It is Saturday and that means that it is time for another book review! whoop, whoop! This week it is the turn of one of the books that has been sitting on my TBR shelf for over 3 years. And that book is The Darkest Part Of The Forest by Holly Black. Let’s do this!
Why oh why did I wait so long to read this book?!? I brought The Darkest Part Of The Forest when it first came out in paperback in like 2015 and it has just been sitting on my shelf ever since. I have always put of reading it and I have no idea why. This book was brilliant! It was such a nice change to read a standalone fantasy! Fantasy books are always parts of series or trilogies; they are hardly ever standalones. But this one is and it really works as a standalone.
This is such a brilliant little story. I just didn’t want to put this book down! There is such a complex and interesting world crammed into this little book. it is dark and mysterious and incredibly tempting and completely irresistible. I am so glad that there are other books by Black containing this world, I want to read them all! I just want to know more about this universe and experience more of it. It was just brilliant. Holly clearly knows a lot about Faerie folklore. The traditional folklore is woven throughout this book and I freaking loved it. it was so nice to see a faerie book that actually had that folklore in it, most don’t.
And I really enjoyed the storyline in this book. I will admit that it was a bit predictable and some elements of it were not completely unsurprising but I did really enjoy it. it was just such an interesting story. It really kept me on the edge of my seat. What I really enjoyed about this book was that it wasn’t all about a romance. Don’t get me wrong, there was some romance in the book, but it was a side storyline. It wasn’t the main focus of the story and I really appreciated that. the main relationship focus in this book was that of siblings. The relationship between Hazel and Ben, brother and sister. Not many books explore sibling relationships, but this book did it so well!
I will be 100% honest with you and say that I didn’t love every second of this book. there where parts that I wasn’t a big fan off and I didn’t love everything. For instance, it was a bit predictable. I also wasn’t a massive fan of the fact that all of the fights where kind of just glossed over and not completely explored. If there had been just that little bit more attention on the fights and that side of the story this would have been a 5 star read!
All in all, I did really enjoy this book. it has been quite a while since I have enjoyed physically reading a book as much as I did this one.
4.5 out of 5
And there we have it. have you read any of Holly Black’s books? Which is you favourite? I am hoping to pick up The Cruel Prince very soon :D. I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post and I will see you all again very soon.