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

Title:

The Darkest Part Of The Forest


Author:

Holly Black


Publication Details:

January 1st 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


Pages:

330 pages


Format:

Kobo


Genre:

Fantasy / YA


Summary:

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:

I really really enjoyed this book. It was my first Holly Black book and I was not disappointed.I also am in love with the cover. I’ve seen people give this book bad reviews for the shittiest reasons and I get it. I mean, nothing is perfect!
But this certainly deserves more fans.
Reasons being :
1. All the characters have a very beautiful relation with one another and their lives interweave perfectly.
2. Badass female protagonist. Do I need to say more?
3. Faeries. Folklore. Sleeping prince in a glass coffin. Magic. Monsters. King. Court.
4. Romance
5. LGBT characters who are perfectly normal and not overly filled with the rainbow shit what people assume gay people like supposedly.

I was not bored even for a single minute. This was fast paced, filled with action and mystery and sometimes creepy. Even though I’m not a huge fan of faeries, this book certainly did not take me down the same road.
However there were some aspects which were cringe worthy, I fell in love with the writing style Holly has. I liked the characters and felt what they felt.
I liked how the thing wrapped up in the end. A perfect end to a stand alone novel, not like some which leave you hanging with tons of questions. Since everything was justified one way or the other throughout the book without us knowing it happening.

I loved John and Ben. Carter was okay and the parents made absolutely no sense to me. They were all cracked up. I was indifferent to the horned boy. The whole twist regarding Hazel and her deal was the best part to read about.

Recommend it to fans of Holly Black and people who like fae.


Quotes:

“There’s a monster in our wood. She’ll get you if you’re not good. Drag you under leaves and sticks. Punish you for all your tricks. A nest of hair and gnawed bone. You are never, ever coming… home.”

“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. It rested right on the ground, and in it slept a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives.”

“Once, there was a girl who vowed she would save everyone in the world, but forgot herself.”

“We love until we do not. For us, love doesn’t fade gradually. It snaps like a branch bent too far.”

“I love like in the storybooks. I love you like in the ballads. I love you like a lightning bolt. I’ve loved you since the third month you came and spoke with me. I loved that you made me want to laugh. I loved the way you were kind and the way you would pause when you spoke, as though you were waiting for me to answer you. I love you and I am mocking no one when I kiss you, no one at all.”

“I wanted to be in love like in the storybooks and songs and ballads. Love that hits you like a lightning bolt. And I’m sorry, because yeah, I get that you think I’m ridiculous. I get that you think I’m hilarious. I know, I get that you’re mocking me. I get how stupid I am, but at least I know.”

“The only way to end grief was to go through it.”


Rating:

4


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A Magic Dark And Bright by Jenny Adams Perinovic| Book Review

Title:

A Magic Dark And Bright


Author:

Jenny Adams Perinovic


Publishing Details:

April 28th 2015 by Bookish Group Press


Format:

eARC


Pages:

321 pages


Summary:

She meant to help a ghost…not unleash a curse.
Amelia Dupree hasn’t seen the Woman in White since the night her brother died.
The ghost seems to have disappeared from the woods surrounding Asylum, Pennsylvania—that is, until Charlie Blue moves into the creepy old MacAllister House next door. Amelia can’t help liking him, even though she spent her childhood thinking his grandmother was a witch. And she definitely can’t ignore the connection between his arrival and the Woman in White’s return.
Then Amelia learns that the Woman in White is a prisoner, trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead. Devastated by the idea that her brother could be suffering a similar fate, Amelia decides to do whatever it takes to help the Woman in White find peace–and Charlie agrees to help her.
But when Amelia’s classmates start to drown in the Susquehanna River, one right after another, rumors swirl as people begin to connect the timing of Charlie’s arrival with the unexplained deaths. As Charlie and Amelia uncover the dark history of Asylum, they realize they may have unleashed an unspeakable evil. One they have to stop before everything they love is destroyed.


Review:

Disclaimer: This book was given to me from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review

There are very few books and movies which can make me stay up all night AFTER completing it because of fear or because my mind is in over drive.
This book definitely did.
The plot seemed so interesting, and the cover was absolutely gorgeous, but don’t be fooled by that! Its way more dark then it seems.
Amelia can see a ghost and after the terrible things that happened recently, she yearns to see the ghost again, as she may just hold answers to Amelie’s questions.
When Charlie entered the plot, I instantly knew there was something about him that was different.
So when girls began dying people started associating their deaths to his arrival, and the fact that his grand mother was called a witch by the locals.

