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Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. The Hazel Wood 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Hazel Wood , please sign up. Does anyone know if fairy tale extraordinaire, Melissa Albert, plans on writing an actual Tales from the Hinterland book? I need need one desperately, consequences be damned. How did the author get the inspiration for this book? Does anybody know? It sounds so goood!

Melissa Hello, and thank you! The book was inspired by my obsession with classic portal fantasy, fairy tales, and contemporary-set fantasies like The …more Hello, and thank you! The book was inspired by my obsession with classic portal fantasy, fairy tales, and contemporary-set fantasies like The Magicians; by an image I had in my head of a fairy-tale character breaking into the real world; and by my infatuation with general spec-fic weirdness: doors to the unknown, books that might be cursed, stories that live and breathe See all 42 questions about The Hazel Wood…. Lists with This Book.

Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 04, Emily May rated it it was ok Shelves: paranormal-uf , young-adult , arc , Did her insides match her outsides? Was the way my life dripped off me like water, barely leaving a mark, normal? Okay, so this was not a book for me. The blurb makes it sound exactly like the kind of dark fairy tale goodness I love, but if someone had - more accurately - explained that this is a book about a girl called Alice who gets sent to Wonderland the Hinterland where she me Did her insides match her outsides?

Once was enough. I know this will be much more suited to a specific type of reader who likes dreamy, nonsensical prose, heavy on the metaphors. Perhaps those who enjoyed books like Caraval. The book opens with a bit of background about Alice, her mother Ella, and her reclusive grandmother Althea Proserpine - an author of a dark fairy tale collection, Tales from the Hinterland , that gained a cult following some years back.

Alice has never met her grandmother, but Ella has constantly insisted on the two of them packing up and moving again and again, running away from bad luck that clearly has something to do with her grandmother and the book she wrote. When Ella disappears, seemingly kidnapped, Alice teams up with long-time Althea fan, Ellery Finch, and uses his knowledge of the stories to find her grandmother's secret estate - The Hazel Wood. This first half ish seemed very slow and longer than necessary. It is mostly a road trip where the characters rely on fairy tale logic along the lines of if it wants you to find it, you will instead of smarts and deduction to keep the story moving.

A romance develops but, to the author's credit, she never allows this to become a romantic book overall. I found a lot of the story really hard to get through. Maybe because I struggled to form a connection with any character. Alice herself is cold and bitchy, without the depth and complexity needed to make these traits interesting. Ellery Finch is super hipster and must gaze at the moon and quote Shakespeare every few pages in order to keep functioning. He has a tattoo of a Vonnegut quote, of course. And the problem is these two are the only really valuable or memorable characters in the book.

The second half basically is Alice in Wonderland. Which may or may not sound appealing, but my tolerance level for random weirdness isn't that high. My favourite parts were the Tales from the Hinterland fairy tales within the story, which were deliciously dark and creepy, but I disliked it every time we came back to "reality" with Alice and Finch.

I kinda wish the author had written a book of short stories instead and let me skip out on everything else. I could definitely see myself enjoying a creepy short story collection from Albert. Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube View all 99 comments. It's time for another unpopular opinion review! This book was literally the single biggest reading disappointment of the year for me. I really wanted to love this story.

It was being marketed as a twisted fairytale, and those are my aesthetic for sure - the spookier and darker, the better - but this fell short in so many ways. Please remember that these are just my opinions! You are more than welcome to disagree or tell me your thoughts, but please do so respectfully. I wanted that uncaring, 'here's your blood and guts and your fucked-up happy ending' fairy-tale voice. My first disappointment was in learning that the setting was modern-day New York, and the first half of the book straddled the line between contemporary and urban fantasy, at best.

