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, New York : Flatiron Books, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781250192196
9781250147905
Characteristics: 359 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Tierney, Jim - Illustrator

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sjpl_DanaLibrariana Apr 06, 2020

While this isn’t one of those books that will stay lodged in my brain for a while, it was an enjoyable fantasy escape. I’m a sucker for fairy tales and for scary stories and this novel has a nice blend of both. I appreciated the writing and descriptive detail of the scenes and characters. I did feel like there were too many tendrils of story out at some points. Overall, however, I’m glad I read this book.

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susan_findlay
Feb 29, 2020

I like the concept of this book; I thought it was quite original, and I loved the darkness of all the fairy tales (even if some of them didn't make much sense or have any of the "moral of the story" that most of the traditional fairy tales - even the Grimmer ones - have).

If I'd rated it while still in the first half of the book, I'd probably have given it 4 stars. The set up was good, and the initial twists were well done. But, at the end, I'm not satisfied. I felt like there needed to be more . . . resolution?

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kaleighc
Feb 03, 2020

The Hazel Wood provides a brief but enthralling look into the world of twisted fairytales. The author creates effective suspense in the beginning but the short length of the book is its biggest downfall. The latter half is too fast-paced and fails to explain the lore behind the happenings of this fantasy world. Overall, it's an enjoyable and easy read but not terribly memorable.

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SidheWrites
Jan 22, 2020

Most of the reviews that I have encountered for this book were not entirely positive, so I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it. But when I saw it at the library, I decided to give it a chance and am so glad I did.

This was an original story, unlike anything else I've ever read. I really enjoyed the stories within this story and honestly hope Melissa Albert shares Althea's book because I am dying to read it. I know... I know... be careful what you wish for.

I won't say any more for fear of spoiling things for you. I think the less you know about this book, the more likely you are to enjoy it.

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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.

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