A Novel by Melissa Albert
When I received The Hazel Wood (by Melissa Albert), advanced reader copy, I was absolutely thrilled. I mean, look at the cover! Black with flecks of lovely, shiny gold. Mysterious images that drew me in- It's absolutely gorgeous! So did the story keep me interested as much as the cover hooked me in?
Never have I felt so conflicted with a story before. As soon as I was a quarter in, I knew it wouldn't be a full novel; there would be parts. There would be an extension of Alice's story and I wasn't sure I wanted to know it all.
Don't get me wrong, the story is next to reading real life. It begins with the mundane life of a young adult, troubled, sad- probably depressed and full of gelatinous sarcasm. Simply stated, Alice is deeply troubled, but with good reason! It's not until her mother vanishes that she soon realizes her gloom & bad luck-filled doom came with purpose. She's not of this world. The things that used to haunt her and her mother in the night are real and coming for them! It's not till her mother is kidnapped that she had to go in search of them.
With the help of a guy named Ellery Finch, she's set onto a path that befuddles the best of imaginations. She battles with herself, Finch and every THING she encounters in order to find her mother, "Ella" (Vanilla).
I enjoyed the story, half-heartedly. I didn't like Alice. She was crude, overly sarcastic and cursed like a freaking sailor! It didn't feel like a YA novel, she was so foul-mouthed. The adventure truly began a 1/4 of the way through the book, alerting me of a sequel. I'm sorry but I'm so tired of two and three books for an adventure- we don't always need a series. Once the adventure really began, I liked it a little more. I think many will love it, because Albert fed right in to what YA fans love most... an on-going storyline. Whatever happed to a beginning and end in a single book?
Anyway, The Hazel Wood is good, but I may not follow up with the second book.I'm not sure if it's for me just yet, but you can surely check it out. Cheers!
The Hazel Wood
Published by Flatiron Books, January 2018
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