I recently finished The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert! I really wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. From what I heard it was a little spooky, had some fairytale vibes and that’s it. I completely under-estimated this book. The story went way deeper than I imagined it would.
In The Hazel Wood, Alice, a young teenager, is dealing with a rough home life. It’s just her and her mom, Ella, and they are constantly on the move. But there’s a secret Alice is soon to learn about her family. Her grandmother, Althea, is a famous and mysterious writer who wrote a spooky fairytale book that has a cult following. When Althea dies unexpectedly strange things start happening and Alice finds herself in the middle of an adventure she definitely didn’t ask for. What is the Hinterland and why do they want her, and can she survive?
I don’t want to give anything away in this review because I really think you should go into this book not knowing very much. As I was reading this story I kept thinking to myself how much I loved Melissa Albert’s writing style. She has a way with words that makes then flow through your mind, taking root in your emotions and burying themselves there making you think about them all day. I actually went to look up Melissa to see what else she has written only to be disappointed in finding this is her first novel! What an amazing debut!
Throughout this book we get to actually read some of the creepy short stories from Alice’s grandmother. These are dark fairytales for sure! There is nothing bright and happy about them. I enjoyed the look into the Hinterland and the stories it had. We jump from present day to another world that is creepy and strange to say the least. Melissa does this beautifully.
I wound up giving this book five stars! I was invested in the characters, loved the world descriptions, and the plot was riveting. I highly recommend The Hazel Wood if you like a darker fairytale with modern day twists. I will be looking out for more from Melissa Albert! I can’t wait to see what else she writes.
Happy Reading Lovely Reader Friends