The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood

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
ISBN: 9781250147905
1250147905
Characteristics: 359 pages ; 22 cm

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happycanuck
Oct 08, 2019

Some people may love it. I found it went too far into a fantasy world.

sjpl_rebekah Aug 26, 2019

This is an example of a fairytale done right. In the same fashion as the Brothers Grimm, Albert weaves together a series of dark and twisted tales with no morals and a whole lot of death. I can honestly say that I never knew what to expect with this story, because it is not an adaptation of anything I am familiar with. It does have echoes of Alice in Wonderland in the sense that a character named Alice portals into a fantasy world; however, that seems to be where the similarities end. I enjoyed the characters, and the dialogue, and the way the author wove together a modern day setting with a more fantastical one. I am also a sucker for stories within a story, and I was very pleased to find out that although this could easily have been a standalone, there will be a continuation of this story in another book. There were a number of story titles mentioned that were not told, and I am hopeful that those stories might be revealed in the next installment. I also hope that there is more to the story of Alice and Finch. Fingers crossed!

As always, Rebecca Soler was a perfect performer in this story. Loved it in audiobook format!

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Javonna
Jul 21, 2019

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Alberta is about a young girl named Alice has always been chased by bad luck. One day she meets a fan of her Grandmothers dark fairytales : Ellery Finch. The two adventure straight into the hazel wood where the base of all the fairy tales occur. She finds out these stories were not made up and goes straight into bad luck. Will she ever escape?

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violet_cat_4213
May 24, 2019

I highly enjoyed the creepy, original plot line with all its dark twists and turns.

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ashleykirkham
May 21, 2019

Great dark fairytale!

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bookishmutant
Dec 30, 2018

Real rating: 4.25 stars

Since it came out sometime this year, I’ve heard LOTS of people raving about it, especially from the likes of EpicReads. I almost bought it at Barnes and Noble (should’ve done it, now that I know how good it is), but brushed it off because a) I wasn’t really hooked in that moment, and b) the hardcover was unreasonably expensive for a book. Now I simultaneously regret and delight in the fact that I got it at the library. Delight, because man, this book was a treasure; regret because now I’ll have to return it in a week’s time.

I didn’t have super high expectations, but MAN, “The Hazel Wood” blew it out of the water! Near-perfectly executed magical realism...was that magical realism? I mean, it’s been shelved as fiction and fantasy, but I’d say it was a pretty perfect blend of both. The fantasy element, towards the end of the book, was a little more prevalent, but...I guess that would be magical realism? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Either way, the author made it work almost flawlessly.
Honestly, I was hooked from start to finish. The writing was spectacular, and the world building was so enchanting, that I felt like I never wanted to leave. (That is, until I got to the Hinterlands...hehehe...) I found myself growing attached to Alice, and I loved exploring her backstory. The other characters, whether I liked them or not, were incredibly well thought up, and the chemistry between them was perfectly executed. I loved the lore that came along with “Tales from the Hinterland”, and all of the dark, creepy fairy excerpts we got throughout the course of the book. I’d like to see more of those, and apparently, “Tales from the Hinterland” is going to be published as a separate book in a few years’ time...

And finally, I REALLY enjoyed all of the little pop culture references that were thrown in there, especially the music related ones. I’ll admit that I thoroughly enjoyed the description of Lana from the coffee shop, and the subsequent interaction between her in the customer who mistook T. Rex for the Stone Roses. I cracked up at the latter.

All in all, “The Hazel Wood” is most definitely worth a read, whether you like fantasy, fiction, or both.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 27, 2018

I don't know how else to describe this book other than "atmospheric and weird". It's dark and strange and aggressively not romantic in a way that is very refreshing for a YA book, and I finished it feeling, honestly, kind of sad that there's going to be a sequel, because this book is so odd and vividly realized that I almost wanted it to just exist by itself out in the world without any follow-up or resolution. I realize the words I'm using to describe this don't necessarily sound that complimentary, so please just trust me when I say that I mean "weird" in the best possible way.

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RaptorMouse
Dec 13, 2018

Alice has been on the run with her mother ever since she can remember; always running from the nameless bad luck that always seemed to follow them. After her mother Ella received a letter stating Ella’s mother Althea died, they finally settled down and the bad luck seemed a memory of the past. All that changed when Alice came home and found out her mother has been kidnapped by the Hinterland, a strange fairytale land where most stories end in death. Now, with the help of her classmate Ellery, she is not running away from a nameless something. She is running towards the Hazel Wood, the house where Althea Prosperine first wrote her novel, Tales from the Hinterland. Will she be able to rescue her mother or is there death in their future? A strange story full of adventure and mystery, it is a story to be enjoyed by teen and adult alike. Warning: does contain (needless) character death.

JessicaGma Nov 12, 2018

I was on board with the creepy and weird until her Black friend gets killed - seriously?? There's a trope that needs to vanish. It was overhyped for me, and didn't quite do it.

Tigard_LisaE Oct 18, 2018

Fully creepy. My childhood is ruined.

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