I want to thank NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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.
I give this book 3.5 out of 5 Dark and Twisted Stars! After reading this book, I had a very difficult time deciding how I felt about this story.
I don’t know if I hated it or loved it. To be a bit honest I am a bit confused, still.
I will start off with the things that didn’t really do it for me and that there was some things in the end that I felt like “Really?!” I felt some of the things that held significance for me in the beginning just went a starnge direction but this book was definitely a strange one. I also didn’t like Alice’s anger issues even though I sympathised with her as well but some of it just made me uncomfortable.
To the good and positive about this book! This story was beautifully written and was definitely one of a kind. I really enjoyed the dark retelling of Alice in Wonderland and I want a real life copy of Tales of the Hinterland! This story got chillingly and creepily good in some parts!
I was stunned by descriptions and gore it carried. I loved Ellery Finch! His character was my fave and loved his kind soul and need for escape. Overall, I really liked this book and do think many will LOVE it!