The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Flatiron Books, 2018
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781250147905
1250147905
9781250147912
Branch Call Number: FICTION Alb
Description: 359 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Tierney, Jim

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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, Al... Read More »


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bonjbothe3rd
Jul 19, 2018

So, I think this book is 4 or 5 stars until you hit the last third of it. Then I felt the writing got really weird. There were some descriptions of things that were cringe worthy. It basically just really fell apart for me, which was disappointing because I really liked the first two thirds of the book.

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BohoBookDragon
Jul 18, 2018

Very intriguing premise, although I did feel that Melissa Albert got a bit overly descriptive at times and that caused me as a reader to zone out of the story. However, when this book was great, it was GREAT and I couldn't put it down during parts.

I didn't pick up on the "Alice in Wonderland" with a twist- to me it felt more like a brand new fairy tale. Melissa Albert does realistic fantasy very well.

Overall, an interesting and engaging story.

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Linyarai
Jun 05, 2018

I read this for the "A Book Published in 2018" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I found this book so fascinating that I read it in one day. The story line was really original, and while the ending wasn't exactly happy, it did end better than I thought it was going to.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 12, 2018

What if you were told, that your life is actually entwined with that of fairy tales? Having faced too much bad luck for it to be "bad luck," Alice (protagonist) comes to shocking realizations one day after school. On a mission one can only call "spun by fate," she is determined to change her destiny. This book was very captivating overall, and I liked how it didn't try to appeal to a huge audience. It had its quirks and darkness, and unless readers enjoy it fully, it is not worth continuing. Fair warning, it does not shy away from blood/gore. -@Siri of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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KatG1983
Apr 25, 2018

It's an interesting premise and a decent read... but I wasn't especially compelled or moved by any of it.

Cynthia_N Apr 13, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this one but now I'm sad because I want to read Tales from the Hinterland and I can't! Another one the I just read will be made into a movie! Definitely worth the time!!

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jamesmaiden
Mar 28, 2018

Though there were pieces of this novel that felt...extra, the story itself does an amazing job of telling the tale of those of us in the LGBT+ community that tried to find reconciliation between who we are and what our religion wanted from us. I remember going to church camp and the feeling of disgust with myself that I was a gay man, which was taught to me by the "caring" counselors was against the God that I wanted to love me. I would completely recommend this book. It read really easily and reflected a lot of the emotions and struggles I faced as a teenager.

SPPL_Anna Mar 24, 2018

Haunting and eminently readable.

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kkaur2
Mar 23, 2018

Interesting novel! Twist on the classic Alice in Wonderland tale as it takes a dark turn. The story is a bit slow in the beginning but moves along quickly. Good read. Dark humor, dark tales, interesting concept. Would recommend.

JCLChrisK Mar 12, 2018

I'm not a fan of gruesome, graphic, gory horror; however, I'm a big fan of stories that are dark. Atmospheric. Disquieting. Plumbing the depths of the human psyche. Some of those stories are creepy dark. Some of them are deliciously dark. The Hazel Wood is gritty dark.

Alice has spent her life haunted by a collection of dark fairy tales famously authored by her grandmother. Haunted, and hounded. Always on the run, in one way or another, with her rootless mother. A loving, fiercely protective mother who has always been fully open and honest about everything. Except for one topic: Alice's grandmother--whom she has never met--and the famous, hard-to-find, collectable book--which she has never read. There is a mystery at the center of Alice's life.

Until the mystery begins to materialize all around her, and running is no longer an option. The darkness has finally caught up to Alice and her mother, and Alice is learning the dark secrets they have been fleeing--whether she wants to or not. And she is learning her place in that darkness.

The magic in this story is not enchanting. The princesses are not from Disney, or even Grimm. And the fairy tales are not the ones we're accustomed to. Alice must now face those stories to figure out who she is and determine if she can ever truly be free of them.

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