ARC Review: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert


Author: Melissa Albert

Publisher: Penguin

Release Date: February 8th 2018

Genre: YA Fantasy

Pages: 368

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a 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 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. 

To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began . . .


I hadn’t heard of this book before, but I received it in a goodie bag from one of Eason’s author events. Since it was a proof I was really excited and even from the blurb alone I was hooked!

As soon as I started The Hazel Wood, I couldn’t put it down. It was intriguing from start to finish. The premise couldn’t have been better to attract its readers…and especially since its been optioned for a major motion picture movie! I thought the writing for the novel was beautiful and so descriptive! It’s hard to believe Albert is a debut writer because it seems like she’s mastered the art of it!

The Hazel Wood follows the story of Alice, who finds out her mother has been kidnapped and the only way to get back her back is to venture into her grandmother’s dark and mysterious estate, the titular Hazel Wood. But even though Alice knows it’s forbidden and not safe at all to go any way near it, is she willing to risk the bad luck and danger that comes with the alluding Hazel Wood in order to save her mother and unravel her family’s hidden secrets?

The mystery aspect of this novel is done so well. I was so confused the entire way and didn’t know how it was going to end but the conclusion was wrapped up pretty well! I love the characters of Alice and Ella. The world-building was also so incredibly vivid and unique and this book in general is like nothing I’ve ever read before! Captivating throughout and I know that this gorgeous, twisted novel is going to be a success when it hits bookstores around the world!