The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black

the-darkest-part-of-the-forest-holly-black-ukThe Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Publication Date: January 13th 2015 by Little, Brown
Source: ARC

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

I originally received this book from Little, Brown in back in October and I’m embarrassed to say it took me this long to finish the book. I got roughly 40 pages in and set it aside for something else. I picked it back up a few days ago and even though I was having trouble getting into it I wanted to finish. I am so glad I did!

I may not have loved every piece of this story, and I found my mind wandering at times, but Black’s writing style is charming and it’s magical to read. However my biggest problem was that it was a little too wordy at times and I started to forget what was going on.

All the action doesn’t really start happening until the last 100ish pages, so if you’re like me and you get to page 200 still worried this is going to be a DNF just keep going. I adore the ending. I’m actually having trouble keeping spoilers to myself and I need to find someone else who read an ARC so I can fangirl over this ending. I will be picking up a hardcover copy just for the ending alone. (okay I’ll stop gushing about the ending)

The characters are spellbinding. Hazel and her bother Ben are possibly my favorite brother-sister-duo I’ve ever read. And the more romantic relationships are on point! Black’s characters are just truly amazing.

“magic madness heaven sin” – these poetic Taylor Swift lyrics describe my feelings for this book perfectly. This was my first Faerie book and I need more! Since this was my first book from this sub-genre of fantasy I don’t have much to compare it too recommendation wise. But if you’re into fantasy and spellbinding stories then The Darkest Part of the Forest is for you.

I had originally settled on giving this book 3.5 stars, but after writing this review I realized that I liked it a lot more than I thought. I’m still going with a 4 star rating, because those first 200 pages could use some extra attention keepers, but I did really enjoy this book as a whole. Check it out in a few weeks when it’s in stores!

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3 thoughts on “The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black

  1. Nicole @ The Quiet Concert says:

    As much buzz as was surrounding this book for a while I am surprised that this is the first review i’ve read for it!

    It’s a shame that the beginning was a little wordy and slow but hearing you gush about the ending makes me want to read this one anyway! I typically enjoy Holly Black’s work so it’s only fair that I give it a shot!

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