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The Hazel Wood


The Hazel Wood
Melissa Albert
Flatiron Books, 2018
Source: E-Galley
Audience: All Teens

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 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.

Perhaps it’s because I’m watching Westworld now (for the first time), but The Hazel Wood reminded me a bit of the HBO show. There’s a fairy tale world (similar to the tv show’s western theme) and all is not right there (just like the tv show.) It might be a stretch, but both are excellent.

I loved the art and the fairy tale world that were created in The Hazel Wood. I enjoyed the sense of adventure and horror. The fact that romance wasn’t the focus helped make it all the more enjoyable. I can’t wait to read the next book!

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