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  • ★★★★-4

Review: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (Spoiler-Free)

You're a story, but that doesn't make you any less true.

My second read for the Fortnight Frights readathon is now complete!!

What a spectacular debut from Melissa Albert. I can't believe I've had this book on my shelves for two years. I'm so, so glad it's survived the dozens of unhauls I've done in that time because I absolutely loved this story.

That being said, I liked the first half of this novel more than the second, although the second half was good too. The first half though, was incredible-- definitely 5 star worthy.

This whole book was a whimsical ride of mystery and intrigue, darkness and clarity. I really loved Alice, our MC. I don't think she's supposed to be an entirely likeable character, but I loved her all the same. She's a little bit harsh, very judgemental, yet reasonable. Reading from her perspective felt very real, even though Melissa Albert has said she actually is not very similar to this protagonist at all.

I'm very, very curious to see where a sequel might take me, and I definitely plan on reading The Night Country. I am especially excited to read Tales From the Hinterland itself, I can tell that source material will be great.

Song I was reminded of while reading: feel something


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