Book Review | The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

“Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a 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 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. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began . . . ”

This book is wonderfully dark. The story was magical, gritty and unique. It is nothing like I have ever read and I loved this eerie take on fairy tales. It would be a great Halloween read.

This book was addictive.

Albert’s writing is magical and engaging from page one. The writing style flowed well and was coherent. This alongside the short chapters made for a very quick read. The fairy tale element makes the book unpredictable which keeps you guessing at every turn. The world-building was beautifully done and you can really picture the setting.

I feel like this could have been a 5 star read for me but the ending just seemed too simple. The book was full of twists and turns but the resolution was too easy. There could have been a lot more to it and I was a bit disappointed.

Another issue I had with the book was that Albert used the term ‘spastically’ to describe an action. It is 2018 and there is no need for this kind of language to be used.

Despite these issues described above, I really enjoyed this book. I am so pleased to hear that the film rights have been purchased and I cannot wait to see it!

A great read!


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