The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black


The Darkest Part of the Forest
Title : The Darkest Part of the Forest
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ISBN : 0316213071
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336

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 Reviews


  • Kat O&

    After finishing this, I feel I can declare that Holly Black is fantastic at writing paranormal standalones She crafts an awesome world, fills it with strong characters, and then ties it all together with an engaging story that doesn t rely on sequels to be satisfying I love Holly Black s writing style and the way she weaves snippets from the past into the present storyline to create tension And I LOVE the juxtaposition of otherworldly fantasy elements and modern life there s a boy with After finishing this, I feel I can declare that Holly Black is fantastic at writing paranormal standalones She crafts an awesome world, fills it with strong characters, and then ties it all together with an engaging story that doesn t rely on sequels to be satisfying I love Holly Black s writing style and the way she weaves snippets from the past into the present storyline to create tension And I LOVE the juxtaposition of otherworldly fantasy elements and modern life there s a boy with pointed ears and curved horns sleeping in a glass coffin, so of course tourists flock to this town to take selfies with him.The beginning was a little slow as we get introduced to this world and the characters, but then the pace really picks up and it s just one thrilling scene after another And I wasn t expecting the creepiness I wouldn t say it s a scary book, but there is definitely a creep factor that kept me on edge at times Another thing I really enjoyed was all the relationship dynamics romance, friendships, sibling family relationships Lots of great ties between the characters.While I didn t love this one quite as much as I loved The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, I did still thoroughly enjoy it and would recommend it to anyone who liked Holly s previous books, anyone looking for a solid paranormal standalone, or anyone who enjoys faerie lore I m not even a huge fan of faerie lore, but I still loved this world Actually, this book has me questioning my non love of faerie lore

  • softlykaz

    I feel like my life is just a constant cycle of finally getting past the book I was obsessing about and then immediately finding another book to obsess aboutMy heart is growing a lot and I want to cover this story and these characters in it This book made me want to lie down on the forest floor for a moment or two and just breathe in and out and in and out, letting nature wash over me with dirt in my hair and dew on my skin while the sun slowly slips into the sky and the morning is slowly borni I feel like my life is just a constant cycle of finally getting past the book I was obsessing about and then immediately finding another book to obsess aboutMy heart is growing a lot and I want to cover this story and these characters in it This book made me want to lie down on the forest floor for a moment or two and just breathe in and out and in and out, letting nature wash over me with dirt in my hair and dew on my skin while the sun slowly slips into the sky and the morning is slowly borning all around me.I m honestly a total fucking mess over this book but like, a glittery, light pink, soft mess And I seriously wish it didn t have to end I need at least five books starring these characters so what is this book about 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.The Darkest Part of The Forest is a standalone urban fantasy about two siblings Hazel Ben, who live in a weird small town that borders a kingdom of fae and elves and all kinds of mythical creatures And in the woods, there is a glass coffin and in it sleeps a horned beautiful elf prince.Hazel Ben a forest fire and a gentle breeze, having too much earth and freedom in their hearts spent their childhood walking on the wild side, chasing cryptids and bad ideas Hazel with a sword and Ben with hypnotizing music That is, when they re not lying on the glass coffin, making up stories about the horned boy who s asleep beneath..until the boy disappears overnight.This book has such winter vibes to it, the equivalent of waking up in the middle of the crispy night and looking out the window and there s snow on the ground and the sky is kind of light colored and it looks foggy and misplaced and kind of eerie but also comforting And I honestly cannot believe there was ever a time when I didn t have immediate access to this story Actually, I ve decided I m completely disenchanted with the human experience and I d like to retreat into this book THE CHARACTERS One of the many things I loved about this book is the diversity There are main characters of color and main queer characters whose storyline does not necessarily involve around their sexuality and I was so there for it Also, this is basically a gay fairytale where the BOY GETS THE PRINCE and if that does not make you want to read this book asap, I don t know what will SEVERIN We love until we do not F or us, love doesn t fade gradually It snaps like a branch bent too far. Don t believe any boy who says I m not like other guys unless he has curving horns, glowing green eyes and has been asleep in a glass coffin for generations And only if he also happens to be an elf prince.Severin is the kind of character who would break a poet s heart and they ll write poems about him forever and he will be on their wiki page as a mysterious, possibly villified figure Everything about him is so iconic, from his glass coffin to the fact that he s a deadly elf prince but also just a goofy boy who spins in a swivel chair wearing his boyfriend s sweater in his boyfriend s room Anyway I love Severin so much and I would actually like to be him So I would really appreciate it if someone would make arrangements to sponsor my retreat into a desolate wilderness environment and my loved ones could onlyundergo the trek to come visit me exactly once a year on the winter solstice Thanks HAZEL Once, there was a girl who vowed she would save everyone in the world, but forgot herself. I wish a knight in shining armor would come and sweep me off my feet and by knight in shining armor I mean Hazel.Hazel unwittingly lives a double life Day Hazel is an ordinary high school student who kisses too many boys to fill her empty Night Hazel is the trusted and cunning knight whispering intrigues and rumors into the ear of the Alderking who then listens and adapts his court strategy to fit her given information And one of them doesn t know the other one exists.I really love confident female characters and how they beam lighthouse just from arriving those who are so inherently inspiring I am forever proud of the characters who go from being fragile and incertain to confident and strong Hazel has assigned herself the role of the knight in the story of her life She s the one who forges the sword, charges into the woods and does the saving and I literally love her so much BENJAMIN I need to stop fantasizing about running away to some other life and start figuring out the one I have.

