Series: The Hazel Wood #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: January 30th 2018
My Rating: 5 Cups
Source: Own Copy
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.”I read this book as a part of the Cursed Books Book Club a.k.a Marta’s awesome reading idea. I've been intrigued about the story ever since I first heard about it last year, but I've always held off on reading it, because my expectations were super high. I'm very happy that this book didn't disappoint me.
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.
The Hazel Wood is the story of Alice and her quest to finding her mother. Alice is a young girl that, along with her mother, is trying to escape her grandmother's fame. There also seems to be a curse following them, because they can't really settle in any one place before strange, dangerous things start happening. Although there aren't a lot of people following Alice and her mother, the few people who do seem to be very strange and dangerous.
I'll be honest and say I wasn't at first really enchanted by the story. I didn't like Alice all that much in the beginning, and I couldn't really explain why. It wasn't until I got to the second half of the book that I started seeing her with different eyes. I liked the fact that she goes in search of her mother, even though she has no idea where to even begin searching for her, but it isn't until the moment she gets to the Hazel Wood and starts to uncover the secrets of her grandmother's stories that I finally understood Alice, and also liked her. It's strange how that part of the book made me understand the entire character better.