The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert

Happy belated release day to this new dark retelling!

Thanks to Flatiron for the advanced ebook copy in exchange for my honest review.

THE HAZEL WOOD – Melissa Albert (out now!)


My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

It’s no secret that I enjoy fairytale retellings – especially when they’re dark. Yes, we all grew up loving the fairytales with the “And they lived happily ever after” stories, but this one is not like that at all. If you’ve read the old school Grimm tales then that is what you can be expecting here.

Alice is 17 and her entire life has been traveling on the road with her mother. They’ve always barely been a couple steps ahead of bad luck chasing them. Well, as if their lives weren’t riddled with enough bad luck, Alice learns that her grandmother has passed away in her estate known as the Hazel Wood. Her grandmother was known for her dark fairytales that had a huge cult following. These stories took place in a supernatural world called the Hinterland. While coming to terms with her grandmother’s death, her mother Ella is taken from her into Hinterland. She leaves behind a note reading, “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has made it her mission to stay far away from her grandmother’s cultish fans, but she finds that she must team up with her fellow classmate. Ellery Finch is a longtime Hinterland superfan but are his intentions purely to help Alice find her mother? Together, they venture into the Hazel Wood and then further into Hinterland to try and save her mother, but what will she learn along the way?

If you love dark fairytales then this is one that needs to be on your list. It may start out a little slower for some readers at the beginning but you’ll find yourself so intrigued and slowly pulled in that you won’t want it to stop. Like my #CJSReads ladies, I need more Hinterland! I want to know more about this universe and other stories.

This was beautifully written and was a very easy read. Despite being categorized as a YA novel, this one didn’t feel too YA, if that makes sense! If you want something dark with fantasy, then you should venture into the Hazel Wood.


Check back later for the #CJSReads2018 thoughts 🙂


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