The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert| Blog Tour

I was booked on Blog Tours in January and this book will be the last event for this month ! 😀 It was so much fun and honestly I will gladly do more blog tours like this 🙂

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premise

Alice’s grandmother, Althea, is a renowned author who wrote The Tales of Hinterland. For all her life, Alice stayed away from that book because her mom forbid her to read it. But when her grandma died in her estate The Hazel Wood and her Mom went missing, Alice had to pair up with Ellery, a fan of The Tales, to find the clues in those tales and discover what’s lie in The Hazel Wood.

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Imagine Alice Adventures In Wonderland following the steps of The Tales Of The Peculiar to find Miss Pilgrim.

BAM shortest description ever LOL

  • good

    The Prose: It’s beautifully written. If you’re the kind of person who’s amazed at how people construct their sentences you’ll be blown away by her writing style. Elegant and yet familiar.

  • The Concept : I love retellings but I admire the author to take it to another level. The thoughts of setting off the base on a book of fairytales and the characters have to find a logic in one of the most abstract worlds.
  • The Tales : Honestly… I NEED THAT BOOK THEY MENTIONED ?! The stories seem so frkn**n good and dark. If I were Alice and have a badass grandmother as a fairytale storyteller I’d be asking for a special signed copy. #LIKE WHAT ARE U DOING WITH UR LIFE ALICE
  • bad

    The Slow Pace: The Introduction is pretty cool to read but when it lasts half of the novel it’s…😴 hum hard to follow. It can take a while for the story to fall through and they mostly spend their times in New York running around searching for clues. I was wishing to have more time in the Hazel Wood world.

  • The Clues: I always loved intellectual challenges but when the characters find all the answers because duh-it’s-how-it-is and there are no deductions or whatsoever, it’s a real letdown.

Overall

The characters were enjoyable but not noticeable. I love Alice at the beginning but she didn’t outshine as a character. It’s not bad per se it’s just that it’s okay feeling. If you’re looking for some light retelling I would recommend this one ! The Tales are haunting and the beautiful writing make this book a page turner.

MINI QUESTION FOR AUTHOR

Q: What is your most anticipated book of 2018 and why?

A: First I’m going to cheat and talk up the three best 2018 books I’ve already read: The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black, is brilliant crafted and deadly dark, with crazy satisfying character-driven twists and beautiful magic undercut by a cruel and sickly fey world. The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, by David Arnold, is so weird and singular and brainy and fun, with an ending that devastates. The Astonishing Color of After, by Emily X. R. Pan, is just completely gorgeous and weird magical realism, with food writing that had me dying to get to a Taiwanese night market.

As for books I haven’t read yet, I, along with everyone else, am longing to get my hands on Angie Thomas’s On the Come Up, and while there’s no telling whether it’ll come this year or next, I sure need to read Laini Taylor’s Muse of Nightmares as soon as humanly possible. And I’m thrilled to report that I’ll be getting my hand on Stephanie Garber’s Caraval sequel, Legendary, any second now, and I’m sooo excited.

I was also lucky enough to be a part of the blog tour ! Check out the other bloggers 🙂

Thank you Raincoast Books for hosting this event ❤ 

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  • As always, you nailed it Trang! loved reading your review, I won’t deny the writing is beautiful. The pacing however really did me in & I’m known to read & love slower paced books. Combined with my lack of love or interest for Alice though smh, it just wasn’t a hit for me. Now, The Astonishing Color of After, by Emily X. R. Pan I AM DYINNNNNNNG to get my hands on lol, cannot wait for that book. Definitely looking forward to Angie’s new book & so many others I can’t keep track of haha! Happy reading! ❤

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    • HAHA that moment when you prefer the book inside of the book right ?! LOL no worries I understand I usually hate slow paced novels too so I know where you come from 😀 Looking for Angies new book as welll!! 😀 Thank you love!

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      • OMGAHHHH! YESSSS!!! 😂😂😂 maybe I’ll give the follow-up a shot since it’s based on that book inside The Hazel Wood 💜💜💜

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  • OMG I’ve had my eyes on The Hazel Wood for sooo long. I’m totally into retellings and anything comparable to Alice in Wonderland makes it immediately to the top of my TBR. ❤
    Glad you enjoyed it, but sorry to hear about the pacing – I'm not one for too much slowness either so I can definitely relate.

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    • Omg if you are into retellings, I hope you got the chance to try this one ! ❤ Slow pace is always a bummer for me hahah but I'm happy I overcame it LOL

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  • I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed that one, Trang! I recently read it and enjoyed it just as well, I loved the writing style and the author’s imagination and… unlike other people like you, I didn’t mind the fact that it was mostly set in new york and with the whole looking for clues aspect… I kind of loved it, but I think that’s the contemporary lover in me speaking 😛
    Great review! 🙂

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    • So happy you enjoyed it too Marie ! 😀 The prose was soo beautiful, I really wish I can write like that hahah 🙂 I’m happy that you get to enjoy the thigns . Ididnt 😉 I love that contemporary side of yours too HAHA ❤

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  • The cover is pretty but I’m always up for a challenge, so I don’t think i can bear to read something with obvious clues😂
    Beautiful review Trang, loovvee the rating graphics ❤️

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  • I always have a hard time with looooong introduction. That’s why I’ve needed three attempts to read The Lord of the Ring. The beginning was so descriptive! Thank you for this great review! It halps make up my mind 😉

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  • I heard the beginning is slow… first half of the book is considered the ‘beginning’??? Ouch. Still, it seems to really pick up and shine by the end, according to the reviews. Definitely still considering it.

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  • Great post/review Trang! I love that you simplofied and broke it right down to pros and cons. I am seeing some seriously mixed reviews on this, with the pacing often the primary complaint. But I love the concept ❤ I am going to have to test the waters soon!

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  • Fantastic Review LOVE! This is my current read! I am enjoying it this far but I see what you’re talking about the pace but I do love this retelling! Just love your reviews and layout beautiful lady!💖💖💖📚📚 Love ya Trang with a Bang!🤗😗😄

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  • I think you described this book perfectly, Trang! Wonderful review, lovely lady! I just LOVED the premise but I am so torn on some things that I just don’t know how to review this!😘 I’m Glad you shared your amazing and thought provoking review, gorgeous!😍

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  • hehe oh gosh I love your description of this lol!! I’m really glad it was so well written!! And I like dark tales! So this sounds very much up my street. Shame about the pacing, but still sounds worth picking up. Great review!

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  • I love book tours– thank you for hosting so many this month! I love the premise of this novel. It’s a bit of a mystery and a bit of a fantasy with some fairy tales thrown in? Yes, please! I am with you on not being able to solve the clues to the mystery along with the characters, however, that’s a bit of a letdown. I need to be intellectually engaged with that I am reading!

    Is this part of a series?

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  • Great review for this book Trang! 😀 ❤ I really loved the short description you wrote for The Hazel Wood, that describes the story perfectly in my mind. Also I really get what you mean about the slow pace, it was one of the things I wish had been done better, and I really wish we'd spent more time in the Hinterlands. 🙂

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