The Hazel Wood: Melissa Albert: Book Review

The Hazel Wood


Melisa Albert

No of Pages: 368

Reviewing Nerds 28th March, 2018, Book Review The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Date of Publication: January 30, 2018

Genre: Dark Fairy Tales (YA Fantasy)

Series: The Hazel Wood #1

Should Buy: Yes (It’s not for everyone)

Book Source: Personal Collection

Star Rating: 4.5/5

Words That Touched My Heart ❤

Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt.

Title: The title is fully apt to the story, the entire mystery of the story is behind The Hazel Wood.

Title Rating: 5/5

Cover: The cover is super intriguing for me. The dagger, bird, house, cage, bone, comb, gates everything are extremely important to the story. Like I said in previous posts for me cover should tell a story.

Cover Rating: 5/5

Characters: Alice: She is a mysterious girl with anger issues. Her mother is her source of strength and support at every step. She craves stability but according to her mother that’s not an option. She has a personality that she doesn’t understand herself.

Characters Rating: 4.5/5

Review: If you are looking for Alice in Wonderland then this is not the story for you. It’s a world of dark fairy tales, with Hinterland creatures threatening at every step. Alice and her mother have spent entire life running away from something that belongs to the strange land of her grandmother’s stories. She wants what every girl wants, a normal life and a normal world but unfortunately that’s not her destiny.

The world is dark and her mother is taken, which takes Alice through a journey of Hazel Wood which makes her unravel secrets that she was saved from her entire life. She would finally come to understand her anger and takes a journey to find her mother, in her grandmother’s world.

Story Rating: 4.5/5

Appreciation: I read the book’s reviews online and saw a whole bunch of negative reviews. This book is not for everyone as it makes you look at the darkness inside you, it gives you the chills that you want to escape and keeps you thinking about it even after you have kept the book away. It’s like a dark spell that pulls you to the mysterious Hazel Woods. I was scared, yet I wanted to finish the journey for closure. Any book that can make you feel this way is unique and certainly not for people who cannot change their mind about evil fairy tales. In a real world not everything is happy and so is the case with Hinterland.

Let Downs:The only problem that I had with the book was Alice’s introduction. It took me a long time to figure out that she was a young school teenager. She is shown enjoying cigarettes, drinking and doing stuff that made it all jumbled up. She is depicted as an adult in the beginning then made a child suddenly.

Surprise Factor: The magical world of Hinterand (Beware of the place BTW)

Would I be reading more from Melissa Albert: Yes, waiting for the book 2.

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