Title: The Night Country
Author: Melissa Albert
Page Count: 331 pages
Genre: Fantasy // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ .5
Publisher: Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan
Release Date: January 7, 2020
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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 Woodwas just the beginning, and that worlds die not with a whimper, but a bang.
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…
No one is more saddened than I for having to write this review. The Night Country didn’t connect with me. Having said this I will definitely read whatever the author has coming next because I enjoy her ideas and concepts immensely, especially how dark and eery they are.
My problems with this sequel started at the beginning. I couldn’t remember who any of the characters were and The Hazel Wood was a blur. I remember enjoying The Hazel Wood and being super happy it was a standalone. It just works extremely well as a standalone. What I wanted more of were Hinterland stories. When it was announced another book would be written in this world I just wanted a beautiful copy of complete Hinterland stories. So maybe my own hype played a part in my disappointment. Back to the characters. I didn’t remember anyone and the explanations of who each person was had been written for the reader but I needed more hand holding I guess.
There’s a bit of a disconnect for me with the transitions in this book. It’s mysterious which works well but comes short when I feel as if I don’t have any sense of where the book is going. Or what will come of it. Or even where I want the characters to go. It just feels like Alice In Wonderland never found her way anywhere.
Reviews and ratings for this book are all over the place and mostly middle road so I recommend you pick it up and check it out for yourself. All opinions are subject to the reader so you may enjoy it even if I didn’t.
Thank you Raincoast for providing me with a copy of the ARC in exchange for an honest review.