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The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood

by Melissa Albert

*** (3 out of 5)


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Have you ever tried to fast forward something on the TV but accidentally pushed the button too many times and then it was going too fast that you couldn’t stop it in time?Thats what this book felt like.

It starts out really really slow.  Then it speeds up and starts to get exciting.  Then it goes too fast and just blurs through everything.  It would have been much better if the pace stayed the same throughout the whole book.


Before I started reading I was worried about it being an Alice and Wonderland re-telling.  When I was halfway through I couldn’t tell why it was considered a re-telling, but in the last half it makes more sense.  She even mentions Alice and Wonderland in the book.  But the story overall was still good.  I liked the premise of it.

I liked the characters a lot but I wish we would have gotten to know more about some of them.  There were so many side characters that seemed super interesting, but you never really learned their stories.   A lot of them are alluded to as being stories from the Hinterland, but you don’t get to know anything about them,  just bits and pieces and random allusions that make no sense.  It was super frustrating!

Finally I didn’t really like the ending.  The relationships didn’t turn out the way I hoped (I can’t say more without spoilers) and there were new characters introduced right at the end.  This goes back to my last point! I want to know everyone’s stories!! Even if it is just a brief history!

Overall I thought the book was just “Meh” but I know a lot of people loved it.  My friend Phil really liked it and he is actually the one that convinced me to read it.  I will try to get him to write a review! But he is a butt so he probably won’t 😉 Help me convince him to write a guest review!!

Have you read The Hazel Wood? What did you think? Let me know in the comments! And tell Phil he needs to write a review since he made me read it!!

27 thoughts on “The Hazel Wood

  1. I received this on my Owlcrate and finally sat down to read it. I didn’t even get that far and I put it down. It was too boring for me and now I’m wondering if I should go back to it or not. Hmm… Sorry it wasn’t a winner for you! Great review. I’d love to
    hear Phil’s thoughts. ❤ There are a lot of people recommending this book. 😁

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    1. It definitely picks up its pace! By the middle I was completely engrossed and wanted to know what happened next! But then it got too fast and didn’t go into enough detail and I lost interest again haha. It needed to take the average and keep the same pace the whole book. And Thanks 😀

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  2. Great honest review Brittany! many made comments on the pace as well. I don’t like Alice. At all! So this one is still sitting on my shelve unread…

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  3. Your opening is spot on! I enjoyed the book but I was most interested in the snippets of the fairy tales we got and would have liked a lot more of them. It seemed like the hazel wood was a really fascinating place we may have spent a little too much time getting to 🙂

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    1. Thanks! And exactly!! On Goodreads it shows that the author plans to publish a book called “Tales from the Hinterland” so maybe that is the same one from the story and it will have all the dark fairy tales? I would be interested in reading that!


  4. Aww man, I’m so sorry this one didn’t live up to the hype for you. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this – and I had such high hopes. You don’t often hear about Alice in Wonderland getting her own retelling. Normally the focus is on the bigger princess characters.

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  5. I loved this book, but the ending kinda dampened my overall enthusiasm as well. I just didn’t like certain aspects of it, but hopefully the next book will resolve some of these issues, because at the moment I still plan to continue the series.

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    1. I am glad you loved it! My friend Phil loved it too! I hope they resolve everything in the sequel for you! I probably won’t read it, but I might read Tales of the Hinterland, which goodreads has listed as #2.5 in the series.


  6. That gif of Dash!!! What a perfect way to visualize the pacing problems you experienced. I’m sorry you felt that way, but that gif… 😉

    The Hazel Wood is not on my TBR. I don’t like to read hyped books, and this one certainly has been hyped! I’m not surprised it came off as “meh” for you overall. I find that’s a trend for me and hyped novels.

    This book is part of a series, yes? Do you plan on continuing it?

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    1. Thanks 😀 I love that gif too! I haven’t been blogging long enough to have read a lot of hyped books, but I loved Geekerella and The Cruel Prince! So I don’t think it had anything to do with being hyped. I think I would have thought it was “meh” no matter what.

      It is part of a series, but it is the only one that has been released. I won’t read the sequel to this book, but I might read the “Tales From The Hinterland” which is the fairy tale book that is referenced in “The Hazel Wood”


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