The Night Country by Melissa Albert
Series: The Hazel Wood #2
Format: Arc provided by Raincoast Books
Release date: January 7th
Top 3 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairy Tales
My rating: Set it on fire/If you have nothing else to read/you need to read it/Run and buy it.
To buy the book: CA • US • FR• Bookdep
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Hey guys! Do you remember the Hazel Wood? I do! I was transported by this unique version of fairy tales, by their glorious darkness and the adventures of Alice in the dangerous Hinterland. I thought it was a standalone… but then, I saw that there was a sequel! No idea what it would be about, but I had to try 😉
With Finch’s help, Alice escaped the Hinterland and her reclusive grandmother’s dark legacy. Now she and the rest of the dregs of the fairy tale world have washed up in New York City, where Alice is trying to make a new, unmagical life. But something is stalking the Hinterland’s survivors―and she suspects their deaths may have a darker purpose. Meanwhile, in the winking out world of the Hinterland, Finch seeks his own adventure, and―if he can find it―a way back home…
What comes after the end of a fairy tale?
After surviving her fairy tale, Alice and the other Stories must learn to live in our good old New York… and they are not doing well! They are made for magic and destruction, and ready to bring it in human lives. Even Alice, trying to be as normal as possible, still feels that pull. She is torn between her connection to other Stories and her life with her mom Ella. And of course, she thinks of Finch, traveling through worlds.
This fragile balance is destroyed when Stories start getting murdered in a way that strangely reminds of Alice’s old power….making her the first suspect! And the only one willing to search for what could be behind the murders.
I felt that this book lost a bit of interest by being in our work, though I loved every little bit of twisted tale we still were told through the book. New tales and old tales alike. They were just as dark and twisted as in the Hazel Wood, if not more.
We also follow Finch, traveling through worlds, for better or for worse, wondering if he was right to leave Alice behind, torn between his curiosity to see it all and his feelings for this strange girl he saved from herself. And meeting new companions on the way… but where will he be led?
Yet, I could not be fully transported in the story, as I was in the Hazel Wood. It read well, it was beautiful writing and I was curious to see where it would lead, but it was missing a little something to get me fully into the book.
In a few words
More terrible tales of death and magic, murders to solve and a world to save! Alice has a busy schedule in this second book, and even if I was not 100% into it, it was still worth reading more about the Stories, about Finch and of course, Alice-three-times!
See you for a cup,