The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood

A Novel

Book - 2018
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When the scary, magical world in her grandmother's book of dark feminist fairy tales becomes real, seventeen-year-old Alice, partnered with Ellery, an obsessed fan of the fairy tales, must enter the world to rescue Alice's kidnapped mother.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250147905
1250147905
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Alber
Characteristics: 359 pages

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Feb 11, 2018

An updated version of "Alice in Wonderland" where Alice gets sucked into the Hinterland with Finch by her side. Alice grew up with her mother running from something. Alice's mother, Ella, would not talk about what happened and why they ran. When Ella disappears one day, Alice sets out to find her with the help of Finch. After being sucked into fantasy land through a wooded portal, destiny prevails as Alice sets out to finish her story and find her mother. There are many twists and turns in the story and the ending is almost like "The Wizard of Oz" when Dorothy wakes up.

samcmar Jan 06, 2018

This. book. I read it and I was just completely absorbed into the world and this story. There is something about the way Melissa Albert crafts everything in this story that just feels spot on. Her characters are frustrating, difficult, but also full of determination and gusto. I really loved Alice's character given she can be very unlikable at times, but I see why. When your grandmother has written a famous novel with psycho fans, I'd be that way too.

There is a huge sense of foreboding reading this novel. Learning about the Hinterlands and the Hazel Wood, you get an eerie sense that the world isn't what it seems. There's almost this "Into the Woods" vibe where characters will end up exploring the landscape, but the setting has it's own personality. I loved the descriptions of the environments and how they felt creepy, yet very much alive.

I also just want to share how captivating the writing is as well. I found myself reading and hanging onto every word because I needed to know what was happening to the characters. Can I also say how much I loved Ellery, fanboy extraordinaire? I think what I loved about his character specifically, is I feel like everyone has a friend or knows someone who loves something SO MUCH. Ellery was just such a fun character, a great foil for Alice on many occasions.

The Hazel Wood is a very atmospheric read that has strong world building and characters who have the ability to grow. They are imperfect, sometimes uncomfortable, but feel very real as well. I love stories within story narratives and this book just hit all the right notes with me at the right time upon reading it. It's definitely worth checking out if you love dark fairy tales or fantasy, and it's definitely a good book for cold winter nights when you need a hot cup of tea and candle light.

KCLSRacheal Oct 05, 2017

An atmospheric and sharply written story of fairy tales with teeth and magic that intersects with the real world in unexpected ways. It's sly, raw, evocative, and steeped in creeping dread as it unfurls- gorgeously magical but at the same time wholly real and unsentimental. I couldn't put it down!

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