REVIEW : THE HAZEL WOOD

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TITLE: The Hazel Wood
AUTHOR: Melissa Albert
GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult
FORMAT: Audiobook
PUBLISHED: January 30th 2018
PUBLISHER: MacMillan Audio

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Welcome to the Hazel Wood.

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.

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WHAT I THINK

Everyone is supposed to be a combination of nature and nurture, their true selves shaped by years of friends and fights and parents and dreams and things you did too young and things you overheard that you shouldn’t have and secrets you kept or couldn’t and regrets and victories and quiet prides, all the packed-together detritus that becomes what you call your life.

First of all, let’s start with the fact that I loved the narrator!! Her voice, the way she talked and her singing! Gosh, I wanted to listen the songs in repeat over and over again. It made this even more beautiful than it would have been if I’d read it as a physical book.

This book was great! I can’t believe that I wasn’t really going to read it, ever. And what would have I missed in that case! I really enjoyed the storyline and the characters.
It was intense almost from the start to the end. There really wasn’t a moment where Alice had time to breath and live a normal life, was there? But in this book that was only a good thing. It kept me interested and made me continue listening even when we were inside (I usually only listen audiobooks on the go).

I liked most of the characters. Especially Alice and Finch. But there were many characters that I would have loved to see and hear more of. It felt like new characters kept popping up like mushrooms in the rain and just as suddenly as they popped up, they were never heard of again.

Everything that happened at the end of the book were somewhat bittersweet. If you know what I mean? Maybe it’s the romantic in me that hoped for the romance of the year. At the same time it was also a little surprising. Still I kind of was left to want more? It just ended.

All in all I really enjoyed this book and don’t regret reading it one bit. It was a great book with catching storyline. With either less characters or getting to see them more and different ending, it would have been complete 5 stars.

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