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
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

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...
  • Em
    I feel like my life is just a constant cycle of finally getting past the book I was obsessing about and then immediately finding another book to obsess about!My heart is growing a lot and I want to cover this story and these characters in it. This book made me want to lie down on the forest floor for a moment or two and just breathe in and out and in and out, letting nature wash over me with dirt in my hair and dew on my skin while the sun slowl...
  • 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
    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 ...
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    ”They were in love with him because he was a prince and a faerie and magical and you were supposed to love princes and faeries and magic people." This LINE!!! It resonated so much with me when I read the book! It describes my love for faeries in the best possible way and I can’t thank Holly Black enough for writing it down! I think this is going to be one of my favourite quotes ever. XDAnd I’m convinced Holly Black and I will have a very l...
  • Miranda Reads
    4.5 stars - Holly Black at her finest. Once, there was a girl who vowed she would save everyone in the world, but forgot herself. Seriously, how does Holly Black create such bone-chillingly wondrous books time and time again?Hazel Evans and her brother (Ben) live in Fairfold - a town blessed (cursed?) by the fair folk. The food tastes better, the art is more beautiful and the world, far crueler. There's a monster in our wood. She'll get you i...
  • 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...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    What fun!! Mel 🖤🐾🐺
  • Lia Bonnibel (pidgey)
    Down a path worn into the woods, past a stream and a hollowed-out log full of pill bugs and termites, was a glass coffin. It rested right on the ground, and in it slept a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. First time reading Holly Black and I'm not disappointed.I was a bit skeptical at first because I heard her writing is similar to Cassandra Clare's, who I'm not really a fan of, but I'm glad to say the rumors were only and...
  • Melanie
    “Once, there was a girl who vowed she would save everyone in the world, but forgot herself.” This was such a whimsical and beautiful story about a sleepy little down named Fairfold, who has a pact with all the faeries that if the fae leave them alone, all the tourists are free game. But why would tourists want to visit this little town nestled in the forest? Oh, because a handsome horned fae boy is asleep in an unbreakable glass casket. Some ...
  • may ➹ (hiatus)
    I thought there would be more gay fae and I am sever(in)ely disappointed that there wasn’t3.5 stars, RTC
  • C.G. Drews
    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...
  • 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...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    This book is about evil fairies and subverting genre expectations. // SUBVERTING TROPES AND BLENDING BINARIES It took me a long time to figure out why, exactly, this book captivated me so much. Yes, it's definitely a solid read, but what made this a five-star-favorite-book-ever read? I think in the long run what stood out to me was how Holly Black sees the tropes of this story and avoids them. Ben and Hazel are essentially a role-reversal of typi...
  • emma
    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 @
  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 "...
  • beth
    Rating - 4.5 starsIt’s took me a while to review this just because I had no words to describe how much I enjoyed it. This story follows two siblings called Hazel & Ben who live in a very strange town in which fae also live. Some people don’t believe they’re real, but Hazel and Ben do. They are obsessed with a beautiful prince who sleeps in a glass coffin in the middle of the woods… if that doesn’t make you want to read this…what woul...
  • no
    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...
  • Carrie
    The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black is a standalone young adult fantasy read that takes place in a world just like ours only there are fae living among the humans. Now this one is on the darker side as these fairies are not the sparkly nice kind but the dark and creepy version.Hazel and Ben are a brother and sister who live in Fairfold, a city in which the humans live alongside the Fae. In the woods there is a glass coffin with a faerie...
  • Fables&Wren
    This was so much better than The Cruel Prince. Where has THIS book been this whole time? RTC- - - Buddy Read with Kayla and might I say that I am loving this far more than I did The Cruel Prince
  • Riley
    I enjoyed this but I definitely think I will forget about it in a couple days \_(ツ)_/ I enjoyed this but I definitely think I will forget about it in a couple days ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Shannon
    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...
  • may ❀
    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...
  • ☆☽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...