Book review : The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood #1) by Melissa Albert

Brilliant. Thats all that is coming to me right now thinking back to the book. I mean it is sort of Alice in wonderland and has all that craziness but at the same time it is much more than that. I do not know how to exactly explain this book but “crazy” is one word that comes to my mind. This is in all meaning a roller coaster book. The journey, and mind it there is an actual journey involved in the book, and it is exhilarating, crazy and absolutely page-turner. The Hazel Wood is a crazy roller coaster but a complete must read

The Hazel Wood Official Synopsis

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.

The Hazel Wood RWAT Take

I had seen this book doing its round in all the book clubs, blogs and vlogs. So naturally i had a curiosity as to what the book was all about and had badly wanted to read it. Then of course the pretty cover didn’t hurt much too. I mean look at that cover. They are gorgeous. Both hardcover and paperback have different versions and both are equally eye catching.

My advice to you apart from the obvious one to read it like right now, is to actually go for the book without reading its synopsis. Because what the book has to offer can’t be truly explained in bunch of lines because once you start reading the book, it totally takes on  a different form.

For me the book is divided into two phases. One before the ride to Hazelwood and the other before it where things are comparitively happening in the real world and still sane. But both the phases are absolutely amazing and the book just keeps getting better and better with each chapters. The second half is almost like an alice in wonderland experience. Totally insane. Totally weird but at the same time addictive. 


Funny that the book talks about a fairy tale when it itself felt nothing less to a mesmerising fairy tale story capable to pull one into its charm. The book is everything everyone is talking about and it is a must read. I think you are missing out on a gorgeous and a fantastic read if you are not reading this one. 

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