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The Night Country

(The Hazel Wood #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  3,250 ratings  ·  757 reviews
The highly anticipated sequel to Melissa Alberts beloved, New York Times bestselling debut The Hazel Wood!

In The Night Country, Alice Proserpine dives back into a menacing, mesmerizing world of dark fairy tales and hidden doors. Follow her and Ellery Finch as they learn The Hazel Wood was just the beginning, and that worlds die not with a whimper, but a bang.

With Finchs
Hardcover, 331 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Flatiron Books
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Miranda Reads
4.5 stars
Another Booktube video - this time all about the Top 10 Books of 2020 (so far) .

Now that you know this fabulous book made the list, check out the video to see the rest!

"You were a monster in the Hinterland. Why are you pretending to be a mouse?"
Three-times Alice struck terror into the hearts of those in her story....but she was trapped - doomed - to live out her short, miserable life again and again.

Her mother, stole her once from the story and raised her in the real world.
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
No need to talk about the elephant in the room. It is so obvious that I didnt enjoy the first book and I didnt foresee my request would be accepted but one morning I checked my library and here we go I got this sequel and I firstly admit, WHAT AN ARTISTIC, AMAZING COVER reflects books darkness approach to the fairytales.

And you know what! I surprisingly enjoyed this one more. I still went back and forth between 3 and 4 stars but 3.5 rounded up again to 4. And another interesting fact during my
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm definitely going to read this a lot of times.

Edited to add: You can read the book's first chapter here!
talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show-stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before

review to come / 4.5 stars might raise WHO KNOWS


my hobbies include: reading sequels so long after i read the first book that i can't remember anything and just hoping for the best




to whom it may concern:

yours with great sincerity and gratitude,
Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Flatiron Books
"To be honest, I don't know if I've even got a soul. If a soul is what makes you human, then I probably don't. Unless a soul is something you can grow, like, after the fact. And I don't think it is. So. No soul. Just to explain why your pickup line's not working on me."

Tehehehehe. I love being back in this world. If you thought The Hazel Wood was dark, just wait until you jump into The Night Country. This sequel kept all the things I loved about the first book, and brought in a bunch of new

Many thanks to Flatiron Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
There'd been four deaths now.
One was a warning,
Two a coincidence,
And three completely the fairy-tale set.
But four.
Four was a door.
An invitation to something more.



I am, to put it simply, disappointed. But unfortunately, my thoughts and emotions are never simple so let me explain why I am disappointed.

I read The Hazel Wood around one and a half years ago and I absolutely adored it. It's on my
May 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: cant-wait
This better be about Finch. Thats all Im asking for. GODDAMN IT WOMAN PLEASE JUST GIVE ME MORE FINCH!

Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
Let me start out by saying only read this book if The Hazel Wood is fresh in your mind.

It has just been so long (and so many books) between the first book and the second, that I struggled to remember stuff from The Hazel Wood. Really struggled. I tried reading reviews and searching for spoilers, but it just wasn't clicking.

That being said, it was still a good story with great characters and a fantastic imagined world. I honestly don't know how to rate this... I'm going to go with 3.5 stars based
Katherine Elizabeth
This may be the last time I give the first novel in a series 2-stars and still continue with the series. Because The Night Country is proof to me that a series you dont like typically does not get better the further you get into it (the SJM books also proved this to me, too).

Similarly to the first book in the series, I found this one too boring and predictable. I think its mainly due to feeling like such a young novel/series. And its such a disappointment, too, because this story has such
This series has definitely been one of the darker, and bloodier, stories surrounding fairytales that I've ever read. And it feels very true, reads so much more honestly, than the versions our generation grew up with. I think it's that darkness, that depth, that I love most of all. The creativity of twisting these tales, or letting them be their truth, is fantastic. I love it. But there's also another side of these books that just doesn't quite line up for me.

In book one, it was Alice's
Angela Staudt
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I dont really know what my feelings are about this book. Was it good? Sure. Was it memorable and what I thought it was going to be? No. I loved the concept of this series, and the first book was really good. The whole fairytales are real, but are also scary, evil, and creepy. That was awesome and learning about Hinterland was exciting, but also terrified me.

The first 100 or so pages of this book, I felt like nothing was happening. Honestly though, once you get past that it does get interesting
♠ TABI ♠
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
'This wasn't magic like I'd seen--the snarled labyrinth of the Hazel Wood, the unlatched cages of the Hinterland. It was older. Cruder. This magic was a blunt and wily animal, fed on horrors.'


