Last week's pick was all about witches, because witchy fiction is one of my favorite things. But more than my love of witches, I am obsessed with fairy tales — the Grimmer, the better. I mean, I love Disney too, but there's just something about the darker originals that resonate with me. Which is why I chose this week's Waiting on Wednesday pick: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert.
In addition to the excellent reviews it's already getting, The Hazel Wood features a girl named Alice, a journey to grandmother's house, a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales (written by grandmother), and a trek into the cruel supernatural world where those pitch-dark stories are set. As you can see, it also hits that bookish soft spot every writer has for books about writers, and every reader has for books about books!
Check out The Hazel Wood for yourself...
The Hazel Wood
YA | Fantasy | Fairy Tales
Release Date: January 30, 2018
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.