I thought I would use this as a blogoween post as it this book is quite eerie and creepy.
Graphic made by Anthony @KeepReadingForward
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.
At the start of the story, I found Alice to be very unlikeable. She calls her mum by her name Ella,which I don’t think is normal. She is seen to have anger issues,with her mum needing to calm her down. The anger issues is not what makes her unlikeable,it’s the way she treats other people. She seems entitled and snobbish, like she’s better than everyone else. She only talks to Finch because she needs his help,otherwise she would most likely would not have met him ‘outside of school’. I feel like she took advantage of him knowing about her grandmother’s book. By the end of the story she is not as unlikeable and has learnt to talk and interact with people better.
I liked Finch and felt that he genuinely liked Alice and not just because of her grandmother.
In terms of the story, I felt some parts of it were too simple. We find out one thing, it gets solved, on to the next thing. I feel like everything was solved very easily and wanted there to be a bit more tension in solving everything. I liked the fairytale element, it was very atmospheric and eerie.I also liked how her grandmother was tied into everything. I enjoyed the first half a lot more than the second half. The second half is where everything got solved really easily.
Overall, I enjoyed this story and would give it 3.5/5.
I recommend this book if your in the mood for a fairytale setting and it being quite mysterious and eerie.
*Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Random House UK Children’s for the E-ARC. All opinions expressed are my own.
Have you read The Hazel Wood? What did you think of it?
(Yes, you might have seen this review before. I accidently posted it last month. Oops)