Published: January 7, 2020
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 352

Book Description: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…

I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was really exited to get to read the second book in this series because I wanted to know what was going to happen! We were left wondering what was going to happen to Ellery when he saved Alice from The Hazel Wood, because come on that couldn’t have just been the end of him.

I thought this sequel was well done and that it continued the story nicely. It gives you some background on what has happened since Alice and the other fairy tales left The Hazel Wood. You start by seeing that she is trying to have a new life, but that really there is no escaping the world of The Hazel Wood. Alice also hasn’t given up on Ellery and so really her trying to have a non-magical life isn’t practical; plus it is part of what makes her who she is.

I thought the characters were well developed and I like that you also get to see how things are for Ellery and how he is trying to get back to Alice. I thought the supporting characters were not too bad, they could have had a little more information on them, but they aren’t really the point of the story.

Overall I thought the writing was well done, the story flowed nicely and I thought the ending was well done. I actually got into this sequel a little more than The Hazel Wood. I would definitely recommend the series.

Book Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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