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.
THIS BOOK. OH MY GOSH! I can’t seem to find the right words to show how much I love this book. It’s so rare for me to fall in love with book right from the very first page. But The Hazel Wood got me right from the very beginning. Albert’s writing is just mind blowing-ly beautiful. It is pretty detail but every sentence is thoughtfully written. It so atmospheric and it hypnotised me, like seriously. If you know me, I usually dislike writing style that are too detail, but I am making exception for this one. Let me say this, The Hazel Wood make me care about the detail.
We pounded through the park, pools of lamplight strobing over us and dead leaves clutching at our ankles. The air smelled silvery, with a hint of mulch, and the cold wind made my eyes stream.
Now, I do need to mention that The Hazel Wood goes in a slow pace. I know there are books that are slow enough that make us reader lost interest in the middle of the book. But it is not the case with this one. Surprisingly, I enjoy the journey of this story. I did not even think about the slow or fast because I just sucked in the story!
Our main character Alice Proserpine, mann.. I feel sorry for her, but her bravery inspire me. Also, Finch, he is.. I don’t know, I kinda didn’t like him because he is a bit sketchy. But I am glad that as the story goes, he become a character that I expected him to be. Other characters are unique and diverse, which I really appreciate 🙂
I know this review is rather short. But I feel like I will give things too much, and I don’t want that. But, seriously this book is a masterpiece, and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. It’s funny, intense, dark, and magical! It has a fairy-tale vibes in it, but not the sweet kind. It’s the opposite of it, which I think it’s great!
Last but not least, thank you to Flatiron Books for sending me the ARC. I am so so so sooooo happy!
The Hazel Wood will be out in the market on Jan 2018. MAKE SURE to include this one in your tbr list 🙂
Thank you for reading!