Monthly Archives: January 2019

The Hazel Wood

Image result for the hazel woodLove it! Love it! Love it!  Fairy tale and literary allusions abound! This modern day fairy tale, quest story is so very different than anything I’ve read recently. I got lost in it, just like Alice (and, yes, that’s an allusion to the original Alice – another favorite of mine!).

 

 

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.”  (Good Reads)

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The Hate List

So, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this one. I mean, I couldn’t put it down, so that’s a good sign.  Now I can’t stop thinking about it – another good sign.  But are the adults in this book just completely careless, or is there a deeper message afoot?

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Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.  (Good Reads)

Beyond the Bright Sea

Image result for beyond the bright seaWhat an amazing journey!  I absolutely fell in love with Crow. She’s just such a plucky, fearless, and independent young creature! The relationsip she has with her father and lady neighbor are reminiscent of another young favorite of mine, Scout Finch. This one will teach us all about the beauty of family, in whatever form that may find you. Loved it!

Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift on a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow’s only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar. (Good Reads)