The Darkest Part of the Forest Kindle Edition
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From School Library Journal
*"Black returns here to the dark faery realm that spurred her initial success, and if anything, she's only gotten better, writing with an elegant, economical precision and wringing searing emotional resonance from the simplest of sentences."―The Bulletin, starred review
*"Black returns to the realm of faerie for her latest novel, and the results, as any of her fans would expect, are terrific."―VOYA, starred review
"Black's stark, eerie tone; propulsive pacing; and fulsome world building will certainly delight her legion of fans."―Booklist
"This edgy, dark fantasy will be a hit with young adults who like their magical creatures to live in a recognizably contemporary world."―Library Media Connection
"Like a true fairy tale, Black's story weds blinding romance and dark terrors, but her worthy heroes are up to the challenge of both."―The Horn Book
"It's an enjoyable read with well-developed characters and genuine chills...."―Publishers Weekly
Praise for The Coldest Girl in Coldtown:
*"Teens with a yen for dark, futuristic novels, and maybe even a few Anne Rice readers, will find this a refreshing take on vampire lit. As always, Black's writing is quick paced and thought-provoking. A must-have for any teen collection."―School Library Journal, starred review --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00LM9S7WG
- Publisher : Orion Children's Books; 1st edition (February 5, 2015)
- Publication date : February 5, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2416 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 337 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #191,312 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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She was remembering when her crush on the guy got stronger... It was when he was preparing sandwiches for everyone and she noticed how carefully the ingredients had been sliced. She saw his chewed up gum on his plate, and when he turned around to do something, I kid you not, she took the gum, put it in her mouth and chewed it. She felt a thrill with his saliva and had kept the gum all those years, stuck under her bed... She was 10!
There is no real substance to this book. It seemed like the author simply echoed Old Lore without really turning it her own. Extremely expository, or like a research paper where the quotations and original author references were missing. After that it's just who kissed who, beer, and "hooking up". The romances were forced, I couldn't connect with any of them. The protagonist's OBVIOUS future partner had some psychological potential but was completely wasted in demeaning who and what he was and never correcting that toxic tendency. The character was never accepted for being a fairy among humans. So it all just remained the same, him suppressing his true nature because everybody, including the protagonist, was afraid of him every time he acted like what he was, A FAIRY. He hated himself and simply acted human. The moral to this, kids, is: It's not okay to be yourself. You must repress your true nature when society tells you to. And if you want someone else to love you romantically, you change yourself and demean yourself for them.
The language of this book is of 13 year old airheads who only know a few adjectives to communicate through life. The same comparisons, adjectives, allegories (if they may even be called that) were repeated throughout the book. The same elementary language is repeated in her other books and apparently the sexual content gets worse.
The only star this gets is for the on time delivery and the pretty cover.
'I loved him and I loved him and he's dead and gone and bones. Dead and gone and bones.'
Tell me that line does not give you the hebejebes. The creepiness in this book was completely unexpected and I loved it! You have a monster terrorizing a small town, a mysterious horned boy, and a high school girl who is in the middle of it all.
There were so many things that I enjoyed about this book. Holly Black brings to life a vivid world of ancient faerie wildness (the folk) juxtaposed with life in a modern small town. She also flips traditional fairy tale stereotypes on their head by allowing Hazel to be the brave knight and Ben gets his prince.
This might be my therapist self talking, but it was some of the underlying themes that enchanted me the most. I thought Sorrow was a beautiful depiction as to how grief and depression can grip our body and soul, isolating us and sometimes making us into someone we don't recognize. I also thought how she showed the long lasting impact of childhood trauma and neglect, was well done. These experiences led Hazel and Ben to a path were they held the burden of deeply buried secrets that kept people at arms length, including each other. I loved that through their trials and relationships they were able to recognize some of these wounds and be triumphant over their past in the end. I also thought the reaction of the town to Jack was really relevant to today. People often point fingers at those that are different instead of looking inward for the solution to the challenges they face. Finally, I seriously may have cheered when Jack's parents told off the towns people. #parentinggoals
All in all... Ms. Black did end up with a new fan. This was an engaging, well-paced adventure with just the right about of romance. I am looking forward to reading the rest of her work!
