Published by Macmillan on January 30th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
When I opened The Hazel Wood I never expected to read what was written within these pages. Suspense. Intrigue. Mystery. A darkness underlining that makes you want to look away but you can’t. You have to keep reading. You need to know how this fairy tale is going to end. It’s so addicting that you can’t put it down and the whole time you’re looking around wondering if the Hinterland are coming for you. Watching. Always watching.
Ella and Alice became my family. My best friends. I grew so attached to them that I felt a loss when I finished this amazing book. Where they went I was there.
I could see the Hazel Wood, Halfway Wood and Hinterland. I could smell The Briar King. Every detail was explicit. The characters were no different. They had so much depth. I loved some and hated more. In whole this book was remarkably written. I really hope Melissa visits more of these characters in the future. I’m a fan for life. The Hazel Wood is one of my top reads of 2018.