Friday, March 20, 2020

The Friday 56 (173) & Book Beginnings: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading.


34275232. sy475 Synopsis from Goodreads...
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.


Beginning: "Althea Proserpine is raising her daughter on fairy tales. Once upon a time she was a girl named Anna Parks, one of the legion of midcentury dreamers who came to Manhattan with their hopes tucked into a suitcase."

56: "I paced in a tight circles around the lobby, keeping one eye on the street."


Comments: I picked up The Hazel Wood again, because I was in the mood for a book with a fairy tale like atmosphere. I liked the story. What are you reading this week? 

20 comments:

  1. Wow, the book sounds fascinating...and a little creepy, but I loved the blurb and the snippets, and the cover is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

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  2. I've heard awesome things about this book. It sounds like something I'd really like. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

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    1. I liked the story, and the fairy-tale aspects were awesome. I hope you enjoy The Hazel Wood if you decide to read it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I'm curious for more! I like that cover too! Happy weekend!

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    1. The book cover is nice. I also like the paperback version, which is the one I have (it's green, black, and white instead of the gold + gray + white). Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I loved this - and I hope you do too!

    Lauren @ Always Me

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    1. I liked it, and I recently read the sequel, The Night Country. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. This sounds really good. I hope you are enjoying it.

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    1. I did enjoy it, especially the parts about the Tales from the Hinterland. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I've been so hesitant about starting this book because it's usually a hit or miss for people, but it sounds so good!

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    1. I know what you mean. I hope you like it if you decide to read it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I don't often think this, but The Hazel Wood sounds like it would make an awesome movie.

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  8. I've seen this one around and thought it looked interesting. Happy Reading.

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  9. Oooh, this is on my TBR, and I've heard good things about it! That opening definitely grabs my attention and makes me want to read it sooner. Maybe I'll have to bump it up closer to the top of my TBR.

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    1. I hope you enjoy The Hazel Wood once you get to it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Oh, this looks really interesting and a little creepy. I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. I liked the story. Thanks for stopping by!

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