All about Books
This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
This was my first book by Holly Black, and it sat waiting for me to pick it up for a while. It sounded promising, I'm aware of all her previous works on the Fae, and I've read a lot of books with them in. I love how as a child, faeries are the cute things at the bottom of gardens until you grow up and there are so many legends about them being evil. I like reading about that kind.
Ahem. I'm of course completely sane. However, I am completely in love with this cover. The colour scheme is great and it really fits with the title.
And onto the review.
Title: The Darkest Part of the Forest
Author: Holly Black
Part of a trilogy: No, it’s a standalone
Original publication date: 13th January 2015
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (Read September 2017)
I knocked a star off this rating for near the beginning because I thought it was a tad slow in places, and also talked too much about backstories of some of the characters. It was probably all needed in the end, but I think it could have been...spread out more. Or less.
Also most of the adults are really stupid. The older generations have warned the younger one about the Fae and how dangerous they are; they have all of these protections against them- yet when things go wrong, don't come up with any decent plans, and blame anyone they can.
At least Jack's parents stood up for him and Hazel and Ben's cared about their children- even if they got a lot of early stuff wrong, they become better parents. Which is a nice change, since parents in YA books are usually either dead, don't care, or are completely oblivious.
But wow. Once it picked up, I really enjoyed it. There are so many twists and turns I never guessed at, so many different stories of the Fae woven in together, yet it works to make this engaging world that Hazel and Ben have grown up around. The main characters were all so layered and had actual strong characterisation to them. I think I'd maybe like to attend a faery revel in Fairfold- if I thought I'd have a chance at surviving one.
Oh, and the diversity. Different types of sexual orientations, race and origins, in Jack and Severin's cases. And a good dose of real life added too. People get bullied, the men don't 'save' the women, people have actual dreams and career goals, ect. I really enjoyed that.
Overall verdict: Yes, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I've a feeling I'll come back to this again and I'll probably look up Holly Black's other books in the future.
As usual, comment if you've read it, what you thought and if you would recommend more of the author's books to me. I'm looking forward to her new series next year, also about the Fae. Is anyone excited for that also?
All the best. Happy reading.
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