Friday’s Book Excerpts

Happy Friday, readers!

Each week I share book excerpts with:

  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current book, as well as any first impressions or initial thoughts they might have. 
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences, and post them.

I finished reading The Queen of Hearts and have moved on to The Hazel Wood, so that’s where I will be pulling this week’s excerpts from.



Synopsis from Amazon:

Welcome to Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Woodthe fiercely stunning contemporary fantasy with five starred reviews everyone is raving about:

“Thoroughly, creepily captivating.” —Kristin Cashore, author of Graceling and Jane, Unlimited
“Will be your next obsession.” —Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval
“Destined to be a classic.” —Kami Garcia, author of The Lovely Reckless
“Breathtaking.” —Seanan McGuire, author of Every Heart a Doorway
“Mesmerizing.” —Karen McManus, author of One of Us Is Lying
“One of the best books I’ve read in years.” —Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places

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.

Book Beginning:

My mother was raised on fairy tales, but I was raised on highways. My first memory is the smell of hot pavement and the sky through the sunroof, whipping by in a river of blue. My mom tells me that’s impossible – our car doesn’t have a sunroof. But I can still close my eyes and see it, so I’m holding on to it.

The Friday 56:

“Explain what?” I planted my feet on the pavement, gripped his arm. “We’re standing here until you tell me.”

“I made a promise,” he said. “But I don’t want to keep it.”

What are you reading this weekend? Feel free to join in with lines from your current read!


16 thoughts on “Friday’s Book Excerpts

      1. I’m still working on a review, but I wanted to update you. This book was everything I hoped for and more! It was a bit slower at the beginning, but quickly picked up pace. Definitely worth keeping an eye out for when it hits stores (Jan 30th). 🙂

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    1. Yes, you do. I finished reading it this morning and now I’m convinced everyone needs this book in their life! It’s my favorite read of 2018 so far, and will be a hard one to beat over the next 11 months. I really enjoyed it. Happy weekend to you too! 🙂


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