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The Hazel Wood Book Review

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I started reading The Hazel Wood via audiobook back in March and I thought it was fantastic so I bought my own copy to finish reading it. I read this during May for the Cursed Books Bookclub!


I really loved the first half of the book. There was mystery and creepy things happening and I was intrigued. But I didn’t actually like much of the second half of the book (which I know some people love more than the first half.) But I did keep reading because I wanted to know what was happening and how it would all end for Alice.

I thought that the writing was incredible. The descriptions made every sense come alive and that made reading this book so incredibly fun. This story is so creepy and magical and whimsical (in a dark way) and it was unlike any other book I’ve ever read! Also… can we get an actual copy of Tales from the Hinterland? Because I think that would be amazing to read.

They aren’t that great (well their actions) and they aren’t really likeable. But that made this story even better I swear.

Alice drove me slightly nuts at some parts but I also really liked her.

Like, she’s just a teenage girl trying to figure out what happened to her mom and all these weird things keep happening plus bad luck has followed her every where so I mean, some of her attitudes and decisions throughout the novel totally make sense but she still wasn’t my favorite.

Ellery Finch was actually one of my favorite characters in the whole story

though now as I’m typing my review I can’t actually tell you why I liked him so much. ((This just  goes to show that I need to get better at taking notes on the books I’m planning to review so I can have more reasons of why I liked the characters, not just that I liked him.))

Ella Oh I wanted more of Ella.

She was so mysterious and it was sort of obvious that she’d been hiding something from Alice and I’m glad that that question is answered but I did want more from/about Ella.

Like I mentioned before, I really liked the first half of the book.

And I’m honestly wondering if I would have liked the second half just as much if I’d finished listening to the Audiobook version instead of reading it. I’ll never know… unless I try to listen to the end, we’ll see.

I loved the creepy delicious descriptions of everything in this book.

The writing in this book was A M A Z I N G and you might just need to read The Hazel Wood purely because of the writing.

All of the {creepy} fairytales.

I loved that the fairytales were mixed in with our world. I always wanted fairytales to be real when I was younger and while I don’t know if I’d really like these fairytales to be real, it was such a great part of the story. Loved it. I need more of these dark fairytales!

Spoiler: But I actually didn’t like the Hinterland all that much, once Alice got there I mean.

For me, I liked the story more before she got into the Hinterland. But then there wouldn’t be the last half of the book if that didn’t happen. I don’t know why I disliked this part so much, but it wasn’t my favorite at all.

The Hype.

I was so ready for this book to be absolutely amazing and for it to be a favorite book. My expectations were high but I didn’t love it like I wanted to. I do understand the hype, but I hate that I gave into the hype.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, 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.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

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What did you like about The Hazel Wood? Do you think it lived up to all of it’s hype?

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