So my first read of March happened really early but if you want to know why it’s been a bit delayed in its review please check out my explanation post here. Anyways, lets try and get back to the Helen you are getting to know and love for this review!
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black is a fast paced and beautiful read! Definitely one to add to your ever growing TBR piles!
Here’s the blurb!
Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girls can look at her brother and believe that they are destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe that 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 centre 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 fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?
So you can tell from the get go that this is going to be pretty epic, I mean faeries and glass coffins… oooo. Admittedly, I didn’t read the blurb before I began reading this- it was a late night start and I didn’t want to ‘waste’ time considering the information in the blurb. Ironically, since completing the book and looking into it on Booktube, it really is agreed that this is a ‘head-in-blind’ kind of book- and I totally agree!
Now the book wasn’t five stars, I mean I loved the storyline but some of the writing didn’t hit home the way I thought it would. It had some slow parts (okay- one slow part) but it came at a time that I was really looking for the bam of adventure.
Character wise, I felt them to be well rounded, developed and not perfect; which in my opinion make them perfect characters. You make a realisation about a certain character later in the book than I would have liked, it would have cleared up a lot of the early confusion- especially as you become aware that the main character is fully aware of the situation but decide that 150 pages is a good length to wait before including the reader.
I loved the LBGT representation in this book, it was well intertwined and for once it wasn’t made to be a spectacle. It was played in par with the hetro relationships which I appreciated a lot, often with LBGT characters I find them to be used as gimmicks or someone to kill off. But here, I felt it was integral, there were no remarks and no awkwardness about sexuality as there often is; it was just accepted as normal- a refreshing representation of sexuality.
On that note, there is definitely a love storyline, but it is definitely not as prevalent as the blurb makes out. I definitely felt- and please leave me a comment on your opinions of this if you have read the book- that it was more to do with the relationship between siblings than the horned attraction in the woods.
Action packed and definitely worth a read guys!