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)

    This was such a satisfying read I started this not knowing pretty much anything about the book and I m so glad I didn t read into the synopsis It was such a fun and enjoyable read.

  • Lola  Reviewer

    Down a path worn into the woods, past a stream and a hollowed out log full of pill bugs and termites, was a glass of coffin It rested right on the ground and in it slept a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives Holly Black has written a considerable amount of books, but this is the first novel by her that I have read Not that I was not interested in the others I am simply always too excited by new releases While wondering what great reads 2015 would bring us, I found thi Down a path worn into the woods, past a stream and a hollowed out log full of pill bugs and termites, was a glass of coffin It rested right on the ground and in it slept a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives Holly Black has written a considerable amount of books, but this is the first novel by her that I have read Not that I was not interested in the others I am simply always too excited by new releases While wondering what great reads 2015 would bring us, I found this and immediately felt pulled toward it.The book started with a fairytale like atmosphere I thought the storytelling was delightful and only wished to read and Admittedly, it is, along with the world building, what held my interest at first, really, for the main character did not manifest the type of personality I generally enjoy reading about We had very little in common For instance, she attended parties, kissed boy after boy and that with no real remorse or noticeable emotions after breaking their heart Townsfolk knew to fear the monster coiled in the heart of the forest, who lured tourists with a cry that sounded like a woman weeping Its fingers were sticks, its hair moss It fed on sorrow and sowed corruption You could lure it out with a singsong chant After, halfway through my read, I noticed a change in the ambience Creepiness showed itself in the plot, through new characters and along with the turn of events the prince had awoken and the city of Fairlord crept with wariness It is since that moment that the plot upped in strangeness and originality I have no clue why it is the author chose to withhold the prince s arisen for so long Perhaps to possess than enough time to include memories and solid background for our two main characters, Hazel and Ben It was a wise thing to do, since it did make me understand both of their actions especially Ben whose tendency to go on date after date was worth questioning myself on what had unclenched it but the limit was exceeded a little It dragged Sometimes Ben told stories about how he would free the prince, with three magic words words he d never say out loud in front of Hazel And in those stories, the prince was always villainous Ben had to stop him before he destroyed Fairfold and Ben did, through the power of love I had no idea there was going to be a gay main character in this standalone It is not shelved as LGBT but it should be, because it was an important part of the story It may not have been a theme that shaded the importance of the others, but a theme nonetheless I must say that, having read quite a few LGBT books and M M romances in the past, I was not one hundred percent convinced regarding the two gay character s Ben to discover love for each other, especially Ben s It very much felt like insta love even though they technically knew each other for a long long time But I must admit that it mostly was due to Ben s easiness at falling in love that kept me from swoon writhingly shipping the couple Their shyness toward one another was sweet, but nothing Still, I am, most of the time, cheery when LGBT is included in a story, so I m glad it was Surely, Holly Black could come to master the genre, if only she would explore it in detail.While it did not impress me in any way, it was still an interesting enough and remotely mystical read, filled with fairies and magic And in which the strong bond a brother and sister can share was present and beautiful I just remembered having read one of hers in the past The Iron Trial, a book she has co written with Cassandra Clare Yet, somehow, it slipped off my mind when writing the review

