Hauntingly dark and beautifully twisted, Melissa Albert's The Hazel Wood will keep you riveted from page one. Alice and her mother never stay in one place for long; bad luck follows them no matter where they go. Alice suspects it has something to do with her enigmatic grandmother, a writer who has locked herself away after writing a disturbing book of fairy tales. Gripping, atmospheric, and deep, this tale is like being lost on a snaking path in a dense mist. You won't know where it leads until you get there.— From Kelli's Staff Recommendations
Welcome to the Hazel Wood--the fiercely stunning contemporary fantasy everyone is raving about:
Four starred reviews
"Thoroughly, creepily captivating." --Kristin Cashore, author of Graceling and Jane, Unlimited
"Will be your next obsession." --Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval
"Destined to be a classic." --Kami Garcia, author of The Lovely Reckless
"Breathtaking." --Seanan McGuire, author of Every Heart a Doorway
"Mesmerizing." --Karen McManus, author of One of Us Is Lying
"One of the best books I've read in years." --Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places
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.
About the Author
Melissa Albert is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of BN.com. She has written for McSweeney's, Time Out Chicago, MTV, and more. Melissa is from Illinois and lives in Brooklyn. The Hazel Wood is her first novel.