The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
How can I even sum up this journey into a paragraph? Honestly, I do not think that I can but I will try my best. Okay, here we go:
There is this girl and her mother who are constantly on the road trying to out run this bad luck that surrounds them any where they go. Alice and Ella are always looking over their shoulders until Alice’s grandmother, author of a famous dark fairy-tale book, dies in her estate called the Hazel Wood. Now, assuming that the bad luck is over, they settle down attempting to have a normal life. That is fine and dandy until Alice’s mother is taken by someone claiming that the scary world that her grandmother, Althea Proserpine, wrote about was true. Now, Alice and Finch must brave the horrors of the Hinterland to search for her mother.
“Life never turns out how you imagine it will when you’re young. Everything is smaller than you think, or too big. It all smells a little funny and fits like somebody else’s shirt.”
The synopsis does this novel no justice. There are so many twists and turns that constantly had me on the edge of my figurative seat. I completely enjoyed the contrast of fairy-tales in this book to the ones that are normally written. Melissa Albert created a wonderfully dark and beautiful world that was utterly captivating. The detail into each and every character was mesmerizing, and I am running out of adjectives…. I cannot believe how thoroughly impressed I am with this book.
“How do you figure out the right way to turn your straw house into brick?”
Seriously, I bought this book on a whim at Target. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (I totally just copied and pasted that shrug). At first, I was like “Why is this girl calling her mother by her first name?” and “Why do I not trust this Ellery Finch bitch?” Well, let me tell you how stupid I was, not even paying attention, I was slammed in the face with surprise after surprise. Here’s my warning to you: do not skim this book. So many details brought this story alive to me. I fell in love with each and every character for different reasons. I promise, if you get this book, you will not regret it. I did see on Goodreads that there should be a sequel or at least another book in the series. I felt some what closure at the end so I do not have a clue to what the next book will hold. However, I cannot wait to read it! I am excited for the official Tales from the Hinterland though. Safe travels to you all!