There were some really adorable moments between the two main characters, and even though I didn’t enjoy Amelie’s relation with her other friends and her mother, I found her okay as a character. Although sometimes they acted so stupidly, I felt like banging my head to a wall!

As the mystery unveils we get sucked in the story as intrigue and suspense take over. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I cannot wait for book 2!


Rating: 5


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Wind Catcher by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef | Book Review

Its been so long! I’ve been busy.. Gah! Anyway, another Book Review! The next blog post will probably be my March Wrap – Up, and then A trilogy review! Yay! What are you currently reading?


Title:

Wind Catcher


Author:

Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef


Series/Stand Alone:

#1 in The Chosen Series


Publisher:

Evolved Publishing | March 1st 2015


Pages:

325 pages


Genre:

Fantasy/YA


Format:

eARC from the publisher through NetGalley.


Summary:

Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices and sees visions, but she can’t make out what they mean. Her eccentric grandfather tells her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, but he might as well be speaking another language. None of it makes any sense.

When she stumbles upon a series of murders, she can’t help but worry her grandfather might be involved. To discover the truth, Juliet must choose between her new life at an elite private school and her Native American heritage.

Once she uncovers an ancient secret society formed over two hundred years ago to keep safe, she starts to wonder whether there’s some truth to those old stories her grandfather has been telling her.

All she wants is to be an average sixteen-year-old girl, but she has never been average — could never be average. Betrayed by those she loves, she must decide whether to run or risk everything by fulfilling her destiny as the Chosen.


Review:

I recieved this book from netgalley for an honest review.
This book follows a young girl who has to come in terms with the fact that she is not an ordinary girl and that his grandfather is not what he seems to be.
Having faced problems already because of the fact that she is half-Indian, Juliet’s life takes a wild turn when people start getting murdered and all the points lead to some kind of a pact which also includes his grandfather.
So she tries to unveil the mystery with a couple of her friends.
I really liked her relation with Troy in the start, however as the novel progressed and Juliet came to know about things hidden from her by none other than the two people she trusts the most, she has to act fast.
I really liked Sicheii, her grandfather and was a bit disappointed with the end.

This was action packed and fast paced. The writing was simple and on point.
But it didn’t blow my mind or anything.


Rating:

3

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Ashes To Ashes By Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Title:

Ashes to Ashes

Author:

Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Published:

Published September 16th 2014 by Simon & Schuster

Stand Alone/Series:

Book #3 in the Burn for Burn trilogy

Pages:

390 pages

Format:

Kobo

Genre:

YA/Paranormal

Summary:

New Year’s Eve ended with a bang and Mary, Kat and Lillia may not be prepared for what is to come.
After Rennie’s death, Kat and Lillia try to put the pieces together of what happened to her. They both blame themselves. If Lillia hadn’t left with Reeve… If Kat had only stayed with Rennie… Things could have been different. Now they will never be the same.
Only Mary knows the truth about that night. About what she is. She also knows the truth about Lillia and Reeve falling in love, about Reeve being happy when all he deserves is misery, just like the misery he caused her. Now their childish attempts at revenge are a thing of the past and Mary is out for blood. Will she leave anything in her wake or will all that remain be ashes?

Review:

Holy mother of god, this book was creepy. It took a paranormal turn in the plot and definitely got more exciting. The romance part was meh, didn’t enjoy it as much. The revenge just turned super serious and now two of the three girls are a target too. This book was very fast paced and super action packed. However, it was kind of predictable too.
But the writing was gorgeous and I read it in one sitting and was excited, so it wasn’t really that bad. Also, both the authors have a different style and so you catch on that the book is written by two different people, so that’s kind of cool.
The book in itself was not better than the other two, I think. For me, the first book was the best followed by the second and the third book in a tie.
*le rant begins* I was not satisfied with the ending at all, cause my OTP sunk and it irritated me to death. Ugh. I did get annoyed because of the cover change. Why change the design for the last book in a trilogy? Idiots.
*rant over*

Quotes:

*sorry for the lack of quotes in this one, I didn’t highlight any while reading cause I was on a roll and this one is the only one I found on goodreads*

“Years from now this will be what I remember when I remember my spring break senior year. It will be this moment right here. The smell of chlorine on his skin. The way the sun dips slow into the water before it disappears. The first time I ever told a boy I loved him.”

Rating:

4