FOUR stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Author: Holly Black
Let me start by saying I am in love with this book cover! It has perfectly blended the beauty of nature and the dark, ominous dangers that lurk within. The cover is what prompted me to buy the book in the first place, before even reading a review or synopsis. Yeah, that’s impulse buying at its finest and I’m not even sorry, because Holly Black… can write a book.
The attention to detail is stunning, but not even close to overly descriptive. Each sentence written about what lurks in the forest is dripping with imagination and creativity. Black has created a fairy tale town that seems to coexist with the modern world as a kind of tourist destination. Only this isn’t Disneyland, and the creatures that inhabit the forest don’t always play nice.
Our main characters well know the rules of dealing with faerie. The story belongs to siblings Hazel and Ben, with perspectives written in a voice that will have you turning pages well after dark. You’ll get to hear their stories of trauma, of heartache, of longing for something more, all while becoming completely enthralled in the parts they each play in the world of faerie. And while there is a bit of that signature “YA romance” here and there, it didn’t take away from the magic of the overall story or the dark and twisty parts that make this a beautifully written piece of fairy tale perfection.
The Darkest Part of the Forest was the perfect cozy October read for me, one that I will not soon forget. If you haven’t picked this one up yet, don’t wait… the faerie won’t.