The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Written by the founding editor of the Barnes and Noble Teen Blog, The Hazel Wood is an incredible mix of real world and fairytale that will take you on an exciting journey (sorry for the cliche, but it just fits so well!) 

Alice and her mother have always lived on the road, running from a constant feeling of bad luck but when Alice's mother settles down and marries a rich man in New York City, their bad luck seems to spiral. First, the pair get a letter that Alice's grandmother, a famous author of a fairytale collection, has died, then her mother gets kidnapped by someone who claims to be from the very same world of fairytales that Alice's grandmother wrote about. 

Without giving too much away, that synopsis pretty much summarises the very first part of the book and if that doesn't make you want to read it, I don't know what will. This story is so well written, you feel like you're inside the world. From the very beginning, I wanted to keep reading all night long so I could finish the book, but at the same time, I never wanted it to end. This book is the perfect mix of creepiness, twisted fairytales, other worlds and adventure and I highly, highly recommend it. The Hazel Wood has already been bought by Sony Pictures for a movie release, and I cannot wait to see what they do with it. 

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