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Alice and her mother are constantly on the move. They have no permanent address and they can move with just moments notice. When Alice’s famous but reclusively grandmother dies, they finally stop moving. When her mother is kidnapped and taken to the Hinterland, the fictional place that her grandmother wrote about, Alice begins to question her entire childhood.
I am very torn. This book was so hyped by many, many people. This book contains a lot of my buzzwords; dark, fairy tale, unlikable main character. But even with all that this book left me very underwhelmed.
This book was a lot slower than I had anticipated. When it comes to fairy tales, I am used to some initial setup and world building but this book too so much time world building, I didn’t think we would see the Hinterland in this book.
The first half of the this book was Alice being an unlikable character surrounding herself by very bland characters. I didn’t understand why the secondary character Finch wanted to help her so much. There was so much more that could have been explored.
This book was marketed as a fantasy. But it wasn’t until the last ⅓ of the book that anything fantastic even happened. The whole magical world felt tacked on and felt rushed.
This was just all around disappointing, I would give it a D+.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.