Welcome to the Hinterland! | The Hazel Wood By Melissa Albert

Title: The Hazel Wood
By: Melissa Albert
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 368
Release Date: January 30th, 2018
Publisher: Flatiron Books

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

Review: Welcome to the Hinterland! Holy cow! I was really drawn into this book. There was a crazy mystery that started at the beginning and ended at the Hinterland. You get this creepy feeling, as the main character is being followed and strange things start happening. Things aren't always what they seem though, and the people you think you can trust are telling lies.

The story fell apart for me a little bit toward the end. That creepy mysterious feeling that I had for three quarters of the story was suddenly gone and I didn't have that need to read the book like I did before.

In the end, I was a little let down, but the story was so well put together and unique that I couldn't help but still love it. Pick up this book and be sucked into the Hinterland. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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