Hazel and Holly | By Sara C Snider

Hazel and Holly | By Sara C Snider

Hazel and Holly
Published: 16th May, 2019
(Courtesy : Goodreads)   Nestled within an enchanted forest is the Grove, a community where witches and warlocks practice elemental magic, brew mystical potions, and lock their cellars against beer thieving gnomes. Life is quiet and uneventful. Well, except when Hazel's long-lost father uses necromancy to trap her dead mother's soul. That simply won't do. Necromancy is forbidden in the Grove, and for good reason too. Nobody wants filthy corpses shambling around, mussing up one's garden. Hazel is determined to find her father and undo his treachery. But despite Hazel's plans of becoming a one-woman army, she can't do everything alone. It's not until wild sister Holly convinces her to leave the house for once and go to a party that Hazel finds a pair of unlikely allies in two bickering warlock brothers. Together, the four of them go on a journey that takes them out of the Grove and into a world where necromancy reigns and the dead won't respectfully stay in the grave. Hazel will do whatever it takes to stop her father and save her mother's soul. Even if it means turning to necromancy. Even if it means losing her friends. Because they would never help a necromancer. Would they?

I received an eARC of Hazel and Holly from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My thoughts


Narrative and Plot

Hazel and Holly has a light tone in the narrative despite the topic of dark magic that it deals with. It gives an easy vibe and a humorous tone for the most of the part. The book is about the adventurous journey they set out in order to free their mother.

The plot however wasn’t as imaginative as the narrative. In the beginning the mysterious magical atmosphere was intriguing but as the story progressed, it felt more descriptive. It could have used some depth with the plot. A lot of the things were hazy till the end. Since this is a series one can hope it will dwell deeper in the future books.

Characters and Conflicts

This book definitely has its share of colourful characters. Tum being the most enjoyable one. It definitely had some great character sketches with vast potential, However, the course of the character development wasn’t much evident. By the end, yes- most of the characters have found some change. However, they felt abrupt instead of the gradual path of developing one’s personality.

Had the book spent more time on characters rather than the descriptive ways of the magical world and it’s working, it would have given them more depth. Even the protagonists Hazel and Holly, were touched only on the surface as people. It’s not that they don’t have depth, but it was never evident.

The conflict of the book is focused solely on one goal. Though the book in the end explains itself, the whole adventure lacked a solid plan or path for that matter. You can catch one lucky break on an adventure trip but you can’t make every single breakthrough based on chance or luck. By the time, the story catches up with this, providing an explanation, you’re far too deep in it and could not care any less.






Hazel and Holly has its fun moments for sure. But it is a solid one time read for me. I wouldn’t go seeking out the sequel but just in case, if I had enough time, I wouldn’t mind picking it up either (only if I have that kind of time to kill). So, you get the gist here I suppose.





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