Review: The Hazel Wood

Goodreads Description:

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.

My Rating: 4 Stars


I received a copy of this book at Yallfest 2017. At that point I had heard about this book but didn’t exactly have any interest in reading it, and had no idea what it was about. Let me just say how glad I am that I ended up with an ARC of this book because I am a HUGE fan of fairy tales and fantasy.  With that being said, if you love dark, creepy fairy tales then please pick up this book when it releases on January 30th! This review will be short just because I really don’t want to give away the book or accidentally spoil something for anyone!

*My bookstagram friend did tell me how much this book creeped her out, and said it would be best if I read this book with my husband home. To a certain point, I can see why. So small warning, this book has some major creepy vibes!*

The main character of this book is Alice, who’s grown accustomed to living in random people’s houses, bad luck, and not staying in one place too long. Her and her mom Ella are always on the move and no matter where they go, it seems like bad luck follows them every step of the way. Little does Alice know that “bad luck” isn’t exactly what she thinks it is.

Throughout the book we hear of “Tales of the Hinterland”, which contains creepy fairy tale stories written by Alice’s grandmother. I can only hope that the author actually publishes a book containing these stories, because I need to know all of them! Like I said, I LOVE fairy tales…especially dark ones. We DO get to see a few stories about certain characters throughout the book as told by Ellery Finch, a super fan of Alice’s grandmother.

The only reason why I ended up giving this book 4 stars, was for personal reasons. The VERY small part of me that loves contemporary/fluff just wanted to see a bit of romance…even just a little? Either way, this book is dark, full of creepy stories, and definitely worth picking up!


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