February 23, 2015

"The Darkest Part of the Forest" Review


Book: The Darkest Part of the Forest

Author: Holly Black

Format: Hardback

Page Count: 328

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

My Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: 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?

      Ugh, where do I begin. Let's get this out first: I love Holly Black. She has a great writing style and her last book "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" was my favorite standalone book that I read last year. That being said, this book was a disappointment to me. I received this book the day it came out and I couldn't wait to read it. I was so excited and then I actually read this book and it didn't do anything to me. I didn't like the book, I didn't hate it. The plot was okay I guess, but it really bothered me at times. Don't get me wrong, the writing style was good, but the plot didn't captivate me. And the characters... I didn't really like the characters. I found them boring and at times extremely annoying, especially Hazel who just angered me to no end. I think part of the reason why I didn't like the book is because in general I don't like faeries.

"Oh yes I have seen the acorn before the tree. I have seen the egg before the hen. And I will see them all again." -Random faerie

     Overall the book was "eh" at best.                                          

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