I hate book series.
I hate waiting for sequels.
My brain forgets what I read in the previous book, and I’m left stumbling around all nimbly bimbly trying to figure out what the actual fuck is going on during the first half of any follow up.
It’s for this reason I usually hold off on reading any book series until every single book in the series is actually published and available. I’m the queen of impatience; I need instant gratification. I read too many books to actually remember the plot line of one I finished eons ago.
EXCEPT FOR THE HAZEL WOOD. My LAWD, this book is yummy. First of all, the cover of the book should be displayed in every museum across the country. Just look at that bad boy. Not to mention the graphics adorning the top of each new chapter page, similar to my beloved Harry Potter books. The detail put into this novel is worth its own review alone.
She’s a real beauty, folks. Of course, being the impatient fuck I am, I flipped through to every new chapter immediately after starting the goddamn book just to admire the artwork. You gotta do what you gotta do. Imagine my astonishment when I realized not only is the book beautiful, but the storyline was even better. Here’s a quick synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
COOL. Basically, this book contains a bunch of super dark fairy tales that come to life and stalk Alice on her journey to rescue her kidnapped mother. These are not your ordinary Sleeping Beauty, Little Mermaid type tales. We’re talking gruesome, murderous characters that put the Brothers Grimm to shame. I love me some dark magic. Gimme all that witchcraft, mama like. The author puts the actual fairy tales in the novel, scattering them between chapters as you continue to read on (obviously adorned with more kick ass graphics, because one book can never be too goddamn perfect). As I said before, I hate sequels, but The Hazel Wood gripped me well enough to highly anticipate the release of it’s sequel, The Night Country, coming in January 2020. Never in my life would I think I’d be clamoring to get my hands on a book sequel again.
Buy it here, I need to talk to somebody about it before I have a brain aneurysm.