The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

OH MY GOODNESS. I requested to review this based SOLEY on the fact that it was all over my feed and my goodness am I thankful I did. This was an absolutely breathtaking read. The world that you dive into while reading this is truly a fairytale. It is a novel unlike any novel that I have ever read. What would you say if you found out fairytales were real? What if you found out that you life is not at all what you have been taught to think? When Alice begins to hunt down her Mother and all paths lead back to The Hazel Wood, things take a turn for the tale. The Fairy Tale kind. UGH. This book is full of spoilers and I am trying REALLY hard to to yell about them. Seamless storytelling and multi faced characters that you completely become enamored with. This is a story about adventure and finding the truth. Fighting for freedom. I can't wait for the next book. Heck, I can't wait to reread this book in preparation for the next novel. HUGE GIANT stars for The Hazel Wood. Buy on Amazon: Add to 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.” 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.