The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood

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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.
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250147905
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION Albert Melissa 01/2018
Characteristics: 359 pages ;,22 cm


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JCLCharlouL Jan 07, 2018

So you think fairy tales are something from long ago and far away? Not exactly. Alice, 17, finds our the real reason she and her mother have always been on the run and it's quite a story.

JCLChrisK Mar 12, 2018

I'm not a fan of gruesome, graphic, gory horror; however, I'm a big fan of stories that are dark. Atmospheric. Disquieting. Plumbing the depths of the human psyche. Some of those stories are creepy dark. Some of them are deliciously dark. The Hazel Wood is gritty dark.

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Jun 05, 2018

I found this book so fascinating that I read it in one day. The story line was really original, and while the ending wasn't exactly happy, it did end better than I thought it was going to.

May 12, 2018

What if you were told, that your life is actually entwined with that of fairy tales? Having faced too much bad luck for it to be "bad luck," Alice (protagonist) comes to shocking realizations one day after school. On a mission one can only call "spun by fate," she is determined to change her destiny. This book was very captivating overall, and I liked how it didn't try to appeal to a huge audience. It had its quirks and darkness, and unless readers enjoy it fully, it is not worth continuing. Fair warning, it does not shy away from blood/gore. -@Siri of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Apr 25, 2018

It's an interesting premise and a decent read... but I wasn't especially compelled or moved by any of it.

Cynthia_N Apr 13, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this one but now I'm sad because I want to read Tales from the Hinterland and I can't! Another one the I just read will be made into a movie! Definitely worth the time!!

Mar 28, 2018

Though there were pieces of this novel that felt...extra, the story itself does an amazing job of telling the tale of those of us in the LGBT+ community that tried to find reconciliation between who we are and what our religion wanted from us. I remember going to church camp and the feeling of disgust with myself that I was a gay man, which was taught to me by the "caring" counselors was against the God that I wanted to love me. I would completely recommend this book. It read really easily and reflected a lot of the emotions and struggles I faced as a teenager.

SPPL_Anna Mar 24, 2018

Haunting and eminently readable.

Mar 23, 2018

Interesting novel! Twist on the classic Alice in Wonderland tale as it takes a dark turn. The story is a bit slow in the beginning but moves along quickly. Good read. Dark humor, dark tales, interesting concept. Would recommend.

JCLChrisK Mar 12, 2018

I'm not a fan of gruesome, graphic, gory horror; however, I'm a big fan of stories that are dark. Atmospheric. Disquieting. Plumbing the depths of the human psyche. Some of those stories are creepy dark. Some of them are deliciously dark. The Hazel Wood is gritty dark.

Alice has spent her life haunted by a collection of dark fairy tales famously authored by her grandmother. Haunted, and hounded. Always on the run, in one way or another, with her rootless mother. A loving, fiercely protective mother who has always been fully open and honest about everything. Except for one topic: Alice's grandmother--whom she has never met--and the famous, hard-to-find, collectable book--which she has never read. There is a mystery at the center of Alice's life.

Until the mystery begins to materialize all around her, and running is no longer an option. The darkness has finally caught up to Alice and her mother, and Alice is learning the dark secrets they have been fleeing--whether she wants to or not. And she is learning her place in that darkness.

The magic in this story is not enchanting. The princesses are not from Disney, or even Grimm. And the fairy tales are not the ones we're accustomed to. Alice must now face those stories to figure out who she is and determine if she can ever truly be free of them.

SamanthaE_KCMO Mar 02, 2018

The Hazel Woods follows the story of Alice, daughter of the sharp and resilient Ella, granddaughter of the mysterious Althea Proserpine. Althea is the writer of a book of macabre fairy tales called “Tales from the Hinterland” with an underground cult-following. Ella won’t allow Alice to meet her infamous grandmother and the two move from place to place, trying to outrun the bad luck that always seems to be right behind them.

One day news comes that Althea has died and Ella feels they can finally settle down. Ella maries a rich New Yorker and Alice’s life stabilizes as she goes to a fancy private school with her spoiled step sister.

Then everything goes wrong. Ella is kidnapped by supposed characters of the tales in Althea’s books. She and a fellow schoolmate, Ellery Finch, must try to find a way to rescue her mother from the Hinterland characters. To do this, she will need to get to the Hazel Woods, her grandmother’s shrouded, unknown estate. Dark twists and a fast-paced plot bring Alice and the reader closer and closer to the dangerous fantasy world of the Hinterland.

Alice has a genuine 17 year old voice, but many parts of her character development felt rushed. However, the story makes up for a rocky beginning with a satisfying and exciting end. The Hazel Woods has a deliciously dark atmosphere, mostly because of the ominous foreshadowing in the stories in Althea’s book. The chapters in which Ellery Finch recounts the various stories from “Tales from the Hinterland” were my favorite parts. The tales are dark ruthless, and beautifully crafted; drawing on the origins of traditional Grimm fairy tales. (I would almost prefer a book of just the fairy tales themselves.) A fantasy lover must!

OPL_KrisC Feb 28, 2018

This is a dark twist on the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland and I feel that the dark and ominous cover does a good job of clueing us in.

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