The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The 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...

Details The Darkest Part of the Forest

TitleThe Darkest Part of the Forest
Release DateJan 13th, 2015
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
Number of pages336 pages
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Magic, Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Glbt, Fairies, Fae

Reviews The Darkest Part of the Forest

  • Kat O'Keeffe
    After finishing this, I feel I can declare that Holly Black is fantastic at writing paranormal standalones. She crafts an awesome world, fills it with strong characters, and then ties it all together with an engaging story that doesn't rely on sequels to be satisfying. I love Holly Black's writing style and the way she weaves snippets from the past into the present storyline to create more tension. And I LOVE the juxtaposition of otherworldly fan...
  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    This was such a satisfying read! I started this not knowing pretty much anything about the book and I'm so glad I didn't read more into the synopsis. It was such a fun and enjoyable read.
  • Lola Reviewer
    Down a path worn into the woods, past a stream and a hollowed-out log full of pill bugs and termites, was a glass of coffin. It rested right on the ground and in it slept a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. *Holly Black has written a considerable amount of books, but this is the first novel by her that I have read. Not that I was not interested in the others: I am simply always too excited by new releases. While wondering ...
  • Emily May
    Oh book, you make it so difficult to rate you.The thing about Holly Black is that she writes in very different styles. Before I read White Cat, I tried the first of her Faerie books - Tithe - (really didn't get into it), and her Spiderwick Chronicles (cute kids books but not really my thing). Then I discovered the Curse Workers trilogy and holy shit awesomeness: it was great! I liked the characters, the plot, and the twists... so much good.The Da...
  • Sana Khalid °¤°
    1.5 stars.Well I can now successfully say, that my first ever read by Holly Black was a complete fail. I didn't even have any high expectations for this one, yet still, I'm disappointed??? Like, I tried so hard to fucking like this, but this book made that really hard for me. I went into this book knowing nothing and hoping for the best, yet here is I, Sunny, who rated this book 1 star and thinking about what to do with my life now that I've fini...
  • Erica Ravenclaw
    ☆☆☆☆☆ No spoilers and colorful language abound! I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Normally I wouldn't review an ARC this early, but honestly, I cannot help myself.**I am bumping this because I reviewed it entirely too early. It comes out on January 13th! Also, do you ever go back and read a review and say, "what the fuck was I even trying to say" ? Then feel an overwhelming urge to rewrite the enti...
  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    This book.OH, SWEET FAIRY BREAD, THIS BOOK WAS BEYOND FANTASTICALLY AMAZING. I expected to like it after reading The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and White Cat (which have quickly risen to my "favourite books" category. But adore it this much?! It was so beautiful, so powerful, so intriguing and fantastical and dark and bloody that...I just loved it. It's a magical story about Hazel and her brother, Ben, and their love for a horned boy cursed to slee...
  • Steysha Kravits
    There’s a monster in our wood. She’ll get you if you’re not good. Drag you under leaves and sticks. Punish you for all your tricks. A nest of hair and gnawed bone.You are never, ever coming… Holly Black has done it again! She gives us dark, mysterious and scary story about a girl-knight, who swings a sword better than fairies, about her brother who has the gift to charm everyone with his music, and about a prince who is sleeping in a glas...
  • Heidi The Hippie Librarian
    The Darkest Part of the Forest is a delightful fairy tale and coming-of-age story about a girl who wants to be a knight and a boy who wants to be loved.The fairies in the woods around Fairfold are not the playful, glitter-winged sprites of popular culture. These are dark and frighting creatures who lure unsuspecting travelers into their caves and ponds to gnaw their flesh from their bones. They sneak into the homes of Fairfold and exchange their ...
  • emma
    the quest for magical realism i like has not ended, folks. full review up now at! thanks dolls <3-------------------------------------------------2/5oh noooo.i'm really sorry if i'm upsetting anyone by not liking this book. if it helps, i'm upset, too.full review coming soon to
  • Pragya
    The thing about fantasy is, it's always a hit or a miss for me. TDPotF was definitely a hit - it's character driven with an enchanting setting and writing that makes everything unbelievably believable. Once, there was a girl who found a sword in the woods.Once, there was a girl who made a bargain with the Folk.Once, there was a girl who'd been a knight in the service of a monster.Once, there was a girl who vowed she would save everyone in the wor...
  • Tatiana
    I loved quite a few things about this book - the setup, the fairy lore, the whole "fairy-prince-sleeping-in-a-glass-coffin" idea. But the plot of this novel was very poor - so rushed, with everything crammed into the last third, with an underdeveloped conflict, a silly villain ((view spoiler)[a walking tree who makes you cry (hide spoiler)]) and hasty romances. Black definitely had trouble plotting this story out, which was confirmed by her own "...
