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. – Goodreads.com
Not really being a fan of the more light-hearted fairy tales, I found this book description very appealing. I came to the rapid conclusion that The Hazel Wood is wildly creative, and fans of dark fairy tales will adore it. Writers in particular will enjoy the plot and character creation aspects mentioned.
With its heightened sense of mystery, ominous cast of characters, and detailed descriptions, this book enthralled me. Twists, surprises, wonder – it’s all here. Some readers may not enjoy the pop culture references, but I did. Alice is well-read, and it seemed right for her character.
Hinterland is both magical and threatening, and it’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole with this book. The Hazel Wood is scheduled for publication January 30th, 2018.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.