Book Description: 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.

I must say when I read this books description and saw the cover I was super excited to read it. I don’t know if I hyped it up too much or what but it wasn’t as great as I was expecting it to be. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t hate it, but it just wasn’t what I thought it would be. I think there was more potential to the story that should have happened to it. I still want to read the rest of the series in order to figure out what is going to happen though.

I think my main thing was that I just didn’t like the main character, Alice. I was rooting for her because she just really wasn’t likable, and maybe that is because she comes from the Hazel Wood and that is her personality. Still I thought she was kind of annoying. I thought the supporting characters were okay, I think they could have been better as well. What I did like are the characters that came from the stories and thought it was interesting in how they became part of the world.

The idea of the book was interesting and it had some cool parts to it. Like you had some mystery trying to figure out what was going to happen and why it was going to happen. Like what happened to her mother and why her grandmother holed up in that Hazel Wood. I am interested to see what happens next now that she knows more about the Hinterland and Hazel Wood and what is going to happen. Maybe the next one will be different or better since I know what to expect.

Book Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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