the hazel wood arc review // creepy setting but a bit of a let down????

Okay, I need to say that this is a good book, the writing is absolutely breath-taking and the world that has been created just blew me away, like I was surprised by just how much this world and it’s dark and creepy fairy tales captivated me.

I think if this book was just set in Hinterland I probably would have rated it higher as that’s what I did expect from it but a lot of it was set in New York with Ella and Alice on the road. ALSO, it was so, so, so slow. Like the pacing in the first half was ridiculous and I was bored, I hate being bored while reading a book but I was.

“Look until the leaves turn red, sew the worlds up with thread. If your journey’s left undone, fear the rising of the sun.” 

Then there were the characters and other than Finch who we didn’t get to see that much of really I didn’t like any of the characters and some of them weren’t really in it long enough or we didn’t find out much about them for me to really care, which is a shame since some of them had potential to be so unique and interesting.

The second half is where it picks up a bit as we get to see the Hinterland and lots of different fairy tales and that was pretty cool, we also got to meet some other character but like I said before they all fell a little flat.

“We were each our own island, gathered together into one messed-up archipelago.” 

As for the ending I just wanted something more?

I wasn’t as impressed with this book as I thought I would be but the story and the writing I can’t deny how good that was, the fairy tales although incredibly creepy at times were amazing and I just wish we had more of them!

Actual rating – 3.5 stars.

Thank you to Netgalley & the publisher for the arc!

14 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Ai! I can’t do a slow paced book. Nope nope nope. I have the attention span of a gnat and it needs to move quickly for me to stay interested in it.

    I liked some of the lines you quoted though!

  2. Oh, I definitely agree on many of these points! Like the pacing was noticeably off, and it really would have been so much cooler it spent more time in the Hinterland. But the writing really is lovely, and so are the fairlytales (I got The Language of Thorns vibes!)
    Great review, Katherine!

  3. Most of what I’ve seen about The Hazel Wood is sort of disappointing. I know a lot of people were really anticipating this one, and I’ve heard repeatedly that the characters are a bit dull. I’m in no rush to read this one…

    Thanks for the review, Kat! 🙂

  4. Lovely review! I’m sorry to hear you felt a bit disappointed by that one, I feel like many people expected a lot of this book and ended up feeling a bit “meh” about it overall. I did read that one and enjoyed it overall, but I also wish we could have gotten a bit more time to get accustomed to the hinterland and get to know the fantasy world.
    Lovely review! 🙂

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