Hello everyone! Today is my stop on The Hazel Wood blog tour hosted by Raincoast Books.
I will be reviewing this book, which reminded me of my childhood and my fairytale obsession. As well, us bloggers were given an opportunity to ask the author one question, so stay tuned to the end of the post to see what Melissa Albert's answer was to my question.
I enjoyed the world itself and how the hazel wood was actually incorporated into the story. To me, this aspect was one of my favourites. The haunting characters and scenes felt true to the nature of actual fairytales. In comparison, kind of like the original Grimm tales. It did read differently then any book I have read before, so adjusting to the style of writing did take a bit of brain power. However, once I was in, my mind was set on finishing the book.
Overall, this book was unique in a way with incorporating some of the stories from "Hinterland", however, I do believe that this book may not be for everyone. It was slow paced at the beginning so that may affect the way some people read it. The book covers haunting and darker topics, but it does entice. I would recommend this book to those who enjoyed the original Grimm fairytales. I will be looking forward to reading book two.
Title: The Hazel Wood
Author: Melissa Albert
Publication Date: January 30th, 2018
Publisher: Flatiron Press
Pages: 368 pages
Format: ARC received from Raincoast
Description: 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.
Sabrina: What was your favourite fairytale growing up and why?
Melissa: Does Peter Pan count as a fairy tale? I think it does: there are certainly fairies in it, and a battle between good and evil, and magic I fell in love with as a kid and never recovered from. I love it because it’s beautiful and haunting and clever, with images I can recall with crystalline perfection in my mind’s eye: the mermaids’ lagoon, Peter’s hand messy with fairy dust, the heavy cake Captain Hook bakes in an effort to kill the Lost Boys with stomach cramps, the underground house where Wendy becomes the boys’ mother. There are very dark moments in it, too, that remind you Peter Pan isn’t a Disney character or a hero: he’s a selfish, arrogant, mesmerizing child who left an entire world behind just to avoid growing up.
But if you’d really like to know my favorite classic fairy tale, I’m very partial to the genuinely creepy “The Juniper Tree” and the strange, beautifully underexplained “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.”