So, I’m not always the brightest but I most defiantly learn from my mistakes. AND I learned from my mistake of my initial shrugging of shoulders towards Coldest Girl in Coldtown. I waited hours at the BEA for a copy of Holly Black’s new book, The Darkest Part of the Forest. And I ran home, okay technically I took the train home, and went directly to the darkest part of the forest.
Hazel and her brother, Ben, live in Fairfold, where humans and fey exist side by side in a sort of peace. But tourist, ha that’s another story. And the fey do draw tourist but the bigger tourist attraction is a glass coffin in the woods, where a boy with horns on his head sleeps. For as long as Hazel and Ben can remember they have been in love with the boy. And for as long as anyone can remember, the boy has slept. And then one day he wakes up.
One of the things that I love about Black’s writing is that it feels so damn familiar. I feel like I know her world even thought it’s new, and that the characters are my friends. I loved Ben and Hazel and their brother/sister dynamic. Plus the fey are evil and I like it. The overall plot and story was beautiful but simple. In the hands of a lesser writing this might be problematic but Black does an amazing job of bringing everything together. I couldn’t put this book down, I wanted to run to the darkest park of the forest and dance with the fey, homework be damned. Black doesn’t present things in a linear fashion but reveals ‘backstory’ throughout the book. And again, in the hands of a lesser writing this could be problematic but Black brings it all together for awesome head explosion, giddy goodness.
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