Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest

Posted January 21, 2016 in 5 Star Ratings, Book Reviews / Leave a comment!

 Review: The Darkest Part of the ForestThe Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Published by Little Brown
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Faeries
5 Stars
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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 like this cover. It fits well with the book. Also bonus points for not featuring a girl in a pretty dress.

Initial Thoughts

I really had no expectations going into this book. I had read a few Holly Black books previously but this one was a newish release so I knew that it would be different. I could even tell from the summary that it would be a very unique book.

My New BFF

I’m not really sure why I picked Ben. I think I just felt more connected to him throughout the story. We’re kind of similar since we’re both musical but I just found him to be less intense than the other characters. I also really liked that he was an openly gay male character but there wasn’t any stereotypes associated with him. There wasn’t even any judgement from the other characters. I liked how he wasn’t the typical “gay guy” who is over dramatic and loud. Ben was a little soft spoken and he wanted his fairy tale ending just as bad as any other character.

My Crush

I fell in love with jack almost right away, He seemed so chill all the time and I love how he didn’t care too much that he didn’t fit in. He’s very different (I don’t want to ruin why) but he still chooses to side with his friends. I found him very courageous and loyal. I also sort of had a crush on the horned prince. Only sort of though because I found his character wasn’t very well developed. We don’t actually find out much about him so that was my only disappointment.

Writing Style

I really love Holly Black’s writing style though not everyone will agree with me. It’s very different but that’s why I like it. This book kind of reminded me of a Brother’s Grimm story. It has all these fairy tale like qualities while still being very creepy and not always sunshine and rainbows. Her writing was almost elegant sometimes and she hit you with so many different emotions it was crazy. I found she was great at creating the perfect world (or worlds) for this story and the characters were all very realistic. They each had some great qualities but their flaws were obvious as well.

Closing Thoughts

I kind of wish that this would become a series but it’s nice seeing a paranormal standalone every once and a while. I’m eager to see what else she comes up with though and I’ll be adding her to my favourite authors. Seriously, if you haven’t read anything by her and you love creepy paranormal books with a hint of fairy tales, then I suggest you try this book! Even if you just like paranormal books, pick up anything by Holly Black!

5  out of 5 stars

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3 responses to “Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest

  1. I’ve recently added this book to my TBR, because I want to read more paranormal and I’ve heard great things about Holly Black. I’m so happy to hear you liked this book, and I hope I’ll enjoy this different writing style. And YES for this book being a standalone, haha! Great review 🙂

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