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The Night Country

(The Hazel Wood #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  11,076 ratings  ·  1,628 reviews
Can you ever truly escape the Hazel Wood?

In the sequel to her New York Times bestselling, literary/commercial breakout, The Hazel Wood, Melissa Albert dives back into the menacing, mesmerizing world that captivated readers of the first book. Follow Alice Proserpine and Ellery Finch as they come to learn that The Hazel Wood was just the beginning of worlds beyond, “a place
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published January 9th 2020 by Penguin (first published January 7th 2020)
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Miranda Reads

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4.5 stars

"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. And Alice became trapped back into her story, E
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No need to talk about the elephant in the room. It is so obvious that I didn’t enjoy the first book and I didn’t 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 book’s 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 m
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'm definitely going to read this a lot of times.

Edited to add: You can read the book's first chapter here!
I am my own worst enemy.

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
Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 char
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

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
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, giveaways
Full of twists, turns and places we’ve never seen before, Melissa Albert delivers a sequel that’s more than lived up to the enchantingly grim tale that came before it.

“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
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 don’t 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 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
This better be about Finch. That’s all I’m 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
lily ☁️
what do you do, when you want to read fantasies again, but your brain simply won’t acquiesce, and puts you in a distinctly not-fantasy mood instead?

you thwart its unwillingness by reading a book that is fairytale, fantasy, and contemporary all in one.

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h o l l i s
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 unlikeabl
Amy Imogene Reads
5 stars

Not everyone's cup of tea, but for fans of Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children series, gritty urban fantasy, lyrical portal fantasy, and murder mysteries.... this was tailor-made for us.

Writing: ★★★★★
Plot/Pacing: ★★★★★
Enjoyment: ★★★★★

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 Haz
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!!!
Angela Staudt
I don’t 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
Yikes. This was just not very good. It dragged a lot. The book would have been better if Albert focused primarily on Alice and not on Ellery and his adventures. It really read as two stories being crammed into one. Also all of the writing was so dramatic. At one point Alice mentions how the rain feels like tongues and blood against her skin. My response, eww and really? I think this had an interesting idea. Alice is now an Ex-Story trying to be a real live girl. However, we don't get that. Just ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF bad
Jun 14, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 o
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't get me wrong, I LOVED The Hazel Wood but it ended on such a good note... what are you going to do?

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
Cody Roecker
This one was much creepier than the first and I really enjoyed that aspect of this one! The writing, as always, is beautiful! Love the way the worlds worked with and against one another and the layers that were continually peeled back as the story unfolded
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
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 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 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 spoili
Jennie Damron
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.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood was something I really enjoyed, so I was super excited to learn that it was getting a sequel. The Night Country was one of my most anticipated releases for 2020, but I did not pick it up until now. While it was not as strong as The Hazel Wood was for me personally, I still enjoyed it.

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,
julianna ➹
ok update i'm actually going to take a break from reading this LMAO i'm at 16% and just not vibing... will probably attempt to procure a physical copy whenever i read it & also possibly reread the hazel wood!!!


(apr 17 2021)

part two of the series, spontaneous brs with lily

ok maybe technically not a buddy read bc lily already finished the book before i even cracked past the first 3%! but we don't talk about that

tune in to see if i will love this book as much as its predecessor (one of my all
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 be ...more
Ever since I fell in love with the first book in this series, I have been excited to dive into the sequel. In the beginning, The Night Country was interesting. I mean, Alice was an okay character but not my favorite. I have no idea what happened between the first book and this one but she was just so annoying to me.

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
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