Review by Emily:
I received this book back in April and thought I would never get to it until I decided to read it this month. It ended up working out perfectly that I waited this long to read it with this being an eerie book and it being spooky season. I can’t imagine a better time to read this novel. I loved this story for so many reasons, but overall, Melissa Albert just created a very unique, intriguing story. I give it 4 stars!
Alice Prosperine is anxious to learn more about her mysterious grandmother, Althea, who just died alone on her estate, The Hazel Wood. Alice’s mother, Ella, doesn’t talk much about Althea, only sparking Alice’s curiosity more. All she knows is her grandmother made it big after she published a series of her own fairy tales, which she can’t seem to get her hands on. After her mother disappears, stolen by a figure who apparently comes from the supernatural world in which Althea’s stories take place, Alice must find The Hazel Wood, despite her mother’s warning. With the most unexpected help of Ellery Finch, a long time fan of Althea’s, they must find Ella, discovering Alice’s own past along the way.
Perhaps the best part about this book is the mystery around it. We come to an understanding in the end, but everything is very vague in the beginning and presses you to continue reading. Adding to the mystery are the original fairy tales we get here and there that come from Althea’s past, giving this story its own unique element.
While this may not be an issue for others when reading this novel, I got a little lost in the end while the mystery was being wrapped up. The world that Melissa created is so complex, I just found it hard to follow at times. Despite my confusion, I don’t think it took away from the novel as a whole as I still loved it!
If you haven’t already gotten your hands on this novel, I urge you to do so before the end of the year! I wouldn’t call this novel scary, but I would definitely describe it as spooky and mysterious, the ideal book for fall. And apparently this novel is only the first in a series so I can’t wait to see more from this world!