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I really enjoyed this book. First of all, the whole concept of sharing a town/forest with fey is fascinating. I loved reading about all of Hazel's adventures in the woods and the weird goings-on in Fairfold. I found the characters to be interesting and enjoyed the writing style.
The story itself was also amazing. This book sucks you in and takes you for a ride. After awhile, I didn't even really care what happened at the end, I was just enjoying the journey. Great storytelling.
I haven't read much by Holly Black (I've been meaning to, I swear), but this seems to be a sort of Spiderwick Chronicles for YA audiences.
The only downside to the book was that the climax seemed pretty quick. When I got to that part I was like, "Oh, that was easy." This huge daunting problem was resolved in a few seconds. It was kind of a letdown, but I still really enjoyed the resolution, which is why I still gave the book 5 stars. Usually once the big plot is solved in a book, I lose interest in what happens next. For me, the story is basically over and the rest is just tying up lose ends. With this one, the problem was solved and I still wanted to know what happened to all of the characters and to see what happened next. The writing was that good. I almost wish this wasn't a standalone (which is a big deal for me, because I hate YA trilogies), because I just want to jump into the world of Fairfold again.
Very well-writing and fascinating story. I loved it. Can't wait to read more by Holly Black.
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?
I read this book to fill the “In the Dark, Dark Woods” square of my 2017 Halloween Bingo card.
I am continually amazed at how much I enjoy some of these “young adult” novels! This one is definitely in the “really good” category. I’m a sucker for stories that include the Fae, especially if they’re dark, mysterious & threatening.
The story also explores the brother-sister relationship between Hazel and Ben, how they support one another and how they lie to one another and the consequences of both of those choices. There’s a boy with horns and pointed ears asleep in a glass coffin (very Cinderella-ish) in the middle of the dark, dark woods and both siblings are in love with him or maybe with the stories they’ve created around him. No one expects him to awake, and when he does, perhaps they believe their own imaginations too much and aren’t as worried as they should be.
The need for love, the need for purpose, and the love & support of family, all explored in an adventurous fairy tale. Delightful!
This was great fun! I loved the way Black plays with some of the more common tropes in YA.
I'm finding that I am just not a big fan of Holly Black. I didn't love The Coldest Girl in Coldtown as I found it boring whereas most people loved it. The same goes to The Darkest Part of the Forest, its just boring. I almost didn't finish listening to it.
Hazel and her brother Ben live in a town where humans live next to the fae. Hazel has a connection with the fae unlike the rest of the town. The problem is she can't remember most of it.
The one thing I do like about this book is the sibling relationship, as I always want to see more of that in YA books. But man, it just dragged. There is a lot of dialogue and scenes going back and forth. This is something I won't remember in a few months time.