  • Elizabeth
    I loved the writing style in this book. I want more 3rd person POV! And this is the first fairy book I've read all the way through that I've enjoyed! It was fun, but still had substance.
  • The Holy Terror
    There are some nitpicky things I could bring up, (a big one being the oh-so-convenient "parental abandonment"), but I didn't feel like anything I could mention would really have impacted my total enjoyment of this book.I actually thought that this was the first book by Black I've read, but apparently I forgot about White Cat and her graphic novel series, which I suppose isn't a good thing ...I really want to commend Black on being able to write s...
  • Puck
    An amazing fantasy stand-alone about genuinely terrifying fairies, a cursed prince, and two brave siblings caught in the middle. I’ve had my eye on this book for a long time, and I’m so glad I finally read it because The Darkest Part of the Forest was absolutely magical, creative, and so beautifully written. Holly Black’s writing style is captivating and dreamy and twisted; and although this story takes place in the real world, it feels lik...
  • мαүғℓσωεя
    So like, this book was recommended to me two months ago – just to show you how terrible I am. I’m finding this book hard to rate because on one hand, I loved the eerily-dark “fairy” tale and on the other hand, my attention was kinda lost in the semantics of fairies and magic and horned-prince-boys. The Darkest Part of the Forest takes place in Fairfield, a strange town where humans and faeries live side by side. The locals are used the...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2 stars. One for each chapter I read that I couldn't get into...It mostly just felt like a bunch of teen characters I really couldn't stand + fantasy elements that had all been done before.
  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    Here’s the thing. This book is well written. It’s unique. It’s a standalone YA fantasy book (WHAT?). It’s a popular author. It’s got a cool setting and interest plot. It’s got interesting characters. So why didn’t I love it?I’m not quite sure what went wrong with this book for me but I can tell you the only reason why I finished it is because of the audiobook and the 1.75x listening speed. I wasn’t invested at all and I was just...
  • ☆☽Erica☾☆
    Oh goodness, this was so lovely.I feel so warm and fluffy inside because of this charming little adventure of a book. It is just so whimsical and magical and creative. The story itself follows the life of two siblings, Ben and Hazel, as they grow up in a town intermingled with the world of fairies. The two possess very different, but equally extraordinary, abilities that play a pivotal role in combating an evil magic that is overtaking their town...
  • Sarah Churchill
    I really enjoyed The Darkest Part of the Forest, I haven't read many fairy books but this was exactly the kind of thing I expect from the fae - whimsical and beautiful, dark and dangerous. It plays on the form of traditional fairy tales and twists them into a modern take, complete with a female warrior and LGBT characters. I enjoyed the twists and did feel a connection to most of the characters, and overall had a lot of fun reading it.
  • Steven
    Once I picked this one up, I couldn't put it down. I read almost all of it in one day. It was that entertaining. I was hooked, needing to know what was next, what was going on, where these characters would end up. My first Holly Black book will certainly not be my last!
  • Lexie
    Oh my god.As a book that channels faerie lore, this merits its 5 stars.As a book that explores intricate family dynamics, it merits its 5 stars.As a book that celebrates the beauty of the written word, it merits its 5 stars.So... 555 stars total? I've lined them side by side, and that sounds just about right.
  • Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
    Let's start with the positive, because I can easily tell you what I liked about this book.The writing is beautiful. It reads exactly like a old fashioned fairytale; the forest setting, the myths and creatures. The whole set up was pretty perfect. Makes me want to live in a cabin on the edge of the woods. Then you have the relationship between Ben and Hazel. With slightly absent parents growing up, they had to find ways to occupy themselves and it...
  • Fenia
    Dark, dreamy and romantic. I loved it! 'The Darkest Part of the Forest' is my first 'fairies' book, and Holly Black's book, and it was amazing! Its such a page turner, action-packed, full of dark myths and rhymes. Hazel, Ben, Jack..everyone, is special in their own way, and the whole book was special. I havent read anything like it before. I want more!
  • Ashley
    Interesting. I liked the premise and don't really have much to complain about. Just an "ok" entertaining experience.This was my second audio book experiment so I can't tell if I would have enjoyed it more or the same if I had actually read it.
  • Glass
    My favorite thing about The Darkest Part of the Forest?It's a standalone novel. About fairies. But not the Disney version - dark and twisted tales I heard during my childhood.Full review soon.
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    The characters and the setting of this book are EVERYTHING. I just finished it and I already feel nostalgic for it all.
  • Elspeth
    This was creepy, unexpected, and horrifyingly beautiful.
  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    Actual Rating: 3. 5 starsEloquent, quaint and cute romances. Mini review to come.