March 18, 2018
Alice is a teen girl who struggles with letting others get close and has anger issues. She's moved around all her life with her mother, the daughter of the author of the fairytale book, The Tales of Hinterland, until one day they receive news that they believe changes everything. Sadly, that's not the case, and soon, Alice's mom is kidnapped, forcing Alice to take up with a fan of her grandmother's and journey to The Hazel Wood so she can enter Hinterland and rescue her mom.
With so many books and movies out on fairytales, you would think that The Hazel Wood would be just another retelling like the rest, but it's not. Melissa Albert crafts a very compelling and twisted tale in The Hazel Wood where the Stories from The Hinterland come to life in the real world, terrorizing and killing people as they try to get to the main protagonist, Alice. Melissa does a fantastic job keeping the reader interested with her intriguing characters and the dangerous journey they take.
The fairytales she wrote are just as brilliant as the rest of her writing. I'm a fan of the Grimm Brothers and how they wrote fairytales, so I was glad to see Melissa wrote hers in a similar fashion. The fairytales are dark and violent with no happy ending in sight. The characters in the fairytales are original, not baring any resemblance to other fairytale characters.
One of the things I really enjoyed while reading this book was the idea that some of the characters in the fairytales wanted out of their stories. Knowing what I know about Alice (I don't want to spoil anything), I would say that the author did an excellent job setting up and showing us what life outside of the fairytales would look like for the characters. From beginning to end, the book is well written and easy to follow with no plot holes or unnecessary scenes. Overall, Melissa did an excellent job telling us this tale and I would recommend this book to those who love The Grimm Brother's fairytales.
A contrarian at heart. I prefer The Lord of the Rings over Harry Potter and Narnia. I love Country Music and John Hughes movies and am the worst at singing the correct lyrics.