  • Emily May

    Oh book, you make it so difficult to rate you.The thing about Holly Black is that she writes in very different styles Before I read White Cat, I tried the first of her Faerie books Tithe really didn t get into it , and her Spiderwick Chronicles cute kids books but not really my thing Then I discovered the Curse Workers trilogy and holy shit awesomeness it was great I liked the characters, the plot, and the twists so much good The Darkest Part of the Forest feels closer to her earli Oh book, you make it so difficult to rate you.The thing about Holly Black is that she writes in very different styles Before I read White Cat, I tried the first of her Faerie books Tithe really didn t get into it , and her Spiderwick Chronicles cute kids books but not really my thing Then I discovered the Curse Workers trilogy and holy shit awesomeness it was great I liked the characters, the plot, and the twists so much good The Darkest Part of the Forest feels closer to her earlier works There s something about her writing here that doesn t agree with me that takes a premise that I was desperate to fall in love with and makes it so very not compelling I m going to try and explain what it is the best I can, because when you strip this book down to what it plainly is, it should totally be my thing It just isn t.What is this book It s a dark, creepy fairy tale I know what you re thinking YEEESSSSS I was too It s about people who make deals with Fae folk and have to pay the price it s about beautiful Fae princes who awaken after hundreds of years and wreak havoc it s about the secrets that hide in the darkest part of the woods Oh god aren t you just desperate to get a load of that If someone said those words to me about a book, I would be preordering it within an instant But this book had a couple of intriguing first chapters with an interesting protagonist and promises of creepy, dark goodness, and then it became so difficult to read on It felt like an effort to make myself pick the book back up I m not even sure if it is the writing itself that makes the plot so not compelling Or if the plot sounds good but fails in the execution All I know is that I never came to care what was going to happen We were told that the situation was dire, but I never got a sense of that The setting and language was creepy and atmospheric, but the main story wasn t In fact, it seemed pretty juvenile.I would almost describe this as a Spiderwick Chronicles for older teens A brother and sister must tackle the world of the Fae folk a world that constantly introduces us to an assortment of creatures that I cannot even recall right now Occasionally, we got really cool passages like this He couldn t have understood what it felt like to dance until the force of his steps seemed to crack open the earth itself, to be among creatures who had never been human and could never be human, to be one of them And Ben couldn t have known the shame that Jack felt after, when, sweat cooling on his skin, he promised himself that when they came for him the next time, he wouldn t go.A promise that he d never keep But the story just wasn t doing it for me Plus, it was peppered with flashbacks that distracted me from the main issue at hand and didn t really add anything most of them, anyway This was one of my most highly anticipated releases so disappointing.Blog Leafmarks Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr

  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    They were in love with him because he was a prince and a faerie and magical and you were supposed to love princes and faeries and magic people This LINE It resonated so much with me when I read the book It describes my love for faeries in the best possible way and I can t thank Holly Black enough for writing it down I think this is going to be one of my favourite quotes ever XDAnd I m convinced Holly Black and I will have a very long and prosperous relationship in the future If all he They were in love with him because he was a prince and a faerie and magical and you were supposed to love princes and faeries and magic people This LINE It resonated so much with me when I read the book It describes my love for faeries in the best possible way and I can t thank Holly Black enough for writing it down I think this is going to be one of my favourite quotes ever XDAnd I m convinced Holly Black and I will have a very long and prosperous relationship in the future If all her books are at least as good as this one, I ll give her all my money without even thinking about it lol This wasn t only exactly what I needed but also everything I ever wanted HELL It was what I craved for all my life I m no fan of nice faeries, I want them to be heartless, seductive, brutal and dangerous For me it s no Tinker Bell Nope shakes head I want the real deal and how they are described in the myths and legends And boy, did Holly Black deliver So deliciously that I can t help but sigh whenever I think about the book lol I mean she even pulled off the rhymes 333 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 The way she executed everything was just amazing to read The plot An entire town which is living in coexistence with the fair folk CHECK Cruel, cunning faeries that twist your every word CHECK Mysterious happenings CHECK A magical fairy tale with a bisexual gifted red head, a strong heroine, a gorgeous and cheeky changeling and a seductive sleeping faerie prince who lies in a glass coffin and causes trouble by waking up CHECK CHECK CHECK CHECK IT WAS SO FREAKING MARVELLOUS Do I have to say No Then let s go to my favourite part The character s section PThe characters If you don t want to be spoiled you have to stop now, because this is the part where I quote the book and talk about the characters and their development So yeah, lots of spoilers in your near vicinity You better tread carefully or you heed my warning and leave now It s up to you P Hazel The trick was not to let herself think about it too much Anything that stopped her from thinking would do Anything that kept her from pressing her hand against her chest to feel the thudding of her own heart and know that each beat was another moment lost I really liked that girl She s so kick ass and amazing I mean she s turning into a faerie knight in the night and at day she s just a normal girl How awesome is that Since the Alderking always took her memories she doesn t remember anything of it though, which really sucks if you ask me But then again she s an honest and righteous girl who only wants the best for her people and to say to be one of the Alderking s knight s doesn t fit with her believes as daylight Hazel would certainly be putting it than just lightly Still, I loved that she always wanted to do the right thing and I hated to see her suffer so much Despite all her bravado she was just a human girl and it made me so sad when her brother finally realised that too _ It was too much But there was no one else, so it couldn t be too much It had to be exactly enough It had to be what she could handle, and she had to handle it Once, there was a girl who vowed she would save everyone in the world, but forgot herself Jack He d regretted not riding alongside them ever since they d come on the first full moon night When he refused them a second time, it nearly broke his heart The third time he was helpless to resist the call He went, and after, he feared he could not summon up the strength to resist them again Oh what a precious bae This poor boy really didn t have it easy I mean everyone in Fairfold knew he s a changeling and to deal with that on a daily basis must have been so damn exhausting I could understand his urge to be with his people and to escape his human life and I could also relate to him wanting to live that life nevertheless Jack was living in both worlds and it was obvious that it tore him apart, especially when the people of his town began to blame him for everything that happened To fight not only against the prejudices of the people in Fairfold BUT also against those of the Fair Folk hurt him than he cared to admit and I really hope that he ll get his human life at the side of Hazel Heaven knows he deserves it lol Your mom and I had a long talk about this last night, he said As far as we re concerned, the whole town can burn what we care about is you Let me have this time being human, he said Over and over you tell me that I will never be mortal, that the span of one human life is so short as to mean nothing Fine, then let me have my human life Let all the mortals I love die and blow away to dust Let me have Nia for a mother and Charles for a father and Carter for my brother Let me be Jack Gordon, and when I am done, when all is dust and ashes, I will return to you and learn how to be your son Benjamin I can t change his nature, but I can give him the gift of our music He will play music so sweet that no one will be able to think of anything else when they hear it, music that contains the magic of faerie It will weight on him and it will change him and it will make him an artist, no matter what else he desires Every child needs a tragedy to become truly interesting My heart bled so much for Ben What a burden to be so gifted but to be unable to understand it To fight yourself each and every second of your life, because you have a power that scares you and is so unnatural that no one else is able to help you to deal with it When I read about him breaking his hand on purpose I didn t just wince but also almost physically ached My poor musicians heart You can kill people in books and I ll cry you a river but hurt a musicians hands or his instrument and I m completely devastated The artist in me just can t handle it _ I felt Ben s pain like it was my own and boy, did it hurt Please Holly whatever you do, don t hurt musician s in your fairy tales Such scenes make me feel completely out of my depth lol Gifted, when he played a tune on a xylophone that made their babysitter weep Gifted, his sister called him, when he charmed faeries in the woods and saved her life And doomed it, too, maybe But what he could do scared him He couldn t control it It has to stop, he said I ve got to stop Somebody has to stop me We love until we do not For us, love doesn t fade gradually It snaps like a branch bent too far To Ben, love was the flame in which he wanted to be reborn He wanted to be remade by it.Severin He was crushingly, heart stoppingly beautiful Severin sighs I loved that faerie boy to bits and pieces Despite his rather tense situation he was still so playful and fun and I found myself enjoying every single moment he was mentioned XD The story of how he ended up in the glass coffin was such a typical fairy tale and I relished every second of it lol I really wish I could say about Severin but writing this review I realised that we actually didn t get to see a lot of him Even though he was the centre of the story, he actually didn t appear all too much in it, which is kind of funny but also so damn sad because I really would have loved to get to know him better _ I had no idea how long a single day could be I didn t know that the span of a single mortal life would seem interminable as I lay unmoving in that case I didn t know Benjamin, Severin said, his voice dropping low His face was inhumanly beautiful, his eyes as cold as the sky above the clouds, where the atmosphere is too thin to breathe I have heard every word you ve ever said to me Every honeyed, silver tongued word The relationships ships Hazel Jack So what do I wear His eyes lit with wickedness For the first time that day, something had amused him Anything you like or nothing at all The chemistry between those two was so damn nice Haha I loved it when Jack showed his cheeky side and since Hazel is so badass she always knew how to handle him XD Even if she didn t and got slightly insecure lol I think the revel they went to was one of the coolest things I ever read and I really want to go to one myself I love the way they interacted with each other and I definitely ship them, I m just really worried about how this is going to end I mean yeah the book ended but we know that Hazel isn t immortal and Jack is So urgh I can imagine their future and it s already breaking my heart _ My life has always been a powder keg waiting for a match Well, hello, match, Hazel said, pointing to herself with both thumbs, but she smiled as she did it, hoping to take the sting out of the words. She hadn t known how solid he d feel She couldn t have guessed how he d run his hand over her back, lazily, as if he didn t know how to stop touching her, or how she d shiver when he did Hazel Ben Hazel never cried She was forged from iron she never broke No one was tougher than his sister The worst part was how quietly she wept, as if she d taught herself how, as if she was so used to doing it that it had just become the way she cried I loved the way the relationship of those two siblings was portrayed It was so damn realistic and it was obvious that they were really close They both tried to protect each other but in the end they eventually had to realise that they made a huge mistake by keeping their secrets to themselves The most beautiful thing about them however, was that they trusted each other blindly They both knew they had secrets from each other but that didn t change anything about their trust and bond And this, my goodreads friends, is so very rare and lovely 3 You and your sister are very dear to each other To show your regard, you give each other lovely bouquets of lies She leaned across the bed and hugged him with all the strength in her limbs, hugged him until her bones ached But no matter how hard she hugged him, she knew it would never be enough Ben Severin What do you think you re doing, grabbing her like that Severin slid a little closer, moving as lightly as a dancer Oh, you mean instead of grabbing you HA I shipped them from the very first moment they spoke with each other lol Those two were just too much fun to watch, Severin my poor broken and sentimental faerie prince and Ben my precious bean that was so insecure and damaged I adored how they got closer and began to trust each other and if there is one thing I didn t like about this book, then it certainly was the fact that they didn t get as much room as I wanted them to XD I know it was necessary for the storyline, but damn, I d have loved to read scenes with both of them I love you, Severin said, looking up, looking at nothing at all, his face exultant I love you 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 All told The Darkest Part of the Forest was a wonderful fairy tale that kept me reading even though I was supposed to stop I severely suffered from the Just one chapter illnesss and I enjoyed it so much that I can genuinely recommend it to everyone who likes dark faeries and a little bit of mystery You won t regret it

