The Night Country by Melissa Albert
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There is a Drunk Review for the first book in this series The Hazel Wood
What I drank prior: prosecco. Also I spent a little time in a hot tub so bubbles all around.
The highly anticipated sequel to Melissa Albert’s beloved, New York Times bestselling debut The Hazel Wood!
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…
Drunk Overview: Alice is now dealing with a world without the Hazelwood and is clearly struggling but gets brought into the world of the other misfits when murders start occuring.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: this book wasnt quite as unnerving as the Hazel Wood. That book legit required me to put down the book so I wouldn’t have nightmares. This seemed a little more cut and dry. There were still some marvelous twists and turns but I found some of the major surprises to be pretty darn obvious.
Characters: alice is still struggling. Her boyfriend is missing (though he has his own fun sideplot and I would love to have some novellas about some of the other world travellers) and she’s kind of alienated herself from… everyone? It makes sense to have that bit of backslide but was still a bit disappointing. The new cast of characters is partially intriguing. I dony want to say too much here for people interested in reading but some of the new characters felt flatter than others. Either that ot Alice is really dumb (also possible).
Plot:Honestly. After how good the first book was, I almost would have preferred a story of a different character in this universe. Alice has cut herself off from the other Hazelwood creatures, only seems to have one friend that is also her boss. And her mother. But somehow it is still her job to figure out whats happening. The story and plot does build really well when a few of the dofferent plotlines finally coalesce. I cant call it a final battle but the last couple of chapters were mind blowingly cool.
Writing Style: fine. I was missing some of the creepy aires of the first book but there was still a tone of things being just a little bit off which was exactly what this book needed.
World building: so much of this.obviously we know what New York is like bit this book introdiced more world hopping and world creation and I would adore to see more of that and the goblin market. There were magical items which wete also great. A+ world building.
What to pair it with: pomegranate martini served in an ice cold glass. You need the red for the blood, and alcohol for the bite, and the glass for that chill that rolls down your spine.
Rating: 4/5 Shots. The ending of this book saved it.