Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Book Review - The Darkest Part of The Forest by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of The Forest
-Holly Black

4 Stars

Holly Black is back to her faerie roots, bringing us the best thing she's written since the Modern Faerie Tale series.  This stand-alone YA novel is dark and gritty, written like only Black can do. But it is also magical and whimsical and every thing you can ask for in a faerie tale.  I found myself smiling throughout the book, remembering what it was like to be a child, running in the woods and blurring the lines between reality and make-believe.

"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."

 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…