Book Reviews, YA book reviews

The Night Country (The Hazel Wood #2) by Melissa Albert – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Four Stars

RELEASE DATE:  7 January 2019

Format: Paperback

Pages: 326

Publisher: Penguin Australia



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 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…





Thank you so much to Penguin Australia for providing me with a copy of The Night Country in exchange for an honest review!


If you thought The Hazel Wood was dark, this is much darker.  Hauntingly dark and disturbing, The Night Country continues the story of The Hazel Wood, with Alice back in the real world.  Alice wants more than anything to just lead a normal life with her mother, from here on out, but she’s continuously drawn back to the other Hinterlander’s who have come to New York from the Hinterland. When some of them start to die in mysterious and gruesome circumstances, Alice is pulled into the mystery whether she likes it or not.

While Alice navigates the real world, Finch is navigating his way through the Hinterland, where two months have past, compared to Alice’s two years, and learning about a place called The Night Country.  There were some fantastic new characters in this book, including Sophia, Alice’s friend, and a return to some you’ll recognise from the Hinterland stories.

Full of twists and turns, with just the right atmosphere to keep us firmly in the feel of The Hazel Wood, even while being set in the real world, it seamlessly blended fairytale and urban fantasy in a way that had me riveted to the page until the end.





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