Amazing news—Melissa Albert’s debut contemporary fantasy THE HAZEL WOOD has SIX starred reviews!
“Fans of the dark supernatural will gobble this up.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review
“Albert’s debut is rich with references to classic children’s literature; Alice’s sharp-edged narration and Althea’s terrifying fairy tales, interspersed throughout, build a tantalizing tale of secret histories and magic that carries costs and consequences.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A ferocious young woman is drawn into her grandmother’s sinister fairy-tale realm in this pitch-black fantasy debut. Not everybody lives, and certainly not ‘happily ever after’—but within all the grisly darkness, Alice’s fierce integrity and hard-won self-knowledge shine unquenched.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“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. 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.” — School Library Journal, starred review
“Highly literary, occasionally surreal, and grounded by Alice’s clipped, matter-of-fact voice, it’s a dark story that readers will have trouble leaving behind. HIGH-DEMAND: The buzz for this debut is deafening, and the fact that the film adaption is already in the works doesn’t hurt.” — Booklist, starred review
“The smoke-and-mirrors world of the Hazel Wood is deliciously creepy, and its denizens are well drawn. The plot is nicely paced, with revelations about Alice’s past and her true identity adding to the suspense.” —VOYA, starred review