The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

hazel woodThis was a late addition to the reading list. I got approved for it while I had moved on to my next book. It was one that I really wanted to read, so I put on my reading pants and got to it.

The story focuses on 17 year old Alice. Her grandmother made a name for herself writing dark fairy tales. Alice and her mother move from place to place, seeming to be on the run from something. As usual, I don’t want to give the story away. Because that is part of the fun of reading the book, right?

I really enjoyed this book. I was worried about getting through it quickly since I only had a week to read it (on top of working and packing to move). But it was not a problem. It was easy to get through, and it was easy to get absorbed in.

It’s got a fairy-tale, adventure, magical vibe to it. It kinda has a Neil Gaiman-ish feel to it. Rooted in this world but also in another fantasy world.

It is inventive, and the characters are well crafted. Honestly I had no idea what was going to happen next.

I will say, I did find Alice to be a little bit annoying in the beginning, however, it becomes clear why she is that way as the book progresses. So if you have the same experience, just go with it.

Overall, it was an enjoyable and fun read.

I recommend this highly and gave it a 4/5 star rating on Goodreads.

Full disclosure: I received this eARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review. (Thanks NetGalley!)

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