The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood

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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.
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250147905
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION Albert Melissa 01/2018
Characteristics: 359 pages ;,22 cm


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JCLCharlouL Jan 07, 2018

So you think fairy tales are something from long ago and far away? Not exactly. Alice, 17, finds our the real reason she and her mother have always been on the run and it's quite a story.

JCLChrisK Mar 12, 2018

I'm not a fan of gruesome, graphic, gory horror; however, I'm a big fan of stories that are dark. Atmospheric. Disquieting. Plumbing the depths of the human psyche. Some of those stories are creepy dark. Some of them are deliciously dark. The Hazel Wood is gritty dark.

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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.

LPL_ColtonS Sep 18, 2018

Alice Proserpine is used to living her life on the run. Living with her wild mother, leaving town at the slightest disturbance or hint of "bad luck" has become all too familiar. But when her mother is kidnapped by dark agents of The Hinterland, a fairy-tail world created by her grandmother, the search leads her to the one place she has always been told to keep away from; The Hazel Wood. Dark tales meet the real world, where doors can open anywhere, where stories can kill, and where you can get a free drink for any song, post 1972, that you can sing from start to finish.

Jul 19, 2018

So, I think this book is 4 or 5 stars until you hit the last third of it. Then I felt the writing got really weird. There were some descriptions of things that were cringe worthy. It basically just really fell apart for me, which was disappointing because I really liked the first two thirds of the book.

Jul 18, 2018

Very intriguing premise, although I did feel that Melissa Albert got a bit overly descriptive at times and that caused me as a reader to zone out of the story. However, when this book was great, it was GREAT and I couldn't put it down during parts.

I didn't pick up on the "Alice in Wonderland" with a twist- to me it felt more like a brand new fairy tale. Melissa Albert does realistic fantasy very well.

Overall, an interesting and engaging story.

Jun 05, 2018

I read this for the "A Book Published in 2018" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I found this book so fascinating that I read it in one day. The story line was really original, and while the ending wasn't exactly happy, it did end better than I thought it was going to.

May 12, 2018

What if you were told, that your life is actually entwined with that of fairy tales? Having faced too much bad luck for it to be "bad luck," Alice (protagonist) comes to shocking realizations one day after school. On a mission one can only call "spun by fate," she is determined to change her destiny. This book was very captivating overall, and I liked how it didn't try to appeal to a huge audience. It had its quirks and darkness, and unless readers enjoy it fully, it is not worth continuing. Fair warning, it does not shy away from blood/gore. -@Siri of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Apr 25, 2018

It's an interesting premise and a decent read... but I wasn't especially compelled or moved by any of it.

Cynthia_N Apr 13, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this one but now I'm sad because I want to read Tales from the Hinterland and I can't! Another one the I just read will be made into a movie! Definitely worth the time!!

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