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The Night Country: Melissa Albert (The Hazel Wood) (edició 2020)

de Melissa Albert (Autor)

Sèrie: The Hazel Wood (2)

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"Alice Proserpine dives back into a menacing, mesmerizing world of dark fairy tales and hidden doors. She and Ellery Finch 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 Hinterland, Finch seeks his own adventure, and--if he can find it--a way back home."--Back cover.… (més)
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Títol:The Night Country: Melissa Albert (The Hazel Wood)
Autors:Melissa Albert (Autor)
Informació:Penguin (2020), Edition: 01, 352 pages
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The Night Country was the dark fairytale I needed in my life right now. I’m a big fan of fairytale retellings, but Melissa Albert’s Hazel Wood universe is beyond a retelling. It’s her own collection of original Brother’s Grimm-worthy twisted fairytales and it is so good. It’s been a few years since I read The Hazel Wood and I had forgotten the chills from her world and the beauty of her writing and this novel was such a treat.

Although The Night Country is advertised as a companion novel and not a sequel, it still features Alice as our protagonist. Albert’s book-within-a-book, Tales of the Hinterland, is widely relevant in The Night Country and readers like myself who are thirsty for a return to that world will not be disappointed. Creepy, ill-intending characters shine just as brightly in New York as they ever did in the Hinterland and Alice Proserpine remains the trouble, torn young woman we met in the last book.

I won’t say The Night Country is refreshing, because it has many many disturbing images and promises of darkness. There are moments in the plot that disappointed me, but not for lack of good writing. There were many directions this story could have gone, and while I think the ending was just fine, I’m such a fan of this world that I wanted more of it. The Night Country doesn’t tie everything up with a bow – if Albert wanted to revisit these characters and the world she built – there are (in a sense) still opportunities to expand on the lore and create new tales. I think I could devour these stories forever and I wish more authors wrote similar creepy original fairytales. Then again, her originality within a tired YA tradition may be what makes The Hazel Wood and The Night Country so appealing.

Even if the storyline of this book doesn’t appeal, Albert’s writing is phenomenal. She has a way of sewing together metaphors with images I wouldn’t dream of, but are perfect. Was The Hazel Wood this good? Or has Albert’s writing improved? One way or the other, there were moments when a particularly good image stood out to me so strongly that I had to pause and appreciate it.

Something to remember if you are reading this (or The Hazel Wood). Alice is a villain. She was written as a problematic, violent characters within the world-within-a-world-within-a-world and that still stands true when she steps into New York, despite any desire she may have to be otherwise. She easy falls back into her nature and doesn’t apologize for it. If you pick up this duology, it’s important to remember that not all protagonists are heroes. Alice is deeply flawed.

For myself, I absolutely loved this. I loved the dual storylines and shadows between all the worlds we visit. I think Melissa Albert has an incredibly creative mind and her details are extraordinary. The Night Country was the mix of twisted and magical I needed at the moment, and I easily recommend this. I will read it again. Also, I do believe folks who have not read The Hazel Wood could probably jump into this one, because there’s enough backstory. I’d still recommend reading The Hazel Wood first because it will be a richer experience, but if you stumble across The Night Country, I believe there’s enough here to enjoy the story without the other book. ( )
  Morteana | May 23, 2022 |
After barely escaping from the Hinterland, Alice Proserpine has had enough of Fairy Tales. Inexplicably though, she has found herself drawn to other expatriate Tales. That is, until Tales start turning up murdered. Ellery Finch thought living in the Hinterland would be like living in his own dream world. The shine starts to wear off though after one too many near death experiences. He finds himself searching for a way home when the Hinterland starts crumbling around him. Will he make it out in time?
Melissa Albert has created an enjoyable sequel that continues the story of what happens after The Hazel Wood. It fulfills the curiosity of readers of the first, but fails to stand on its own. The narrative was harder to follow, so I imagine those that did not read The Hazel Wood would be lost. The Night Country is a good book that fails to shine independently. ( )
  Bibliophilly | Aug 30, 2021 |
*I was provided a digital ARC via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.*

I loved The Hazel Wood and was excited to get my hands on The Night Country. While this novel had Albert's gorgeous prose and excellent atmosphere and interesting characters, I thought it had a very different feel from the first book.

Where the first was more about discovery (who she was, where she came from, etc etc) and had more of a fairy-tale feel, this book was more of a mystery (who was killing all the Hinterlanders and why were they taking body parts) and a gritty, urban feel. This book was definitely darker than the first (in a good way). It started off a little slow and felt more like a character piece than the adventure that the first book was.

I love her twist on the darker side of fairy tales. I DO wish we would have seen a little more of Finch in this book, and I wish that there was more interaction between him and Alice so that I could figure out WHAT they were to each other.

While The Hazel Wood remains my favorite of the two, The Night Country tied up some loose ends from The Hazel Wood and gave us a new (gory and dark) gothic tale. I look forward to seeing what the author has next. ( )
  jenncaffeinated | Jul 4, 2021 |
I enjoyed this book, though not as much as the previous installment in the series. It still had a lot of great elements, and I thought both Alice's and Finch's stories were very interesting, but I didn't find the mystery quite mysterious enough. ( )
  bibliovermis | Jun 7, 2021 |
In The Night Country by Melissa Albert, Alice is adjusting to the real world as a story. Living in New York City, working a job and living with her mom, she tries to be as normal as possible. Except she’s not. She’s an ex-story and that sometimes gets in the way of things. When other ex-stories start getting murdered it seems like Alice must once again solve a mystery to keep herself and her community safe. Read the rest of the review - https://bythecoverreview.com/2021/03/08/review-the-night-country-tales-of-the-hi... ( )
  bythecoverreview | Mar 8, 2021 |
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"Alice Proserpine dives back into a menacing, mesmerizing world of dark fairy tales and hidden doors. She and Ellery Finch 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 Hinterland, Finch seeks his own adventure, and--if he can find it--a way back home."--Back cover.

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