Wednesday, January 14, 2015

[I'm-So-Sad Mini-Review] The Darkest Part of the Forest

The Darkest Part of the ForestThe Darkest Part of the Forest
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?

The rating itself is more of 2.5 stars which according to Goodreads is a little more than "it was okay". It saddens me, really. But no matter how intriguing the plot was and no matter how much I love the book cover, I just could not get into the book. 

Love and Other Drugs

From the very beginning, I was in love with the idea of the book. Fae folk living together with regulars and having a sleeping boy in a glass coffin in their woods. Dark, creepy fairy tale dream of every girl. But the writing style itself and the actually story itself was not enough to made me want to read it. But I tried. And I probably felt like my heart was being broken a little bit. Because how can you make such an appealing story become into.... That!



  1. Reviewing this today as well. I sadly agree with you. All the elements where there: the horned boy, the mean fairies... and yet the delivery failed.

    1. Haha that's awesome, I'm definitely gonna check it out

  2. Aww so sad it didn't work out for you :( I've always loved Holly Black's writing so I'm curious to find out now!

  3. Haha. My DNF review is going live tomorrow.
    I totally agree, the premise was amazing, but the execution and writing was lack luster.
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

    1. Oh man, I thought I was the only one lol I'll check out yours as well

  4. Aww, that's disappointing, I have that book now but I haven't read it yet.

  5. I wasn't sure about even adding this one, I felt like it could go either way. It's on my tbr now, but yeah I want to look out at more reviews ...not sure I'll even end up picking it up, theres so much to read as much as I like some of Holly Black's work I don't have time to go get a book that I'm unsure about reading in the first place haha <3
    It's hard writing these reviews, sorry it didn't wow you.
    -Diamond @ Dee's Reads

    1. So true! I'd rather spend my time reading something that will make me cry than make me be unsure lol

  6. Oh, it's a huge shame you couldn't love this book as much as you wanted to. I hope you try another Holly Black book and enjoy it more. I want to try a book of hers because I have never read one like it before.