Release Day Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

January 13, 2015 Review 0

Release Day Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly BlackThe Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on January 13th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Romantic, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Source: NetGalley
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Discussion of sex, kissing, non-graphic petting.
Reviewed by: Julia
4 Stars

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?

THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST is the perfect update to the fairy tale worlds of childhood.  A little darker, a little sexier, and with heroes and heroines just a half step away from what is expected.  While mainstream media is just now discovering that the princess can sometimes rescue herself, Holly Black is way ahead of them.  Hazel is another in a long line of complex, capable women kicking butt and taking charge of their own destinies.

Gifted siblings, dangerous fae, a sleeping beauty trapped in a glass coffin... but with added twists and turns that breath new life into these tropes.  Hazel and her brother are in love with the same man, the beautiful sleeping prince that needs someone to rescue him.  And when it comes time to slay villains, Ben is the gifted bard entrancing enemies with his music while Hazel picks up the sword and wades into battle.  And their home town is such a great mix of small town claustrophobia and fairy magic that of course the same teens that turn their socks inside out and carry amulets against magic still party in the woods and fall in and out of love.

The best possible mix of YA love and adventure, THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST will beg to be read in one sitting.  A perfect fit for fans of Melissa Marr or Robin McKinley, Holly Black has done it again.

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