  • Lia Bonnibel

    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. First time reading Holly Black and I m not disappointed.I was a bit skeptical at first because I heard her writing is similar to Cassandra Clare s, who I m not really a fan of, but I m glad to say the rumors were only and exactly rumors, and that Holly Black could give 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. First time reading Holly Black and I m not disappointed.I was a bit skeptical at first because I heard her writing is similar to Cassandra Clare s, who I m not really a fan of, but I m glad to say the rumors were only and exactly rumors, and that Holly Black could give not only CC but a lot of authors a run for their money And not only for what it concerns her writing style, but for the originality, too This book is so wonderful and magical, it filled my heart with joy and hope and wonder I don t know how to explain it better, but it was like reading in colors I m not really familiar with fairies and their legends, but I couldn t have chosen a better story to start from Everything from the writing and the characterization of the various characters made me feel like I was not just reading this book, but being part of it, as well I love Hazel and Ben Evans, they taught me so much in less than 300 pages One with their music and the other with their courage, they made my heart skip beats Their loyalty to one another is admirable, something most people would kill to achieve and that not everybody can have during an entire lifetime.I also loved how their roles weren t stereotyped and, for one, it s the girl who kicks ass and saves the day, and the guy just let s her be because that s how it works in here.Loved the romance, too I mean, yeah, it was pretty cheesy Severin, I m looking at you, you old sap , but it was so cute I almost didn t notice the heavy postcard like romance And don t even let me start on how much I adore Jack Gordon Holy Changeling, that boy deserves all the love a reader is capable of giving I ll definitely give HB another try, mostly as a confirmation and especially because this novel gave me the chance to finally get introduced to the magical and dangerous world of Fairy Folk, and now I happily have another thing to obsess over AhemAnyway, I m so glad I decided to read this book I feel like I ll be thinking about it for the next 300 years.Bless you, Holly Black

