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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

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 rather enjoy Holly Black, I need to make a point to read more of her stuff, honestly.

This was really good! As in dark, twisted, fairy tale, with minimal romance, dark humor and a strong female character.

There were fairies, the normal kind, back, tricksy, gift giving (but in a back handed kind of way) and down right steal your kids and kill you evil.

Though this was the second book I have read this week that had parents who didn't seem to give much of a crap about their kids, didn't really feed them, had no idea where they were, and were painters too wrapped up in their art to really be good providers. I saw almost this exact scenario in Between the Spark and the Burn, sequel to Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.

Hazel is a confused, but strong girl who wants to be a knight and her brother Ben is a emotional openly gay musician, the gender roles were WAY reversed in this novel. I liked that there was a non straight love story, and a typical one, though it wasn't the main part of this story in ANY way. The romance was on the back burner.

The twists and turns were really good, between the two different sides of Hazel, all the awesome description of the creatures of fairy and the hidden gems of Fairfold and it's town people I couldn't put this book down and really enjoyed myself.

So I highly suggest if you like Holly Black, or dark fairy tale type stories you pick this book up. Waaaaay better than The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.