Book Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the Forest

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Author: Holly Black

Release Date: January 13th 2015

Genre: YA

Pages: 324

Publisher: Little, Brown Books

Buy it : Amazon

First Line: 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.

**Let me just talk about this first line for a moment.  Had I read nothing else about this book other than the first line, I would have wanted to read it. There are so many questions that pop up from the first line. Why is there a glass coffin in the woods? Is there something in the coffin? Why is there a path to this glass coffin? Is this a retelling of Snow White?

It is a fantastic first line and really gets the curiosity going!

Synopsis: Hazel and Ben live in a different kind of town. Fairies are real and the people of Fairfold know it and respect the strange creatures. There is a truce between the humans and the fairies and only the tourist should fear the fae.

And then there is the horned boy in the glass coffin. Where the teens hang out at night and the only reason Fairfold has so many tourist. Everyone wonders who this horned boy is and if he will ever wake up.

Hazel considers herself a knight, fighting the fairy folk, trying to save her town. Along with her brother who has been given the gift of music. While he soothes and distracts the fairies with his music, Hazel slashes them down. Or they used to.

Things are different now. No more hunting fairies in the woods and Ben doesn’t play music anymore. But then it all changes when the horned boy is found missing one day. All that is left behind is his broken glass coffin, and the evil from the middle of the forest has awakened with him.

Review: Warning: This may contain spoilers. Should you like to avoid the spoilers scroll down to the conclusion where it is safe. You have been warned This has become my favorite book of this year. I am so in love with this story. It is beautiful, magical, scary, and amazing. It has everything a good book should have. A love story, fighting, action, scary monsters, and a happy ending.

Hazel is this messed up girl. Her childhood wasn’t that great and she has been hiding all kinds of things from her brother. And even being from Fairfold and knowing better than to deal with the fae, she does it anyways. She has promised 7 years of her life just so her brother can go to an art school, and while you think she did it for him, you quickly realize she did it for herself, so that her brother will hunt in the woods with her again. And while she waits, she decides to make no attachment to anyone, kissing every boy that will let her.

Ben is a sap. He is so afraid of his gift, considering it a curse, that he lets his talent slip through broken fingers. Seriously…he broke his own fingers because of what his music could do to people.

And then there is Jack. At first you think he is going to be just another secondary character, when he quickly becomes your favorite. Or rather, he became my favorite. A beautiful changling living among the humans, in love with Hazel, though she doesn’t know. And he doesn’t know that she has feelings for him. And then they find out that they like each other and they fall together like puzzle pieces. It was fantastic and made my nerd girl heart flutter with hopes of a beautiful romance. And I get my beautiful romance. Two broken people, finding they are stronger together. Someone stop my heart before it kills me!

This book has been one of the best reads of the year. The cover is beautiful and simple, which I absolutely love. I am loving how simple these covers have become in recent years, it reminds me of why I picked up Twilight all those years ago. I guess I have always been drawn in by simple and elegant covers.

The story is just as beautiful. In the end, it’s about a girl finding her own power to face her mistakes instead of hiding them away, a boy finding the power to face a gift that was given to him, and a fairy boy finding the power to be human a little bit longer. They all find a way to face the most challenging parts of their life. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and makes me want to be a stronger person myself.



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