4 June 2020

Review - The Darkest Part of the Forest

The Darkest Part of the Forest
by Holly Black

What they say: Near the little town of Fairfold, in the darkest part of the forest, lies a glass casket. Inside the casket lies a sleeping faerie prince that none can rouse. He's the most fascinating thing Hazel and her brother Ben have ever seen. They dream of waking him - but what happens when dreams come true? In the darkest part of the forest, you must be careful what you wish for...

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What I say: The concept is very clever. There are some Snow White sleeping in a coffin elements, with a twist. What I always enjoy about Holly Black's books is the world building and how the fae are not fluffy fairy tale creatures but far darker! 

For the most part, I liked Hazel as a character although would have liked more character development. I wasn't a big fan of all the random kissing. It was also nice the way things developed with Severin. I was glad we didn't get the usual girl ends up with the prince plot...

We are treated to changelings and fairy legends as well as the usual coming of age teen drama. The sections about Hazel's and Ben's forgetful and neglectful parents were hard to read but worked well in juxtaposition to the fairy world.

I'm a big fan of Holly Black's books and while I did enjoy The Darkest Part of the Forest, it wasn't my favourite of her stories! The writing has the usual HB description and detail but, and I'm surprised to be writing this, the plot isn't as compelling as I was expecting. I read another review, describing the plot as fragmented, which I sort of agree with. That being said I did like the story, I just wanted a little more. Perhaps I'm just greedy. 

3.5 Stars in my Sky!


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