Book Review Tuesday (1/1/19)-The Hazel Wood

Hi, everyone, and welcome to the FIRST BOOK REVIEW TUESDAY OF 2019! WE MADE IT! HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!!

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This book was one of my last reads of 2018, and part of my *sniffle* last library haul of that year as well. I’d heard some rave reviews (mostly from EpicReads), and I almost bought it at Barnes and Noble, but, alas, still in hardback, and therefore, more expensive than a book of that size really should be. I finally got around to checking it out last week, and I was AMAZED. My expectations were average, but The Hazel Wood was well above-average.

Enjoy the review!

 

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The Hazel Wood

Alice Proserpine has lived her whole life on the run. Her grandmother is a recluse, the author of a renowned fairy tale book, Tales from the Hinterland, and her mother seems to run into bad luck wherever they roam. But when Alice receives news that her grandmother has passed away, she decides to set off to uncover the truth about why she really hid herself away. The Hazel Wood, the secluded house where she lived out most of her adulthood, has never been found by the public, but with the help of some of her grandmother’s most devoted fans, she finds some vital clues about its location. But what she finds there is stranger than she could have ever imagined…

 

 

WOW.

The Hazel Wood was immensely better than I expected it to be. The mix of realistic fiction and fairytale fantasy blended together perfectly, making for a chilling, masterfully crafted gem of a book. Incredibly creative, with unique and fierce characters and a twisted plot to match. Not only that, but there were a bunch of wonderful and hilarious pop culture references thrown in at the most perfect of times-everything from Star Wars to David Bowie to Nirvana to T. Rex.

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We know there’s a sequel coming some time this year, but it has yet to be titled or have a cover reveal. The author has also hinted at the release of Tales from the Hinterland somewhere down the line, too…OOH…

 

All in all, spectacular book. Would probably land a solid 9 on my book rating scale.

 

Well, I hope you all have a happy, happy new year, and a great rest of your day! Thanks for reading this post, and take care of yourselves! (And for those of you in temperatures like the one’s I’m in, please stay warm. It was -2 degrees around midnight last night.)

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2016

People always say to put the bad news before the good news.

*slightly maniacal Jack Skellington voice* AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I’LL DO…HEHEHEHEHEHEHEEEEEEEE!!!!!

So anyway…

As I’ve said on multiple occasions, 2016 SUCKED. Actually, let me rephrase that. 2016 was the best and worst year of my life all at once.

The bad news: TOO.MANY.PEOPLE. DIED! It’s kind of weird, it’s like they really…aren’t dead. All of them. Like, I have to remind myself that they’ve passed on. Like they are not truly dead, but live on as lingering spirits in their work, be it Blackstar or Star Wars. I hate to have lost so many lives this year (not excluding primates and fish; R.I.P. Harambe and Blaze, one of my fish), but I find it comforting to know that they still live on somehow.

Rest in peace everyone, whoever you are, whatever you were. I miss you, and goodnight.

Now, DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE ELECTION. DARKSTALKER MIGHT BE A BIT OF A BETTER PRESIDENT THAN TRUMP (in some weirdly twisted way. I mean, you see that he kind of has a heart in that one part of Talons of Power).

Good news: Every year has its perks. Good movies (Kubo and the Two Strings, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Rogue One, etc.), good books (Escaping Peril, Pax, Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, Ravenous, Talons of Power, etc.). Plus, I turned 13. I’m a teenager! And, to top it all off, we’ve discovered a bunch of crazy cool animals (I MEAN, COME ON. ZIGGY STARDUST SNAKES!!!!!!) And, the Giant Panda, who for so many years has been an archetype for endangered species, was removed from the endangered species list!

More good news: We have so much to look forward to in 2017 (Doomsday excuse me, Inauguration day aside). Great movies, great books, and…A NEW ST. VINCENT ALBUM! YAHOOOOOOO! And I believe that we can make 2017 an awesome year if we just tough it out and stick together. Who’s with me?

Happy New Year, everyone.

P.S.- Just so you know, I won’t be able to do a BRT this next week b/c I’ll be in Florida…again. I’ll be sure to post about that. 😉