Book Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

darkest part of the forestGenre: Fantasy

First Released: Jan 2015

Part of a Series? Nope! Crikey! You have stumbled upon a rare creature in the world of YA Literature known as….The Standalone novel. Approach carefully, she’s a wee bit shy.

Brief Synopsis “Hazel and her brother, Ben, live in Fairfold, where humans and the Folk exist side by side. Tourists drive in to see the lush wonders of Faerie and, most wonderful of all, the horned boy. But visitors fail to see the danger.” (Amazon)

Where can I find it in the library?

This will be on the second floor of the library in the Vortex.

Call Number: YA F BLACK


I LOVE THIS BOOK. It’s engaging, the writing is great, and the book has dynamic characters. It’s nice to see a sibling duo that is not constantly at odds with one another. They fight as most sibling-like manner, but you can tell they don’t really mean it.

My favorite part is that this book focuses on different types of fae you normally don’t get to read about. It’s refreshing! How often is it do you pick up a novel and one of the main characters is a changeling? Answer: NOT VERY.

Darkest Part of the Forest does have some spooky moments but as I had mentioned in my Anna Dressed in Blood review, I’m a chicken. I wasn’t overly distressed, but I did make sure I read with the lights on and not right before bed (which of course I always end up doing anyway. Who needs sleep? SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK).

So if you want a fantasy novel but you’re sick of witches, angels, zombies, vampires, or whatever else is popular at the moment, give Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest a try. You won’t regret it.

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