Recommended for fans of: YA Fantasy, Faeries, Magic, Stand alone novels, YA Romance
Holly Black is truly a hidden gem. I do not know why I have not already been devouring her books for years, but I am so glad I am able to now. This story was lovely. I love how the darkest of things such as child neglect, prejudice, and self doubt are turned to strength, love, and friendship. I give this book 5 stars.
In this story Hazel and her brother Ben have been raised by neglectful parents in the town of Fairfold which borders on the land of the fae. Strange things have always happened in their town, including a fairy boy that they have imagined to be a prince trapped in a glass casket in town. The boy in the casket has been there as long as people can remember. Ben and Hazel feel a special connection to the boy, so when he has finally been freed from his casket and things begin to get worse for their town they feel drown to find the fairy boy and figure out why. In the process they learn the secrets they have been holding from each other and the secrets they have even held from theirselves. It is a masterful fairytale with adventure, suspense, friendship, and beautiful romance.
Top reviews from other countries
This book had quite an interesting style and tone. The Folk of the Air series is 90% second world/portal fantasy and Tithe is about a seemingly ordinary girl being stunned to discover (or rediscover) the existence of magic and fairies. But this almost borders on magic realism. It’s set in a small town in America, that’s normal except for the fact that it completely acknowledges and accepts that the fae live alongside them. Otherwise down-to-earth characters wear charms and leave out milk. One fairly normal teenage boy is openly acknowledged to be a changeling. And a sleeping elf prince is a glass casket in the forest has been a tourist attraction for generations. I loved this combination of the fantastical and the day to day.
Inevitably, the elf prince awakens. Inevitably, the main character visits faerie. And inevitably, there’s some inter-species romance. But none of that plays out in quite the way you might have imagined and it’s all balanced nicely with general family, town, and personal dynamics. It really keeps you guessing and the ultimate conclusions are very satisfying. Ultimately, it didn’t grab me in quite the all-consuming way that Wicked King did, but it’s still a very enjoyable read.
The concept is very clever. There are some Snow White sleeping in a coffin elements, with a twist. What I always enjoy about Holly Black's books is the world building and how the fae are not fluffy fairy tale creatures but far darker!
For the most part, I liked Hazel as a character although would have liked more character development. I wasn't a big fan of all the random kissing. It was also nice the way things developed with Severin. I was glad we didn't get the usual girl ends up with the prince plot...
We are treated to changelings and fairy legends as well as the usual coming of age teen drama. The sections about Hazel's and Ben's forgetful and neglectful parents were hard to read but worked well in juxtaposition to the fairy world.
I'm a big fan of Holly Black's books and while I did enjoy The Darkest Part of the Forest, it wasn't my favourite of her stories! The writing has the usual HB description and detail but, and I'm surprised to be writing this, the plot isn't as compelling as I was expecting. I read another review, describing the plot as fragmented, which I sort of agree with. That being said I did like the story, I just wanted a little more. Perhaps I'm just greedy.
In the forest outside the town of Fairfold is a glass casket containing a sleeping faerie prince. He's been there for as long as anyone can remember and has become quite a tourist attraction. Ben and his sister Hazel find him fascinating and long for him to wake up ... but the sleeping prince isn't the only faerie creature in the forest.
I loved this story because it took several well-known fairy tales and turned them on their head (Snow White, Kate Crackernuts, etc). I thought it great that it was a prince in the glass casket who needed rescuing and, although there is a bit of a romance, the characters don't necessarily end up with who you think. I loved the way the inhabitants of Fairfold had long since become used to supernatural creatures straying over their boundaries, and the hapless tourists who took selfies of themselves with the prince, but usually ended up becoming faerie fodder!
Recommended for anyone who loves YA fantasy and fairy tales with a dark, urban twist.