Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black.

darkest part of the forest

Release Date: January 10th 2015.
Australian Publisher: Hachette
Source: From the goodie bag I got from a blogger night hosted by Hachette.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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?

My Thoughts.

5 stars.

This book was brilliant. I absolutely loved it!

Faeries are one of my favourite paranormal creatures so I was really looking forward to reading this one, and The Darkest Part of the forest was one of the best faery stories I have read. It was an awesome modern and original fairytale.

There is just so much to love about this book. A horned faery prince in a glass coffin. A girl with a warrior heart determined to hunt down the monster terrorising her town. Her brother who was cursed by a faerie to play achingly beautiful music. A swoon worthy faery boy living as human. A brother-sister relationship that I loved. Diversity.Great writing.
It’s a little dark, there are awesome twists, it is so romantic and the ending was perfect. PERFECT.

This book is not like the other faery books. If you think you’ve read them all, give this one a go. I cannot recommend it enough. It was amazing. So amazing that I screamed when it ended. Screamed because it was so good. Screamed because it ended.
I was drawn in from the very first page and held captivated until the end, hardly able to put it down. This is definitely a must read.

You can add it to your Goodreads HERE.

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8 thoughts on “Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black.

  1. Oh my goodness! I hadn’t really given this one a second glance but your review has made me so interested! I love faeries, too, and I feel like they are sometimes left behind in the fantasy/paranormal books in the YA genre; or they are done badly. So I am super excited to hear that this one did them justice!

    And everything else you mentioned sounds pretty fabulous. I think I may just need to read this book ASAP!

    1. This is the first thing I’ve read of hers beyond a few short stories and I really enjoyed her writing style. This book was awesome. You should try and read it if you can.

  2. I can’t wait to read this one too, Rochelle! It sounds fantastic; the characters and the plot and all that is a part of the story, the possibility and all of it excite me so much! I love fairytales and though I don’t think I always have liked Holly Black’s stories, I’ll definitely be giving this a try! Glad you loved it so much. It’s so great when you think you’ve read everything in a certain genre and then this single book makes you realise how much more there can be still.

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