wasn’t the right time for me to read it.