Book Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Synopsis:

In the woods is a glass coffin. It rests on the ground, and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives….

Hazel and her brother, Ben, live in Fairfold, where humans and the Folk exist side by side. Since they were children, Hazel and Ben have been telling each other stories about the boy in the glass coffin, that he is a prince and they are valiant knights, pretending their prince would be different from the other faeries, the ones who made 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.

Review:

I am actually confused about my reaction to this book. I finished it because it was good enough that I wanted to continue but now after a few hours have passed, I can’t seem to recollect many remarkable things about it. The writing and descriptions are actually good and these are things that I usually don’t notice. It was also quite interesting to see a different dark side of the Fair Folk because I am used to the handsome warriors from the SJM world. Even though I didn’t really like the characters of Ben and Hazel individually, I really loved their sibling relationship and the bond that they share despite keeping a lot of secrets from each other. I also liked Severin and Jack but felt that I didn’t get enough time to get to know them properly. The romances here are kinda instalove even though “technically” they are not. There are a couple scenes with the monster which are the only ones I think were very well written and I felt invested in. The ending also felt very simple, so I don’t have an overall satisfactory feeling. Probably recommend for anyone who wants to read a simple standalone fantasy novel involving the Fair Folk.

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

7 thoughts on “Book Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

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  1. Hmmm I’ll lower my expectations for this one a bit then 😂! But I loveee the fair folk and their twisted morals and darkness and I don’t see them enough! So I might still pick this up. Great review ❤!

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  2. Great review!! “I finished it because it was good enough that I wanted to continue but now after a few hours have passed, I can’t seem to recollect many remarkable things about it.” That’s EXACTLY how I felt about this book. It was enjoyable, but rather lacking.

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