Rating: 2/5 owl hoots
Published: January 30 2018
Number of pages: 368
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Genre: dark fantasy, fairy tale
Audience: young adult
Get it at: Chapters Indigo
Shelve it at: Goodreads
Seventeen year old Alice spent most of her life driving on the road with her mother, with bad luck following them. But then her grandmother, a popular author known for her cult classic book of dark fairy tales, dies alone at her estate. And if her bad luck couldn’t get any worse, Alice’s mother is stolen away leaving behind a message for her: don’t ever go into the Hazel Wood.
Alice has stayed away from her grandmother’s estate long enough, but now she has enter to find her mother. She allies with her classmate, Ellery Finch, and together they go into the Hinterland to save her mother, and find out her grandmother’s tale and quite possibly, how her own tale went wrong.
I have said this before: the problem with hyped books is that it doesn’t always live up to its hype. And this is one of them. The story wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t incredible either. There was a no wow factor, the whole story seemed meh in the end. Continue reading “The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert”