Friday, 30 January 2015

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

Title: The Darkest Part of the Forest
Author: Holly Black
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Genre: Fantasy
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Indigo
Publication Date: 5th February 2015
Rating: 3 stars

Tell Me About It
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?
My Thoughts
Fairfold is a mystical place that has very close ties with magical community. However an agreement has been made that the people of Fairfold aren't to be bothered by the faeries, but tourists are fair game, if you act like a tourist then you are fair game too. The Darkest Part of the Forest is the story of Hazel and Ben, siblings who have a unique insight into the magical community, and when the Horned boy has been awoken, these siblings must find out who woke him, why, and what they can do to stop the Alderking.

The Darkest Part of the Forest is possibly the hardest review I have had to write so far this year, and even now I am still in two minds over what I really thought of the book itself.
The idea behind the story itself was interesting with twist and turns that I did not expect, however there were some parts that I lost focus in what was really going on, and on several occasions even debated putting this down as a did not finish. I found it hard to actually become invested in the story, the characters, and the overall outcome, and it wasn't till about 75% into the book that I really found myself engrossed with what was happening. Once I did become invested I really enjoyed what I read, it just took to long to get there.

Final Verdict
Overall an OK read, some moments seemed to go on for too long, and took forever to get to the good parts.

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