The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Remember reading Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark as a child? Because this is that, come to life.

I love dark modern fairy tale twists and this was one of them. It reminded me of Vassa in the Night, ancient magic and monsters seeping into our world, killing and changing it ever so slightly. Our MC is, of course, with a secret past, where we know it relates to the magic world but don’t know exactly how until the big reveal.

I could read a dozen more of these kinds of books and never get tired of them.

I loved the prosaic writing. I LOVED the little tales with their creepy characters and gray endings. It was strange and unique and I wish there were more. The shockers shocked me and it held me until the very end.

If you enjoy reading the Brothers Grimm tales and want to see something new that molds with today, this is a perfect read. If you’re looking for a YA fantasy that mostly takes place in a fairy-tale world, you may be disappointed since it’s only a small portion of this one. If you want Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark come to life, this is the book for you.

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