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Publisher's Summary

From rising star Melissa Albert comes a fantastical story of mythic proportions.
Welcome to The Hazel Wood - a fiercely stunning contemporary fantasy audiobook.
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.
©2018 Melissa Albert (P)2017 Macmillan Audio
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Critic Reviews

 “A dream of a book I cannot recommend highly enough.” —Seanan McGuire, author of Every Heart a Doorway
"The Hazel Wood starts out strange and gets stranger, in the best possible way...Albert seamlessly combines contemporary realism with fantasy, blurring the edges in a way that highlights that place where stories and real life convene...a captivating debut." — New York Times Book Review
“The Hazel Wood will be your next obsession.” —Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-09-18

The Hazel Wood

I found this to be a very good book! I was surprised at how well this was read. The involvement and emotion in the narrator’s voice pulled me in and made it seem like I was living the same story as Alice! I absolutely love and recommend this book!

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Stephanie on 02-02-18

dark and modern fairytale

I really enjoyed the descriptive language used by the author. A very unique and captivating story and I finished it one day.

However, I was left unfulfilled with the ending. I hope there is a sequel to come that provides more resolution for the main character and another character.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes faiytales but it's definitely on the dark side. Think "Jenny Green Teeth and Black Alice" and I might go so far to say some parts really could be on the horror side of things.

It's good. Definitely worth the time and money. Great narrator as well.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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