The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Wednesday, March 16th 2016

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…

“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.” ― Holly Black, The Darkest Part of the Forest

Welcome to another day at Lia’s Bookish Obsession

Today I want to talk about a book that truly brought summer into my heart when I read it last year. It surely brought the warm of summer back into my heart, especially now when my neighborhood continuously seems to be holding on to snow. Why oh why are we still getting snow!
No matter as long as I have a book I can pretend to be anywhere. At this moment I would rather be in an enchanted fantasy about Fae Warriors, weeping tree woman morning the lost of her dearly beloved. Don’t let the simplicity of this novels cover distract you from what’s truly hidden within it’s pages, The Darkest Part of The Forest, is a tale of adventure with more to offer than just gorgeous Fae Courts, or romantic gestures, this novel is a unique adventure for our protagonist duo Ben and Hazel.

“Hazel kissed boys for all kinds of reasons — because they were cute, because she was a little drunk, because she was bored, because they let her, because it was fun, because they looked lonely, because it blotted out her fears for a while, because she wasn’t sure how many kisses she had left.”
― Holly Black, The Darkest Part of the Forest

There is a fairytale atmosphere in the beginning of the novel. We are introduced to the town  in which most of the novel takes place. Admittedly, it is the quality of the world building that Holly Black creates that held me instantly through the novel, the main characters are not the type of characters you would normally see as the hero which to me only made this novel more unique.Ben and Hazel are siblings, they love each other very much but their personalities could not be more different, thus making their relationship as siblings even more realistic through this magical experiences.

“Hazel, Hazel, blue of eye. Kissed the boys and made them cry,”
― Holly Black, The Darkest Part of the Forest

Hazel is the type of girl that goes to parties, drinks, and kisses not a few boys but all the boys. Hazel is a walking Heart Break Hotel,  breaking each and ever heart as she walks by. Hazel seems to have a very strong reputation about breaking hearts because the boys whose hearts she breaks don’t need a moment to feel any type of remorse after the fact. Although the heart that yearns for her the most is the one she does not notice. Typical right?

Ben on the other hand is shy. I related to Ben immediately after hearing how horrible his date last night went. If there is something I can relate to it’s how horrible a romantic date can honestly be. Ben stole my heart when he told his story.

The unique quality about this novel is that it’s a prefect blend of diversity, universal love, discovering once self, as well as believing in one self. Usually I would add that this novel does contain LGBTQIA elements to it, but honestly I feel rather stupid warning you thank those who fall in love fall in love with their gender being questioned. This novel contacts romances and I feel that if you are a romantic at heart you should just be aware that love happens to all regardless of gender. This is why I love Holly Black writing technique so much that I was really glad I stumbled across this novel as my first Holly Black experiences.

Don’t even get my started how Holly Black manages to wrap folklore and contemporary writing together with absolutely flawless flare.

I don’t care how often I read the book this puzzle always shocked me!

She’s such a sweet and kind person I truly believe she isn’t human but a changeling. I even told her so my self through Twitter!I seriously believe she’s not fully human…hmmmm interesting. I hope you give this book a chances, it’s a short read of only 336 pages. I read it in one sitting and you can probably do the same once you start reading it’s truly hard to put the book down.

Make sure you pick up a good spring novel like
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Happy Reading
~Lia

About Holly Black

Holly Black is a best-selling author of contemporary fantasy novels for kids, teens, and adults. She is the author of the Modern Faerie Tale series (Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside), The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), and The Good Neighbors graphic novels (with Ted Naifeh) The Poison Eaters and Other Stories, a collection of short fiction, and The Curse Worker series (White Cat, Red Glove, and Black Heart). She is also the co-editor of three anthologies, Geektastic (with Cecil Castellucci), Zombies vs. Unicorns (with Justine Larbalestier), and Welcome to Bordertown (with Ellen Kushner). Her most recent works are the middle grade novel, Doll Bones, and the dark fantasy stand-alone, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library.

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