The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Published January 13th 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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… (Goodreads)
This was my very first Holly Black book. I had heard great things of her writing and I can say I was not disappointed. I was worried that this book would leave me wanting more. I do not read many fantasy stand alone novels. I don't think I even know of many actually... Usually a good fantasy novel comes with at least two more books in the series if not way more.
This book was so satisfying. I flew right through this book. I enjoyed the world. Holly Black did an awesome job of building a world quickly but in a way that didn't feel rushed. I never felt like I was drowning in world building information. She made the woods in this town really come alive in my head. I could literally imagine it in great detail. That really got me hooked right away.
Next the characters were great! I loved Hazel. I loved her bravery and her awkward kissing addiction. Ben, her brother, is also great because he is also brave even though he is completely terrified. I love how he always did what was necessary despite his fear or lack of preparation or capabilities.
The Darkest Part Of The Forest was action packed and full of emotional twists and turns. I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the ending. I loved the finale of this novel. It ended in such a beautiful way and was completely satisfying.
I highly recommend this book. I plan to read more Holly Black ASAP! and by ASAP I mean as soon as that darn TBR shelf of mine shrinks substantially. :p
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