The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

2 stars 

“Nobody can fix a broken machine if they don’t have all the parts.” 

Well…. I finished it. At least I didn’t dnf it so I’ll give it that. This book has two things going for it, hence two stars. One, an original story unlike any I had read before. Two, the author is a very talented writer. That being said, in my opinion she’s not a great storyteller.

The Hazel Wood is about a young teen always on the move with her mother. When they get word her grandmother died they finally stop running… until someone else finds them. With her mother missing Alice turns to a school friend to help her find her mom, but the Hinterland stands in their way.

“She talked like a woman who knew more books than people.” 

This book was simply okay for me, I didn’t love it and found it very confusing and convoluted at times. Half of it seemed to be exposition and I felt that really could have been edited down A LOT, but to each their own. I will say as I said before it’s a very unique story and I think this book will be loved by the right kind of person. It wasn’t for me.

“Look until the leaves turn red, sew the worlds up with thread. If your journey’s left undone, fear the rising of the sun.” 


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