Mini Reviews: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert and When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

I’m really sorry I’ve been absent. School and real life kicked me and I had no time to read, I know, shame on me! I will try to update more, though. So… Here we go with the mini reviews.

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Title: The Hazel Wood
Author: Melissa Albert
Date: January 30th 2018
Pages: 368
Publisher: Flatiron Books

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert is a Young Adult dark fantasy books which evolved around fairy tales and a girl looking for her mother. All her life, Alice has been escaping from the bad luck that has followed her mother, Ella, and her. And it seems that it’s something related to her grand-mother, Althea Proserpine and her book, Tales From The Hinterland.

While the author managed to create a dark world, the Hinterland, I didn’t like the story. It started very slow and only when I was over half the book, it picked up its pace. Plus, the protagonist, Alice, came off as immature and sometimes even bratty.

A character I wanted to know more about was Finn, which helped her throughout the book, but was never very relevant to the protagonist.

I was also interested in Alice’s mother, Ella since she knew more about the Hinterland.

Rating this book is very difficult, as the world created by the author gave me the chills, but I didn’t like the protagonist. I give this novel 3 out of 5 stars.

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Title: When the Moon Was Ours
Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
Date: October 4th 2016
Pages: 288
Publisher: Thomas Dunne

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore is a Young Adult fantasy LGBTQ+ book about Miel and Sam. Unfortunately, I can’t say too much about the plot, as I DNFed the book about one-hundred pages in.

I think the flowery language was over-used and it got annoying sometimes: it deviated the attention of the reader from the story.

Since I haven’t even reached half the book, I’m not able to write a longer and more coherent review of this book. I will pick it up again at a later time for sure, hoping I will enjoy it next time.

 

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2 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert and When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

  1. I’ve heard nothing but great, glowing feedback about The Hazel Wood, so I’m sad to hear you didn’t love it. I guess I need to keep what you said in mind once I finally get to reading the book. Maybe it’s best not to go into this book with really high expectations. 😊 Still, fantastic review!

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