so this might look a little different from my usual reviews, but i’m trying something new! i’ll probably stick with this for a while, and hopefully it works out!
the darkest part of the forest by holly black
genre: YA, fantasy, romance
synopsis: Hazel and her brother, Ben, live in Fairfold, where humans and the Folk exist side by side. Tourists drive in to see the lush wonders of Faerie and, most wonderful of all, the horned boy.
Since they were children, Hazel and Ben have been telling each other stories about the boy in the glads coffin, that he is a prince and they are valiant knights, pretending their prince would be different from the other faeries, the ones who make cruel bargains, lurked in the shadows of trees, and doomed tourists. But as Hazel grows up, she puts aside those stories. Hazel knows the horned boy will never wake.
Until one day, he does….
As the world turns upside down, Hazel has to become the knight she once pretended to be. But as she’s swept up in new love, with shifting loyalties and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?
so i’ve been seeing this book at the library FOREVER and i finally decided to pick it up, along with the coldest girl in coldtown (which i’m now really looking forward to reading!). i’m SO glad i decided to read this, because it was pretty amazing, especially compared to all the other books i’ve been reading this year.
there are so many things i loved about this book. the writing style was relatively simple without being overly simplistic. (does that make sense?) it flowed really nicely, which i think is because it wasn’t bogged down with details.
the story itself really pulled me in. it was really hard for my to put down this book, and i ended up finishing it in two sittings! i felt like the end was a little rushed, though. when i was about two-thirds of the way through, there were still a lot of things that were unresolved. i think that this could’ve been solved if the book had just been a little longer. however, the ending wrapped up nicely, and there weren’t any cliffhangers (THANK YOU, HOLLY BLACK).
i also loved the world the story is set in! although the characters live in fairfold, a city where the faeries are all-too-present, holly shows that they’re basically normal. they worry about things like school and the sat, which makes them more relatable, even though they do crazy things like hunting faeries. for once, the main character actually didn’t annoy me. in some ways, hazel just seems like any other teenage girl: she goes to parties and has a crush on a guy who seems like he likes someone else. also, yay for diverse characters! i won’t say who, but you’ll find out i̶f̶ when you read the book. i also loved some of the secondary main characters (especially jack!). the romance was nice, although i wish that there was more buildup.
there are so many twists and secrets in this book, and the story kind of takes you on a roller coaster. i love how all the characters have their own secrets, adding depth to their personalities and identities.
overall, this was an amazing read that i definitely recommend!