Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Title: The Darkest Part of the Forest
Author: Holly Black
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy
Source: Bookworld

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?
Review by Nara

Let me tell you about a tale of a girl. A girl and her brother. A girl and her brother and a town that connects to the land of the fae.

Let me tell you about a tale where the writing is reminiscent of Maggie Stiefvater's. That slow, lyrical feel that makes you think of moonlit nights and pure magic.

Let me tell you about a tale that simply *is* pure magic.

Let me tell you about a tale with fantastic protagonists, protagonists with a sibling relationship that is realistic in its secrets and fighting and honesty and love.

Let me tell you about a strange twist on Sleeping Beauty, where it is the boy who sleeps. A boy who has horns, who is fae, is he good or evil?

Let me tell you about the changeling whose foster mother refused to give him back, even after receiving her own child. The changeling who wants to fit in, and yet is drawn to the monthly celebrations of his own race. The changeling named Jack.

Let me tell you now: you want a copy of this book.

Really liked it

Overall: 8/10
Plot: 4/5
Romance: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
World Building: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Cover: 3/5