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.
“When Alice was born, her eyes were black from end to end, and the midwife didn’t stay long enough to wash her.”
Don’t let this beautiful, dark, and shimmery cover fool you. I was almost fooled into preordering this book and I’m glad I wasn’t persuaded.
We all know my infatuation with Alice in Wonderland. I even have it tattooed on my body, but I wish authors would leave Alice in Wonderland alone! 🙄🙄
With the hints of Alice and her crazy adventures in Wonderland, it reminded me a little bit of Furthermore. And we all know how much I enjoyed that book. (Heavy sarcasm) (Maybe an eye roll) It left me with a lot of questions of why!?
Deep into the story, we come to find out about a deeply horrorish fairytale that may hold the clues to Alice’s life or one she never knew about. But I wish that maybe this book was just that disturbing fairytale. The more quotes from the fairytale shared between the characters, the more you would rather read that instead of this.
The main character, Alice was a bit ostentatious. She was flawed from the beginning and didn’t grow as other characters would have. At times you just wanted to slap some sense into her for being so vapid. She was too trusting of others at times where she should have been the most terrified.
What irritated me the most was the big name/company drops. The author seemed to love to drop names of things that were already highly adored. Like other books, songs, and stores. And the most gagging of all was her mentions of Alice in Wonderland. No thanks, name dropper! Just stop trying to be something you’re not!!!
My favorite part of this book was the cover. With its shimmery captivating creepiness. Those tricky bastards!
Do you dare enter The Hazel Wood?