For this month I’m going to be busy writing a lot of the time, but I am definitely going to read this one!
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What are you reading this month?
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.
So, this one was not what I expected. I was expecting it to be darker, and I didn’t realize it was going to be present day. I guess because I didn’t really read the summary beforehand.
The thing is, I wasn’t a big fan of Alice. I liked her at first and thought she had an interesting personality, but as time passed by, I liked her less and less. Then there was Ellery, with a billion in between names, Finch. He really did have a lot of names! I really liked him and thought he was the highlight of the book.
The first half has some weird stuff going on, some creepy people following Alice around, and I was gearing myself up to get ready to enter the Hazel Wood—because I knew that would be my favorite part. But… it failed me! It failed me! I was kind of confused but not fully confused, but it wasn’t as cool and dark as I thought it was going to be.
The writer wrote beautiful and fantastic sentences, and the ending was not a generic one, but I wanted more from this. Especially since everyone’s reviews keep saying how creepy it was. Maybe it’s because I am hard to get creeped out, but I felt zero creepiness. I had the same problem with Anna Dressed in Blood, when people’s reviews kept saying how creepy it was, I’m like… have you never seen a horror movie??? Anyway, I’m sure a lot of people will like this, though.
How does this book sound to you?