The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Well, I wanted to love this book since it came in Owlcrate and Fairyloot boxes a few months ago.  This was suppose to be a dark retelling Alice in Wonderland/Narnia/“lost book that we need to do something plot-wise” story with a bunch of Harry Potter references.  I just could not get into the book.  I think the issue was that I had no idea what was going on for parts of it.  It would have been more helpful if we the readers had a chance to read the infamous book of fairytales.  Instead you feel like the only person in the story that doesn’t know what is what and what the rules are. Got frustrated with the book once I realized that I was not going to get to read the fairytales so I could figure out what had happened in the first half of the book.  The author did say she would publish a book of fairytales so maybe read that before reading this book? I will probably not have time to reread the book but I was and still am way more interested in the dark fairytales than what happened in this book.  Really disappointed in this book because it had so much potential but I see how others could really like it.  

I gave 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads and Amazon.


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