The Night Country
The highly anticipated sequel to Melissa Albert’s 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.
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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.
"You were a monster in the Hinterland. Why are you pretending to be a mouse?"
Her mother, stole her once from the story and raised her in the real world. And Alice became trapped back into her story, E ...more
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 m ...more
Here’s the thing. I have this huge rereading fixation. I’ve gotten it under control a bit this year, but before that, like one in three books I read was a reread. I would read books for the second time mere months after the first. There are MULTIPLE books on my shelves I’ve read over three times.
It’s an issue.
And yet. Every. Single. Time a sequel to a book I enjoyed comes out, do I read the first book?
NEVER. I never do.
I just stumble through the first 100 pages hoping for ...more
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 char ...more
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.
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 ...more
“A book is always a door.”
With Alice’s return from the Hinterland, I guess this book verges into Urban Fantasy, more so than before. There’s 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 she’s haunted by new foe ...more
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Similarly to the first book in the series, I found this one too boring and predictable. I think it’s mainly due to feeling like such a young novel/series. And it’s such a disappointment, too, because this story has such pot ...more
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 ...more
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!!! ...more
In book one, it was Alice's unlikeabl ...more
WARNING! There are SPOILERS for the first book in this duology, The Hazel Wood, in this review. In order to talk about the setup for this book I have to SPOIL how the first book ends. Consider this your spoiler alert!
A recap of The Hazel Wood:
In The Hazel Wood ...more
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 ...more
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 o ...more
It was a really going story. There were quite a few grammar issues that kinda hit me like a speed bump sometimes but it was good. I do have to say that the end moved rather quickly, maybe too quickly. But I am glad I bought it ...more
“‘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 ...more
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 Albert’s 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 story’s haunted atmosphere and complex characters.
I can't say too much without spoili ...more
I was definitely entertained by the story. I love Dark fairy tales and this did not disappoint. The action started right off the bat and did not let up. I remember loving the first book and being captivated by the characters. This time i felt very detached from the characters. I didn't care about them as much. That being said the story was captivating and I'm glad i read it. ...more
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 ...more
The Night Country follows Alice Proserpine, like many other ex-stories and travelers, as she attempts to settle into her life outside of the Hinterland after it falls apart. However, ...more
Besides that, the pacing was okay but I did find myself being bored during some parts. At times I felt bad for Alice and at others, I was rooting for the other person. This book also ...more
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 tal ...more
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