The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the ForestDate Published: January 13, 2015

Dates Read: 3/13/15-3/16/15

Rating: 5 stars

SynopsisChildren 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?

My Thoughts: The cover of this book is so pretty! I had actually never read anything by Holly Black before this but I had heard nothing but amazing things about her writing. Everything I heard was right. This is an amazing paranormal stand alone book. It has faeries and mystery and romance. All the characters were great and the character dynamic was fantastic. The mystery aspect of the story was done so well. I kind of suspected a few things as the story went along but there were things that I just didn’t expect to happen and I loved that. The world was awesome, having humans and faeries existing in the same town together was interesting. I would highly recommend you check this out if your looking for a good paranormal read.

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