I actually liked this book so much better than the first one. Which is good for a sequel!! But I still felt like it was perhaps a bit awkwardly paced in quite a few areas, Alice was still a bit confusing character . . . and there definitely wasn't enough Finch. I also wanted this to be longer?? The
Jun 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
Okay, all I can say is that I hope that Alice and Finch can find their way back to each other. Maybe she'll join him in another world along with her mother - after all, Ella missed the magic too.
Apr 28, 2018 marked it as to-read
Don't get me wrong, I LOVED The Hazel Wood but it ended on such a good note... what are you going to do?
Elle Rudy
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways, 2020
Full of twists, turns and places weve never seen before, Melissa Albert delivers a sequel thats more than lived up to the enchantingly grim tale that came before it.

A book is always a door.

With Alices return from the Hinterland, I guess this book verges into Urban Fantasy, more so than before. Theres further crossover between the Stories and our world as we follow Alice as she tries to unravel another mystery. While the Hinterland itself was once following her, now shes haunted by new foes and
Julie Zantopoulos
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2020
I soft DNFd this book twice and while the writing is still beautiful the story dragged and just wasnt necessary to tell. I am excited for the bind up of fairytales because I think thats where Melissa excels but this wasnt it. I loved The Hazelwood but this fell flat in so many ways. ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF bad
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Flat Iron Books, via Netgalley for an honest review.

You still think you live in a world where girls will lie down for you and show you their throats.


Now lie down, and show me your throat.

After escaping The Hinterland and her story, Alice is back in New York with her mother, just trying to make a new life for herself away from the magic and fairy tales. But after time paces, Alice finds herself drawn back to the ex-stories of The
Cody Roecker
Jan 08, 2018 marked it as to-read

(i am going to adore this, 100%)
Update 3/22/20: This is currently on Book Outlet for under $7!!! I just ordered my copy.

I guess this means that I actually have to read The Hazel Wood now...
Because there's no way I am not jumping in on this hype!

FOMO is real, people!!!
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I absolutely adored The Hazelwood, but I was kind of nervous about getting a sequel because it works so well as a standalone. And honestly, while there are things I like about The Night Country, I really don't think it felt necessary. The standout here is the new fairytales, and Melissa Albert is the queen of wonderfully dark fairytales. (I can't wait to get my hands on Tales from the Hinterlands!) As for the rest of the plot, it was really a mixed bag for me.

I can't say too much without
Jessica | Booked J
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. LIBRO.FM provided the audiobook for reviewing purposes. This does not effect my opinion in any way. You can also find this review here at Booked J.

The Hazel Wood Series
The Hazel Wood: ★★★★☆ (4.5--is likely to be bumped up to a five star)
The Night Country: ★★★★★

W-O-W. Wow. Just, wow. I'm obsessed.

You guys already
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

The theme for 2020 so far seems to be sequels with a different tone or feel than their originals. The latest book to fall into this pattern appears to be The Night Country, the follow-up to Melissa Alberts debut The Hazel Wood, which I really enjoyed. Believe it or not, this one goes even deeper in already dark territory, but I loved how these changes enhanced the storys haunted atmosphere and complex characters.

Anyway, as
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
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Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another darkly awesome fairy tale by Melissa Albert! I was a little bit afraid to read a sequel to The Hazel Wood. So often, when I really love a book, I am disappointed in a sequel. Most of the time, they just don't have the same feel as the first book. But, I am glad to report that, for me, this book is just as good as The Hazel Wood! In places, maybe even better! It took me a few days after downloading my review copy to work up the courage to start reading -- I'm so glad I did! It ended up ...more
Samantha Sophia
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Im hanging on for book 2 because of Finch and his worlds exploring. I think there is room to tell a better story that doesnt drag and with a hero you would actually root for that also doesnt dismiss the only person of colors narrative. Also, Janet and the story spinner would be great folks to expand upon

This story has potential and it falls short in a number of ways. I did find a continuity issue at the end with Sophia Snow, feels like a late add that was poorly edited into the book. The tales
Kirsty ❤️
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The second in the Hazel Wood series and I enjoyed it as much as the first one. As before there's a magical lilt to the writing but as it's about 'Stories' (the name for people in the tales) that makes sense. This time Alice and the others that left the Hinterland are in New York when several are murdered and it looks like Alice is being framed for the deaths. She sets about clearing her name and finding the real killer.  

I wasn't so keen on Ellory's part of the story. His relationship with
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-btr
Liked this one better than the hazel wood . If you liked the world created in the hazel wood and want more then you should definitely read this one .
Feb 02, 2018 marked it as to-read
a second book! yessss!

THE NIGHT COUNTRY is better than THE HAZEL WOOD, which I would consider more 3.5 stars. I felt that THE HAZEL WOOD felt more disjointed. THE NIGHT COUNTRY is an interesting read filled with dark and bloody fairy tales and strange doors. I believe fantasy seekers will love this book!
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