The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

My Rating: 5/5 Stars!

Cover Rating: 8.5/10! I love this cover! When I first saw it I knew I had to read this book one day! I love how organic it is and how well it goes with the novel. Plus I love the touch of the butterfly. It is really pretty.

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Publish Date: January 13th, 2015

Number of Pages: 336

Received: My e-gift from Andrew @GroovyGlasses

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

A girl makes a secret sacrifice to the faerie king in this lush New York Times bestselling fantasy by author Holly Black

In the woods is a glass coffin. It rests on the ground, and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives….

Hazel and her brother, Ben, live in Fairfold, where humans and the Folk exist side by side. Since they were children, Hazel and Ben have been telling each other stories about the boy in the glass coffin, that he is a prince and they are valiant knights, pretending their prince would be different from the other faeries, the ones who made cruel bargains, lurked in the shadows of trees, and doomed tourists. But as Hazel grows up, she puts aside those stories. Hazel knows the horned boy will never wake.

Until one day, he does….

As the world turns upside down, Hazel has to become the knight she once pretended to be.

The Darkest Part of the Forest is bestselling author Holly Black’s triumphant return to the opulent, enchanting faerie tales that launched her YA career.

Opening Sentence: “Down a path worn into the woods, past a stream and a hollowed-out log full of pill bugs and termites, was a glass coffin.”

Musings:

The Darkest Part of the Forest mixes reality and fantasy in a beautiful blend to create a story that is part magic, part fairy, and part totally human. My intro into the world of Holly Black did not disappoint. This story of magic, family, love, and never giving up left a mark on my heart. The Darkest Part of the Forest will always be a special book to me.

What I Loved:

There is a doctor who reference. Not just any doctor who reference, but one about my favorite doctor Matt Smith.. my sweet fluff ball bow tie boy. The one that made me refuse to watch seasons past his leaving, because I was heartbroken.. I’m going to rewatch all of doctor who and finally get to the new seasons because I HAVE to see the new female doctor! I just have to! Anyway, I have been a fully fledged Whovian since middle school and I feel like I lost the right to that badge of honor. I need to rewatch and take it back. Anyway, I ADORE Holly for putting that reference in there.

A modern take on some classic fantasy. I love how rooted this story is in the contemporary era, but placed in a town touched by magic and fantasy. It creates this really cool split between normal reality and oddities and I loved that.

The image of a horned boy in a class coffin. We all know and love the fairy tale this reminds us of. Yet somehow I found that the image and story that came from this impacted me more then sleeping beauty. That’s a really big accomplishment considering the princess obsessed little girl I was once.

The LGBT Rep. It was really beautiful to read about a brother and sister pair that both grew up loving the same magical boy. The way that things played out in the end was so beautiful. I loved too.. what situations it created for both Hazel and her brother and how it brought them closer together and yet further apart for different reasons.

An original changeling storyline. I loved the secondary plot of a changeling boy being taken in to live as the brother of a boy he was supposed to trade places with. I loved how uniquely his story formed and how it added depth to the story that I think would have been missing without it.

The often lyrical writing. Holly writes beautifully… like really beautifully. I loved how her dark and lyrical writing made imagery come to life in my mind. It makes me so excited to read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (which I’ve owned for a while, but haven’t got a chance to read yet). Her writing style is really unique and it grabs your attention immediately. Even in the first line you can tell just how easily it grabs attention.

Final thoughts:

The Darkest Part of the Forest is a book I feel I got to read at just the right time. It’s fantastic and daring and full of really great writing. The details of it are as beautiful as the cover. I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to read this.

About the Author:

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.

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20 thoughts on “The Darkest Part of the Forest: A Review

  1. Oh, if this is your first Holly Black you should go back and read The Modern Faerie Tales trilogy before you read The Cruel Prince. They’re all in the same world and the characters make small cameo appearances in the Cruel Prince. And some of the characters from Modern are also in Darkest Part. I love these books so much!!

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  2. Yay! I’m so glad you’ve read a Holly Black book. She’s a lovely writer. Her word flow is so musical and vivid. She’s my go-to author for dark fairytales. This one isn’t my favorite of hers but it’s still much better than many other YA books I’ve read. The image of the horned boy in the coffin is top-notch and I love how she twists and turns cliches into something original and diverse. Also, YES to that Doctor Who reference. David Tennant was my favorite but Matt Smith was phenomenal. I stopped watching after he left too! But I’ll be rewatching the series too so I can see the new female doctor!!! So excited for that!! 😀

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      1. I hope you love her other books too! Give her Modern Faerie Tales trilogy a go. I thought those were great. And some of her characters tie into Cassie Clare’s TMI, too! I also hope you love The Cruel Prince if you ever get around to it.

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