  • Melanie

    Once, there was a girl who vowed she would save everyone in the world, but forgot herself This was such a whimsical and beautiful story about a sleepy little down named Fairfold, who has a pact with all the faeries that if the fae leave them alone, all the tourists are free game But why would tourists want to visit this little town nestled in the forest Oh, because a handsome horned fae boy is asleep in an unbreakable glass casket Some visit because they do not believe in magic, some come Once, there was a girl who vowed she would save everyone in the world, but forgot herself This was such a whimsical and beautiful story about a sleepy little down named Fairfold, who has a pact with all the faeries that if the fae leave them alone, all the tourists are free game But why would tourists want to visit this little town nestled in the forest Oh, because a handsome horned fae boy is asleep in an unbreakable glass casket Some visit because they do not believe in magic, some come because they do Regardless of their beliefs or opinions, the tourists come The main character, Hazel, is a brave girl who tries to fight the evil fae with her brother After a close scare, she makes a deal with the fae king of the forest for her brother to have his wish come true view spoiler Her brother was blessed by a nice fae when he was young He has a magical gift for music, but no means to hone that gift at a school far away from Fairfold Hazel s deal allows him to go to music school on a full scholarship hide spoiler She only had to trade seven years of her life that the king decides to take while she is asleep So every night, Hazel does the king s bidding and wakes up in the morning, in her own bed, with no recollection on the night s events Hazel is none the wiser, until the handsome horned fae boy is finally broken free of this glass casket One thing that kept sticking out to me was that there is a lot of duos in this book For starters, it seems like each family has two children Hazel Ben, Jack Carter, Severin Sorrel There are two side by side romances going on throughout the book one f m, one m m Both are wonderful, and leave you wanting Then a main story line is all about two powerful swords Lastly, we are also given night Hazel verses day Hazel There is lots of coupling and pairs throughout this impactful little story We love until we do not For us, love doesn t fade gradually It snaps like a branch bent too far I can t say too much without giving away some amazing twists and turns, but this was such a good read This is exactly the kind of fantasy book I like to read This spoke to my heart and soul, and I enjoyed it immensely Holly Black is such a wonderful writer, and her art of threading words together that will make you feel everything under the sun, is untouchable I have loved and devoured everything she s ever written, and The Darkest Part of the Forest was no exception 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 was also lucky enough to get this signed from BN when it was first released this year Blog Twitter Tumblr Instagram Youtube Twitch

  • may ➹

    I thought there would be gay fae and I am sever in ely disappointed that there wasn t3.5 stars, RTC

