The Darkest Part of the Forest

20958632by Holly Black
YA Fantasy
5 of 5 stars

This book is delicious – whatever you consider delicious, it’s like that.

Holly Black is at the peak of her powers here. Everything you’ve loved from Tithe and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is expertly crafted into something new here, something that makes you sit and devour it as quickly as possible. This book had to be a nightmare to research and painstakingly put together, but the level of work here is so evident and worthwhile. From the moment you crack it open and the ominous quote pulls back the red velvet curtain to the moment you turn the last page, you are sucked into faeryland and you’ll never want to leave.

As is usual with Black, she focuses more on the twisted and dark side of magic and the Folk, with ever more creative ways to send chills down your spine. As if that weren’t enough, each chapter contains a secret unveiled and added to the collection, sometimes subtle and sometimes dramatic.

I rarely enjoy a book this much (the last ones were The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Crown of Midnight) and it was a pleasure.

All that said, Black’s voice isn’t for everyone, so if you didn’t enjoy any of her previous work, you absolutely will not enjoy this.

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Similar reads: 

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – This has delicious prose, the feeling of pulling back that velvet curtain for a Story, and some creepiness. See my review here.
  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater – This has surprising writing with a growing unease that something isn’t what it seems. See my review here.
  • Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke – Three points of view (hero, liar, villain) in a small mountain town tell you a creepy tale. See my review here.
  • Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton – This also features dark magic in our world.
  • Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas – This is a more traditional fantasy, as is anything with dragons and a map inside the book. See my review here.
  • The Moorchild by Eloise Jarvis McGrawThis is similar but skewed younger.
  • Abarat by Clive Barker – This is a weirder story by far but along the same lines. Candy Quackenbush from Chickentown, USA, must save a magical world from destruction.

If you don’t like magical elements, you will not like any of these and need to stick to straight YA. Perhaps Rainbow Rowell is more for you. She’s good at putting the teenage heart and soul on a platter and winding you around her finger.



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