If you like your fairy tales dark and spooky, you will love The Hazel Wood. The characters kept me guessing the whole time. Who is evil? Who is good? And I did not see that end coming at all (essential for my highest recommendation)! Brilliantly twisty, with a not-always-likable main character named Alice whose whole life has been one bit of bad luck followed by another. Now her mother is missing, and the disappearance may have something to do with Alice's estranged grandmother, the author of a collection of creepy short stories with a cult following. Joined by her classmate Ellery Finch, a boy with questionable motives, Alice sets off for her grandmother's estate, the Hazel Wood, to confront her grandmother and find her mom. But the Hazel Wood has other plans for Alice, and only by facing her destiny can she rewrite her own fate.— Jenny Chou
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 Melissa Albert's The Hazel Wood--the fiercely stunning New York Times bestseller with seven starred reviews everyone is raving about
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.