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An Amazon Best Book of February 2018: My favorite books, especially those that lurk in well-trod genres like young adult fantasy, are those tales that sink a grappling hook in your chest and drag you through a maze of plot twists and surprises until you're hollowed out and yet supremely satisfied at the final page. The Hazel Wood, a creepy, abrasive, and marvelous debut novel, does just that. Teenager Alice knows fairy tales aren't real, though they certainly have affected her own life: Decades ago her grandmother penned a slim volume of brutal fairy tales set in the fictional Hinterland and then promptly shut herself off from the world in her hidden estate. Alice and her mother have been on the road ever since, rarely staying in one place for more than a few months. But when Alice's mother disappears, taken by people who bear a nightmarish resemblance to the characters in her grandmother's stories, Alice turns to Hinterland superfan and sorta-friend Ellery Finch to help her track down her mother and her grandmother's long-lost estate. Alice blazes with a rage and a grace that spurs her and the reader through the weird and brambly paths that lead to the truth behind her grandmother's dark stories and Alice's own childhood. Mesmerizing and menacing, The Hazel Wood rings with a voice and an authenticity driven by a talented author who distills into storytelling magic the moments of power and helplessness spawned by the realization that the world is not as we imagined it to be. —Adrian Liang, Amazon Book Review

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Gr 9 Up—Alice Proserpine's mother Ella was raised on fairy tales amid the cultlike fandom surrounding the release of Tales from the Hinterland, a collection of grim fairy tales that, in the 1980s, briefly made Alice's grandmother Althea Proserpine a celebrity. Instead of fairy tales, Alice has highways as she and her mother constantly move around hoping to outrun their eerie bad luck—something that seems much more likely when they learn that Althea has died alone on her estate known as The Hazel Wood. Everything isn't as it seems, and soon after, Alice's mother is kidnapped, leaving nothing except a warning for Alice to stay away from The Hazel Wood. The teen reluctantly enlists her classmate and not-so-secret Hinterland fan Ellery Finch, who may or may not have ulterior motives for helping, to share his expertise on the fairy tales. The path to the Hazel Wood leads Alice straight into the story of her family's mysterious past. Albert's standalone fantasy debut has a narration in the vein of a world-weary noir detective who happens to be a teenage girl. Resourceful, whip-smart, and incredibly impulsive, Alice also struggles with her barely contained rage as circumstances spiral out of her control. Her singular personality largely excuses the lack of context for much of her knowledge and cultural references that hearken more to a jaded adult than a modern teen. The lilting structure and deliberate tone bring to mind fairy tales both new and retold while also hinting at the teeth this story will bear in the form of murder, mayhem, and violence both in the Hinterland tales and in Alice's reality. VERDICT An aggressive lack of romance and characters transcending their plots make this story an empowering read that will be especially popular with fans of fairy-tale retellings.—Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library

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  • File Size: 8522 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books (January 30, 2018)
  • Publication Date: January 30, 2018
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06ZZBCW31
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,141 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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