The Darkest Part Of The Forest
January 1st 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Fantasy / YA
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?
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.
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.
“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.”
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