The Hazel Wood | Review

Title: The Hazel Wood

Author: Melissa Albert

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Dates read: 09 Jan 18 – 11 Jan 18

Publication date: 08 Feb 18

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Genre(s): Young Adult; Fantasy; Fairy tale retelling

Description: Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a 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 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.

To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began . . .

I received an e-ARC of this book courtesy of Penguin Random House Children’s Publishing and Net Galley in return for a fair and honest review.

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Bout of Books 21: Day 7

They say all good things must come to an end, and I suppose a time without the bout of books gang makes you appreciate the readathon when it next comes around. Still, I’m gutted we’re on the final day. It’s been a blast, especially the Twitter chat yesterday! After the success of the sprints yesterday, I am going to be hosting some more using #boutofbooks at around 7pm GMT/2pm ET/11 am PT, so if you’re around and reading, why not join in!!

For all you eager beavers out there, Bout of Books 22 will be back between Monday 14th May and Sunday 20th May. In the meantime, keep an eye out for fun and laughter on the Facebook group, and look out for challenge hosting sign ups and expert applications in April!

I’m also a Bout of Books expert, here to help the lovely ladies at Bout of Books with all your readathon related enquiries, and to offer all round support and help for the readathon! So please, comment on my updates, and tweet me here!

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December: It’s a Wrap

It’s the last wrap post for all of the books I read in 2017. Can you believe this is It? I didn’t read that much in December overall really, due to family news, a holiday to London, and then the festive period, my concentration has been poor and my free time has been focused on other things. But that’s no excuse, my book of the year was finished this month!

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New Year’s Resolutions: 2017 Round-Up

Can you believe that we are almost at the end of 2017 already? No, me either! It’s come round so quick. I feel like I say this all the time now, but it’s so true, time just seems to fly by. It’s been a real mixed bag, 2017 has dealt some awesome times, brilliant trips, but also unsettling news, and occasionally devastating blows. But enough of that, what about the resolutions I set at the beginning of the year? How have I done?

Just to recap, my New Years Resolutions can be found here, and have found that regularly checking in has helped me try and be accountable for the resolutions I made all the way back in January. Click here for a peek and a recap for 1st quarter check-in, 2nd quarter check-in, and 3rd quarter check-in.

Well, I am going to fill you in. I’ve decided to do a traffic light colour system this year. Green for completed, orange for given it a good go, and red for failed. Sounds simple?! Continue reading

2017 End of Year Book Survey

I think it’s safe to say that everyone likes to sit back at the end of the year and have a look back at what they have achieved over the previous 12 months, reading and blogging are no different. So, when I was perusing Perpetual Page Turner, Jamie’s wonderful blog, I stumbled across this fantastic bookish survey of her own invention that is in its 8th year! It’s a great post, with lots of reflective questions, and the bonus is that she has put a link on her original post so that you can have a looksie and a nosey through everybody else’s posts, and increase your 2018 TBR pile.

So, before I dive on in, please look at her original post, and maybe think about joining in too (don’t forget to credit her)! I would also like to point out that I repeatedly mention Emma. She is one of my good friends, who also happens to put up with me by living in the same house, and is someone I credit for telling me about a lot of the books that I have read and enjoyed. Her blog can also be found @ The Terror of Knowing!

Now, without further ado:

2017 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 120
Number of Re-Reads: 21
Genre You Read The Most From: New-Adult

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Strictly Come Dancing: The Finale

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, you could have been anywhere in the world tonight, but you’re here with us, watching the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 finale. Can you believe it’s the final already?! Joe and Katya, Gemma and Aljaz, Debbie and Giovanni, and Alexandra and Gorka have danced their little socks off, but only one can take home the coveted glitterball. Who will it be?

I wasn’t able to watch Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday last week, so I missed voting in the semi-finals and missed writing a review post. I had a good excuse, I was sat in a theatre in London watching (and enjoying) Les Misérables. I’ve watched it since and thorouggly enjoyed all of the dances, and even though we know it’s all physics and balancing forces, I think Emma is still impressively shocked by Joe and Kate’s counter balance lift. The semi-final also saw the end of Mollie and AJ’s run. I can’t say I’m disappointed as I wanted her or Debbie (or both to go). She just wasn’t as good as everyone else, and her and AJ were starting to simultaneously annoy me and creep me out.

The final always pulls out the stops and really shows who can hold it under pressure. Everyone will dance 3 times: they’ll re-dance their favourite number, try and improve a judges choice, and attempt to wow us with a no-rules, no-holds barred showdance. I love the freestyle showdance and can’t wait to see what they have cooked up for us.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books of 2017

You know it’s getting close to the end of the year when all of the topics swicth and become a delightful mix of festive fun, retrospective looks at the past year, and positive glances to the year ahead. I’ve done and read quite a lot in 2017. Not all of it has been good or plain sailing, but it could have been a lot worse!

For all of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, or don’t know how to get involved, click here. The lovely folks at Broke and Bookish team together to produce a book related topic each week, and you simply list the top ten of that topic.

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