Thursday, August 27, 2015

book re·view : The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black


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?


So, I'am not completely sure as to why I decided to write a review for this book, it’s been a few months since I read it, and I gave it a 4 star rating and I remember why it didn’t get 5, but that is about it. So give me a sec to go to the book and remember.. Oh! now I remember, this was beautiful!

This is part of one of my favorite kinds of books, fantasy with a dash of fairy tale in it. That with Black’s writing style, just made it an beautiful read. I also love the melding of the regular world with fantasy, I feel like it makes the immersion in the story so much more enjoyable.

I saw Hazels twists coming since the beginning, but I didn’t really mind, what i really enjoyed is how we got there, I knock done star because the switching of point of views got really tiring, specially because it wasn’t balanced between characters.

I just loved the characters and their voice, it’s creepy and lovely, reminded me a lot of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, so good. 

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