The Hazel Wood
By Melissa Albert
Genre: Magical Realism
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Alice and her mom constantly move from city to city outrunning something until Alice’s mysterious grandmother dies and they can finally settle down. Then one day Alice’s mother is taken…excuse my unenthusiastic plot overview but I didn’t enjoy this book and I’m not going to waste time explaining the plot.
I know I’m in the minority but for such a short book, it was so long. Firstly, I don’t like Alice in Wonderland and had I known this was a retelling I would have NEVER picked it up but that’s my problem and not the book’s problem.
After the mom was taken and weird characters started showing up, I gave up. The plot was too much. There’s the traveling as a kid and the red headed man and Finch and the psycho step dad and the grandmother’s backstory and the grandmother’s elusive book and Hinterland and Hazel Wood and the girl with the bird and the cabbie with the hat and on and on-TOO MUCH!