It honestly feels like it’s been forever since I’ve finished a NetGalley book and written for this blog. It’s already been a crazy start to the new year and time is acting weird, or is that just me? Anyway, glad to feel like I’m back in the swing of things!
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 didn’t love The Hazel Woodso it stands to reason I wouldn’t love The Night Country. Still, when I saw it available for request on NetGalley I couldn’t stop myself from requesting it and, well, here we are! (Thank you to NetGalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review!!)
This is another really weird book. Of course it is in the same vein as The Hazel Wood but it’s also very similar to The Wren Hunt and The Wickerlight in the fact that I can’t say exactly why I enjoyed them. I didn’t feel very connected to the intensity of the plot or the characters but I enjoyed the story.
This author is really good at finding and teasing out the darkness of fairytales. I loved the excerpts where the Hinterland stories were being told; it all felt so darkly magical. I suppose much of the book was that way- you just waited for the next thing to go wrong. And boy was there a lot going wrong. The chapters from Finch’s POV were also really interesting because I truly felt like I was being transported into a magical world. Those definitely helped keep me interested in the book when I grew bored with some of the weird pacing.
I really didn’t feel any connection to Alice (again). She didn’t feel very real to me, and maybe that was the point since she’s a Story. But like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I am a very character-driven reader. There’s only so much the darkness of the book can do to keep me really interested. The plot was dire but it never felt like something Big and Bad was happening.
All things considered, I didn’t end up loving this series as much as I had initially hoped I would. I do enjoy the writing and the overall darkness of the books but the development and characterization is not quite my style.
How’s your new year going so far? Is this book on your tbr?