Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that features highly anticipated book releases.
Title: The Hazel Wood
Author: Melissa Albert
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: January 30th, 2018
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”
Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.
Why am I excited?
This synopsis literally gives me CHILLS. Grandmother mysteriously dies? Mother is taken? All because of some creepy woods?! This is basically the set-up for the perfect horror movie with a fairy tale twist. I’ve always loved the Grimm fairy tales as well because they are just so gruesome and awesome, so I’m hoping it has a hint of that in it as well. This story just sounds utterly creepy, but in a good sort of way! It kind of sounds like an insane warped version of Alice in Wonderland as well (I mean the protagonist’s name is ALICE and she basically gets sucked into another world), but with a dark twist.