The story doesn't pick up as an actual fantasy tale until after the halfway mark, and when it does, the writing immediately becomes much less enjoyable. Anyone who knows my reading tastes knows I love flowery prose, but many of the descriptions in the fantasy "half" of this book go far past flowery, straight through whimsical, and land smack-dab in nonsense. I did get it, I did. And the shame of it boiled into something darker. Before my brain could catch up, I jerked the wheel and turned the car off the road, sending us rattling toward the trees. She starts the book off poorly, rambling about her anger issues without giving us any reason as to why she's talking about them.

As it progresses, she expresses actual, unwarranted physical violence towards other characters including attempting to kill them via vehicular manslaughter because she feels guilty for her own poor choices. She shouts and snaps constantly, has no respect for anyone besides her mother , and judges everyone she meets hyper-critically. Her judgmental nature even borders on ableism when she meets a character who has been driven to a broken mental state by entering the Hazel Wood: Alice has several internal monologues about how little she trusts the woman's hygiene and the state of the woman's home's cleanliness, solely because she doesn't deem the woman "sane enough".

Even when she enlists the help of Finch, she is incessantly rude, critical, and offensive towards him. When she is finally called out on her offensive nature, she deflects, makes excuses, and has a general disregard for any harm she has caused. In one scenario, when he remarks on her misogynistic speech, her actual comeback is, "Oh, my god, Finch, go get a liberal arts degree" I read this three times in hopes of making sense of it before deciding that she learned her snark from old men in facebook comment threads.

Beyond all of the ways in which Alice's character is incredibly harmful and is rarely - if ever - challenged for most of her behaviors, she's also just not well-written. She's hypocritical, self-contradicting, and outright boring. Maybe Finch wasn't trying to be the sidekick in my story. Maybe he was trying to start one of his own. Unfortunately, my optimism started to falter when I learned that Finch, the single black character in the story in New York City, no less , is commented on multiple times as being unattractive and "a waste of wealth" - never challenged.

That was the first red flag - in a book with no commentary on anyone else's features, the single person of color is the only unattractive one? He feels incredibly one-dimensional from start to finish, though some of this may just be to blame on Alice's refusal to let him speak for more than thirty seconds without telling him to shut up. It felt like there was some small attempt to have a dialogue on racism and privilege when Finch talks to Alice about being afraid of racial profiling, but it's thrown away when Alice immediately insinuates that his father's wealth negates any racism he faces, and then further derails the conversation every time he tries to speak to her about it.

His entire character arc felt so bad to read. Sadly, they're incredibly few and far between - I think we only got two full tales in the entire book. I enjoyed those stories, and would probably read a bind-up of them, but within the context of the entire book, they weren't enough to salvage it. I would more than likely not pick up any future books by Melissa Albert, and cannot, in good faith, recommend this story to anyone. Thank you to Flatiron for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review! You can find this review and more here on my blog! View all comments. Oct 26, Hailey Hailey in Bookland rated it really liked it Shelves: magical-realism , mystery-thriller-paranormal.

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So let's see how it goes! I think I jinxed it!!!! I think I jinxed it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I did enjoy the character of Finch, he was my favorite! I was on my way home from work. My shirt was covered in scone crumbs and my hair was spiked with sweat. A flicker of light on dark water. Then he swung around and walked back up the sidewalk. I'm sure more people will love the book. There seems to be a ton of people on Amazon that love it already so there is that. Anyway, on to the next! Happy Reading! View all 58 comments.

Sep 18, Melanie rated it did not like it Shelves: contemporary , signed , read-in , subscription-box-owlcrate , young-adult , subscription-box-fairyloot , arc , buddy-reads , fantasy. ARC provided by Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review. She used them to win love and money and gifts. She used them to carry her across the world. Next, and this could be completely my fault, I feel like this is marketed as a YA Fantasy, when it takes the reader almost pages, out of a page book, to even get into the fantasy aspect and by that time I couldn't care less about some pseudo Alice in Wonderland.

