Thursday, April 5, 2018

Book Review: The Darkest Part Of The Forest by: Holly Black

Release Date: January 13, 2015
from Little Brown Books For Young Readers
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"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:

I loved this book. I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for years and I am so ridiculously glad I finally picked it up because I loved it. It has an awesome world and awesome characters and it was creepy and action packed and mysterious and just so good.

Holly Black writes some of the very best faeries. She writes so many different kinds of faeries and they are just so captivating. And what’s so great is that she writes faeries that range from terrifying to swoony and does both so damn well.  I just *bows to Holly Black*

Hazel is a great main character and I loved her. She was fierce and strong and in the end all she wanted to do was save the day. She makes mistakes along the way and she has her flaws but that makes her real and made me love her even more. I also adored her brother Ben. And I loved their relationship because even with the secrets they kept they still loved one another and wanted to protect each other. But my favorite of them all was Jack. Oh how I lovvvved Jack. Jack is the faerie boy who has grown up in the human world. He is sweet and charming and so endearing. I wanted to reach through and squeeze him and his pointy ears.

The Darkest Part Of The Forest kept me engaged and guessing and hooked. There were so many layers and mysteries to unwind. It’s such a creepy fairy tale with the riddles and the warnings and breadcrumbs littered throughout. And ugh the writing was so ridiculously good. This is one of those books that truly takes you away.

All in all, The Darkest Part Of The Forest is an amazingly addictive read and I wish there was more to the story for me to get lost in. It’s an amazing world with wonderful characters and I’m so glad I finally got to this one.


  1. Oh nice! I still need to read this one! I just bought it recently when I attended a signing of Holly's earlier this year. Still needs to be read though! Glad to see it was a winner! Nice review!


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