Tuesday, 30 January 2018

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

If you are one of the many who think fairy tales are the stuff of childhood, then get prepared.  The Hazel Wood may be built upon fairy tales but they have been amped up and twisted at least a few times.

Alice Crewe knows that her grandmother Althea Proserpine wrote a book of fairy tales that has a devoted cult following.  She's tried to read them, but the one time she found a copy of the book, it was snatched away from her.

For years, Alice and her mother Ella have lived a nomadic lifestyle, always trying to elude the bad luck that seems to follow them.  When events take a terrifying turn for the worst, Alice knows that she must find the Hazel Wood and attempt to set things right.

I was carried away by this story.  It had a great mix of real world and magic, that blended so well that it blurred the boundary.  Did the Hazel Wood really exist in our world, or was it imagination based.  Could you wander into it if you didn't know it was there.  At times I found myself  yelling aloud warning to Alice and Finch as though they could hear me through the pages.  Perhaps they could hear me and my words helped change their stories. Who can really tell.

I loved  the characters of Alice and of Finch.  She is angry inside thought can't pinpoint why.  Most of the time she can hold it together, which speaks of her strong will.  When she turns to Finch for help and support, she shows her smart side that sense his strength of character and his resourcefulness.

This is a wonderful debut novel by author Melissa Albert.  I have no doubt that her future tales will have me gripping my book with white knuckles as I hang on her every word.

Cover image courtesy MacMillan Publishers.

I received and advance reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc., in exchange for an honest review.


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