So the basic premise of The Hazel Wood is that a seventeen-year-old girl named Alice has been on the run with her mother, Ella, for as long as she can remember. But this book was so incredibly slow. I had to bribe myself with chocolates to even finish it. She talks over people, and is demanding, and refuses to acknowledge her mistakes. I could never and will never connect with her, and it was honestly miserable to be inside of her head. So, the problematic element is the treatment of the biracial side character who Alice spends most of the book with. Finch is the only person of color in this book, and Alice constantly remarks on how unattractive he is, and it feels really bad.

Like that negates the color of his skin and the racism he faces every single day because of it, because she grew up poor and on the run with her mom. It just reads badly and made my very uncomfortable while reading. Also, Alice even got physically abusive a couple times and I just wasn't there for it at all. The other minor thing that just made me feel a little uncomfortable while reading was that this book kind of romanticizes kidnapping. Like, Alice has very fond memories of being kidnapped when she was six and it feels almost like glorifying it.

And the last thing is that the deus ex machina in this book is very strong. So many things just so conveniently happened, especially at the end of this book when we are finally in a fairytale land, to wrap up this story. Both of these were honestly great, and I enjoyed them immensely and it showcased that the author does have talent for writing.

Unfortunately, this is only two chapters of a thirty-one chapter book. But both of those short stories were good and I enjoyed each one more than the rest of this entire book combined Also, have you seen the finished copy of this? With its foil sprayed pages? People are going to hate and dread picking it up, or they are going to be completely engrossed, love, and devour it. And if you do decide to pick this one up, I hope you find way more enjoyment within its pages than I did.

Content warnings for underage alcohol consumption, drug use, self-harm, talk of suicide, and mild violence. Buddy read with Jenn! View all 62 comments. Feb 01, Sabaa Tahir rated it it was amazing. Holy Hinterland crows, that was good. Read this at night, with a cup of tea and the lights dimmed so you can be scared silly like I was. View 1 comment. Shelves: from-publisher. Yeah, this isn't that story. Think of the old school Brother's Grimm fairytales, and then imagine something even darker and you'll have a clear picture of what this book holds for you.

That's not a criticism; one of the surest ways to get me to commit to reading a book is to tell me it's an old "Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt. That's not a criticism; one of the surest ways to get me to commit to reading a book is to tell me it's an old school fairytale. I am a hardcore sucker for these wicked little snippets into an alternate world, and this debut felt like it was written by a seasoned pro with all the bells and whistles you could ask for. When Alice was born, her eyes were black from end to end, and the midwife didn't stay long enough to wash her.

We're dropped into the story about midway; the first few chapters are meant to give us some background on Alice, her mother Ella, and her grandmother Althea Prosperine, who became famous by writing a book of fairytales. This book was titled Tales From The Hinterland and it contained a total of twelve brief stories.

The cool part about The Hazel Wood is that we get to read a couple of these first hand within the story Three Times Alice and The Door That Wasn't There , while also getting brief snippets from most of the rest of them toward the end. This aspect was so unique and compelling that I felt a little breathless at the end. I wanted every story verbatim! I feel like, if the author so chose, she could write Tales From The Hinterland , binding and fully fleshing out all twelve stories in a volume to sell as a companion novel and we the people would EAT.

Seriously, please please pretty please? So Alice remembers being kidnapped at the age of six by a strange man with red hair claiming to take her to visit her recluse of a grandmother, but she was never harmed and never laid eyes on Althea. Strange things begin to happen, such as Alice spotting the mysterious redheaded man a decade after her last sighting of him, her mother and herself receiving a letter stating Althea has passed away, and finally, Ella disappearing under very strange circumstances.

Alice has no one to turn to other than a recently made acquaintance named Ellery Finch, who is a mega super borderline stalker fan of Althea's work. His money and affluent nature allow them to forge a shaky bond and they decide to set off on a journey to do the very thing Alice's mother warned her not to do-visit the Hazel Wood. You'd think, after the upbringing I'd had, I'd at least be used to it. I wouldn't call Alice a likable character, but she was certainly a compelling lead.

