The Darkest Park of the Forest by Holly Black
Published January 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe 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 center 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 the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough? (Goodreads)
This is my 2nd Holly Black book that is just average. The ideas seem so interesting, so unique but they turn out to be nothing more than a writing prompt…What if…..???
Everything seems to mysteriously, so magical and then you’re left wondering what actually happened.
The characters sound so amazing, but you’re left with the idea of good characters rather than fully developed, changed individuals.
The setting again was just average. The idea sounds promising. Humans and fairies living along side each other, monsters of the forest, a horned boy encased in a glass coffin in the woods. The ideas end up being better than what’s actually written. Black has a way of conjuring unique ideas and the possibilities seem endless. In the end you read a book that is incomplete and you’re left wanting to hear the rest of the story — but that never happens.
Characters 3 Setting 3 Plot 3 Conflict 3 Resolution 3
I rate The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black 3 stars.
Excerpt available here.
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.