I have mixed feelings about this one……
I read The Hazel Wood last October and liked it. I thought it was a standalone so the sequel shocked me. Thank you to Netgalley for giving me an arc in exchange for my honest review. Let’s discuss.
Alice is back from the Hazel Wood and things have changed. Alice is trying to live a normal life but the Hinterland keeps calling her back. Suddenly, the Hinterland survivors are being targeted by a murderer who seems to have a goal in mind. Alice tries to solve this murder while protecting her own life. Meanwhile, Ellery Finch goes on an adventure of his own while trying to make his way back to Alice.
I will admit I stayed confused for over half of the book. It seemed disjointed so it was hard for me to have a clear grasp on what was happening. When the events finally came together it made a little more sense. At first I could not figure out the point of the novel at all. Some events felt random and unnecessary. When Alice confronted the man from her story without provocation I thought it came without warning. I thought it might end up crucial later but it didn’t.
Now that I have gotten my negative thoughts out let’s discuss the positive parts. It was atmospheric so even though I was confused I still felt like part of the world. The fairy tale parts were so much fun. I felt like I was reading a Grimm’s Fairy Tale. Alice worked in a bookstore and there were some really humorous parts to that. The writing was lush and descriptive. I really enjoyed the characters even though Alice is a little self-centered. It is a decent read and I do plan to buy a physical copy because the cover is gorgeous.