I felt just as befuddled as she did along this journey; I honestly had no clue where this story would take us and was just as shocked as Alice at every twist and turn. While there was no sexual content whatsoever in this book at least that I remember , it still made me give pause to what age range this book would be most appropriate for. I can't quite put my finger on what exactly provoked this sense of unease I felt; perhaps it was the not so light way the story was wrapped up?

There isn't much levity to be found here; if you're the type of reader looking for a happy ending you most certainly have come to the wrong place. Originally I gave this book 4 stars, but I've decided to bump it up to a full 5, seeing as it's been almost a full week since I finished it and I cannot stop thinking about it.

This quirky little novel has been jostling other stories I am currently reading, vying for attention in my head and further pondering, so for that reason, I think I need to give credit where credit is due. This book certainly won't be for everyone, but I think the fans of dark fairytales and things that go bump in the night will wholly appreciate the author's ability to conjure up such a complex tale that was detailed and, quite frankly, brilliant.

Highly recommended! Book 4 in my Nebulous November challenge! View all 21 comments. Mar 15, Emma Giordano rated it liked it Shelves: audiobooks. The writing was fine. The characters were okay. The world was probably the most interesting element of the story, but nothing amazing in my opinion. I really enjoyed how the story takes place in modern day New York City and the fairytale elements are hidden beneath.

I genuinely enjoyed my ti 3 Stars. Additionally, I did lose focus nearing the end of the story. Stories became jumbled and it left me feeling as if the ending has less impact than it intended to. I understand the valid criticisms of how Alice treats the only person of color in the story because that was a bit more off-putting than her other traits. There is a scene where Finch, a biracial character, tries to calmly explain why Alice provoking a police officer in his company can be dangerous and Alice completely brushes off his concerns, trivializing the racism he experiences because he comes from money.

It was just messy. I will also mention that I actually enjoyed the fact that this story followed a main character who grew up in poverty and without a stable home — Situations like this are not common in YA and it was nice to see a character who constantly moved from place to place, have been kicked out by people they stay with, always on the road and have a parent who is always working odd jobs to make ends meet. View all 5 comments.

They keep our stars in place. They make our grass grow. The whole thing was so well planned and the book did justice to the concept which was also great. The world itself is written very descriptively which helped picture the very fictional and fantastical world and characters. It was so much more interesting because nearly every other character had their own agenda and were playing their own angle. In this world, Althea Proserpine was a famous writer who wrote the books Tales of Hinterland.

This book is an enigma, there are no traces of it online and very few people have read it and those who have read it are borderline addicted to it and Althea, Once this book was published Althea Proserpine moved into an estate called The Hazel Wood and fans all over the world have tried to locate it with no avail. But all her life Alice and her mother have been moving from place to place without ever settling down because if they ever stay in one place for too long bad luck just seems to follow them and bring a whole lot of destruction along with it.

But now Alice has been taken by someone who claims to be from Hinterland, the very world Althea based all her stories on, which now turns out to be real. And if the world is real so must be the stories. The fairytales Althea wrote were not our average fairy tales with happy endings, they were gruesome tales generally with savage endings and characters who held no semblance of humanity.

Now that Hinterland has proved to be real Alice will have to have navigate a world of the darkest stories in existence to rescue her mother, with the help of Finch who happens to be one of her grandmothers cultish superfans who remembers every story in the book. This book grabbed my attention in the beginning and held it all the way to the end. The world within this world is one of the most interesting I have ever read.

The concept of the Hinterland and the Hazel Wood was written with a lot of clarity which increases the pace of the book. Everything about this book dragged me in and the next book has a lot of intrigue to live up to. I rate this book 5 stars. View all 16 comments. Feb 17, emma rated it really liked it Shelves: unpopular-opinion , fantasy , 3-and-a-half-stars , gorgeous-covers , recommend , reviewed , owned , library , ya.

