Arc Review – The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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January 29, 2018 by ceresbooksworld


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Book one in The Hazel Wood series

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publication date: January 30th, 2018

Source: eArc from Netgalley

Rating: 2 hearts




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.


I don’t know what to think of this book, I was bored, I found it long and I didn’t appreciate the story even if it was original.

I think all of this is unfortunately related to the heroine who annoyed me throughout the book. She has such anger and hate in her that it’s irritating. She is never happy, she hates people, and she treats them badly when they try to help her.

I really found her horrible with Finch, so yes he’s not perfect but it’s not a reason.

One thing I liked was the fact that the story is linked to a storybook, but the other stories are not developed enough for my taste.

My review will be short since I did not like it.

Quick Word: A book that could have been interesting if the heroin was not so irritating.



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