  • C.G. Drews

    This book.OH, SWEET FAIRY BREAD, THIS BOOK WAS BEYOND FANTASTICALLY AMAZING I expected to like it after reading The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and White Cat which have quickly risen to my favourite books category But adore it this much It was so beautiful, so powerful, so intriguing and fantastical and dark and bloody thatI just loved it It s a magical story about Hazel and her brother, Ben, and their love for a horned boy cursed to sleep in a glass coffin My words silly useless words This book.OH, SWEET FAIRY BREAD, THIS BOOK WAS BEYOND FANTASTICALLY AMAZING I expected to like it after reading The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and White Cat which have quickly risen to my favourite books category But adore it this much It was so beautiful, so powerful, so intriguing and fantastical and dark and bloody thatI just loved it It s a magical story about Hazel and her brother, Ben, and their love for a horned boy cursed to sleep in a glass coffin My words silly useless words I m trying to string together, here, pfft do not convey how awesome this is They live in Fairfold, which is absolutely embroiled in fairies It s a tourist attraction but the locals know the fairies are real There s mischief There s unexplainable phenomenon like the horned boy People die Just your average day in Fairfold.I absolutely adored Hazel She s brave and unbeatable and really has no concept of defeat She seemed almost Peter Panish to meshe was in the process of growing up, but was still entirely in love with her magical childhood She slayed monsters with her brother who has a magical curse gift for music Normal stuff, you know Ben was equally wonderful and even got a few chapters in his POV He s older, but quiet, easily trodden on He and Hazel used to be thick as thieves butTHINGS GO DOWN Of which I will not say Mwah ha ha An interestin gthing about Hazel s name, though is view spoiler how Hazel means in between and I think that actually summed her up SO WELL she s in between knowing who she is She s in between being normal and being a fairy assassin hide spoiler.Equally important are Jack and Carterand Jack is a changeling Because every family, when their child gets kidnapped by fairies, will demand their real child back AND keep the changeling They play a hugely important part Of coursethe horned boy was just wrapped in delicious magical mystery I have to admit, though, I loved him a lot when he was sleeping I expected something HUGE from him and I felt his personality reveal was a bit of a let down.GAH I honestly am struggling with this review SO MUCH I just want to afkdslaf all over the place But you need reasons, right Yus You need convincing AND I SHALL CONVINCE YOU If the characters aren t gorgeous enoughthe writing is beautiful At 30% in on my kindle ARC I suddenly stopped and realised I loved this book so much it hurt If I could write half as beautifully as this, I would die fabulous I was absolutely caught up in the magic and creamy spot on description and murderous turn of events Sure it s a magical story But it s dark It s called The DARKEST Part of the Forest for a reason, my wee changelings It has a bit of a bittersweet ending and I m half sorry it s a standalone Don t get me wrong, I love standalonesbutI could read an entire series of this town of Fairfold and Hazel, Ben, and Jack with ease They all broke my heart a little Which means it s a good book and YOU definitely need your heart a stabbed a little with fairy swords so GO GO TRY THIS MAGNIFICENT CREATION NOTABLE QUOTES OF AWESOME Come now, my child, if we were planning to harm you, do you think we d be lurking here beside the path in the very darkest part of the forest Kenneth Patchen So, just another dull night in Fairfold, where everyone s a lunatic or an elf There s a monster in our woodShe ll get you if you re not goodDrag you under leaves and sticksPunish you for all your tricksA nest of hair and gnawed boneYou are never, ever cominghome He was every bit as monstrously beautiful as he d been You could drown in beauty like that It was disorientating to stumble along, aware that he might be taking her somewhere to kill her and at the same time, confusingly, embarrassed that he was going to kill her while she was wearing pajamas and wellies If she d known she was going to die at his hand, she would have dressed up I am no hob or hearth spirit, to be obligated by gifts We weren t trying to obligate you, she said We were trying to be nice The horned boy bowed his head slightly, a thin smile on his face that she thought might be self disgust You may call me Severin, he said Now we are both nice Once normal had been a heavy, smothering blanket she feared being trapped beneath But now normal felt fragile, as though she could unravel it just by teasing a single string Hazel being to list what she knew She liked lists They were comfortingly straightforward, even when they were full of crazy stuff, like WARNINGS SEVEN YEARS TO PAY YOUR DEBTS MUCH TO LATE FOR REGRETS AINSEL name of faerie enchanting me The weird story about the farmer tricking the boggart.MOON OVERHEAD BETTER GO STRAIGHT TO BED Lords and ladies who walk unseen, lords and ladies all in green, three times I stamp upon the earth, let me in, green hill that gave me birth Jack Is that what she calls him Jack of what Jack of Hearts Jack of Diamonds Jack of Weeping Jack of Woe I don t bother with all that fancy stuff I just go by Jack, these days, he said How do we start Hazel said.He looked down at her, lashes dusting his cheek when he blinked Anyway you like We could hang out after school We could write each other long letters You could send me on some kind of quest to win your favour Oh no, she said, smiling at last, because he was her friend Jack, who had ridiculous cheekbones and ridiculous ideas If anyone is going on a quest, it s going to be me Jack grinned Well fine, then I could send you out to win my favour Possibly on a quest involving bringing a large mug of coffee and a doughnut Or the wholesale slaughter of all my enemies I haven t decided which



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