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Finally, I had an unpopular opinion……… Honestly, even though hating the books that everyone loves makes me feel quirky and unique and dare I say All the shenanigans and special-snowflake-ness of an unpopular opinion with none of the pain and full-on suffering of reading a bad book! I should Finally, I had an unpopular opinion……… I should do this more often.

Fingers crossed. Which, in this case? Synopsis first. Procrastination nation and all that!!! Alice is a weirdo teenage girl who has been on the run with her mom, Ella, for her whole life. Not on the run from the law. Everywhere they go, bad luck follows them. And they do. Ella marries a reeeeaaaaally rich guy. Alice goes to a private school and works in an overpriced pretentious coffee shop.

I love fairytales, dark and creeeeepy ones most of all, so Now, good news or bad news first? Alice sucks. Yes, the main character of this whole shindig. Alice is very mean. Unnecessarily so. It makes for a bumpy ride. She is really obsessed with her mom, too. Like, actually the only relationship in her life is with her mom. Never corrected, because of course not, but there are more books. Alice sucks, and partner-in-crime extraordinaire Ellery Finch who goes by his last name, as is the habit of the worst kinds of pretentious YA rich boys , is eh at best.

So not off to a good start. But not here, my dear boy! As mentioned, I love fairytales, and this feels very fairytaley. Which is extremely rare in YA, I think. How cool is that! Also so rare! This book is atmospheric as hell and it full-on nails it. I also lovelovelove the writing style. I Googled so many things and read so many Wikipedia pages in the course of this book. What more could you want?

It makes such a detailed, realistic world v helpful for magical realism as bonkers as this and is also just the best reading experience. Okay, maybe traces. Look at me making up expressions. There are romancey moments between Finch and Alice. Alice almost-but-not-quite feels something for him.

It might be friendship. Sorry if it does but also I disagree with you! And a YA fantasy without a romance is more refreshing than I can say. If Melissa Albert is smart, or loves me or the world or both, she will write that spinoff. View all 26 comments. People say, "Oh, the writing! Holy fucking moly. I just couldn't grasp the full of it.

It was so confusing; sure the writing was good and the premise of the story overall is actually really intriguing and unique Or maybe I'm just too stupid to understand lmao. She is an unlikable character made to be unlikable to be liked as a flawed character but I couldn't do it. She was so arrogant and selfish sometimes I just wanted to shout at her. Also the way she treated another person of color, a boy, was just plain ignorant and fucking stupid.

They got stopped by a cop and he told her how he was uncomfortable around them and about his skin color and literally this white girl tells him to shut up and goes off about how he is super rich and has a ton of privilege She was gonna run their car into a fucking tree because she got to pissed at this conversation and I was so fucking iritated I put the book down and drank a glass of water. Irrelevant but still. Alice, honey, grow the fuck up. Literally this book was one of my most anticipated releases of and so far, two of my most anticipated reads have been let downs and now I'm just flat out annoyed writing this stupid review and I was going to give this book three stars because it wasn't that bad but NOT and I'm going to be a petty ass bitch and give this fucking book two stars imsofuckingannoyedrightnowwhyisthishappeningughomgoooooodddddd FUCK.

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View all 23 comments. Seventeen-year-old Alice has never had reason to believe her grandmother's book of dark fairy tales is founded in truth - until now. When her mother is kidnapped by a mysterious figure who claims to be from the Hinterland — the dangerous supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set — she must join forces with a classmate, Ellery Finch, whose cult-love of her grandmother's fairy tales are the key to finding the realm where her mother is being held captive. The Hazel Wood pays homage Seventeen-year-old Alice has never had reason to believe her grandmother's book of dark fairy tales is founded in truth - until now.

The Hazel Wood pays homage to fables and fairy tales by occasionally making light references to stories such as "The Three Little Pigs" when Alice questions, " If you've spent your whole life running, how do you learn to stand still? How do you figure out the right way to turn your straw house into brick? You'd need breadcrumbs or a spool of thread. Some descriptions are liable to make readers swoon.