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BookCon2018 | Sunday Recap

Alright, onto the Sunday recap then!

Sunday was a little less…great for me.  I mean, I met a lot of authors and still got some great things, but I had my eye on the ARC of For a Muse of Fire so much that it was a little disappointing when I ended up with 0 chance of even playing the game of chance to win it.  (You had to get to the booth an hour early to get tickets for the game an hour later.  My friend offered to go for me for the 2pm tickets, because the 3pm game was going to have the FAMOF ARC, but the girl in front of her was literally the last person to get a ticket.)  I think I let that get to my head a bit unfortunately.

Anyway…on to the good stuff! Continue reading “BookCon2018 | Sunday Recap”

Book Review, Favorite Reads, ya urban fantasy

Book Review | THE HAZEL WOOD, by Melissa Albert

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The Hazel Woodby Melissa Albert

Publish Date: January 30, 2018
Published by: Flatiron Books
Pages: 368
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an ARC from the publisher as a bookseller for barnes & Noble in return for an honest review.**


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.

My Review:

The Hazel Wood is the wish of every fantasy lover out there, who dreams of finding a magical door to another world that is home to their favorite stories. Or is it? This book takes the idea of doors-between-worlds and fairy-tale adventures and turns them upside down on their heads and hands you their bleeding hearts on a corroded silver platter. It’s dark, it’s twisted, it gives you chills, but also keeps you completely entranced for the entire ride. Continue reading “Book Review | THE HAZEL WOOD, by Melissa Albert”