The Darkest Part of the Forest
by Holly Black
At our library we have this book labeled as a romance, but it has so many more layers than that. I would in fact argue that romance is not the main thread of the book. Other categories I would stick onto this book wold be fantasy, thriller, and mystery.
Hazela and her brother Ben have grown up in the very unique town of Fairfold. In Fairfold humans and faeries exist side by side and tourists come from all over to experience the magic and mystery, but not all of them leave unharmed.
The main attraction of Fairfold is the horned boy in the glass coffin that lies in the middle of the woods. Both Hazel and Ben have been in love with him as long as they can remember. They would daydream about freeing their prince and having grand adventures. As much as they daydream and wish, the boy continues to sleep as he always has.
Until one day, he wakes up.
With the news of the horned princes awakening Fairfold is turned into chaos. Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight as she tries to save her town, her brother, all while being swept up in a new love.
This book was of a species that I love, it kept moving. I always had that question of what was going to happen next in the back of my head. This made the fact that it was labeled as a romance much more tolerable. I was always intrigued by stories of magic and fairy tales as a child and Holly Black had brought the essence of those types of stories and mixed them into a 21st century world. I loved the fact that Black did not have to set this story in another time period to keep the fantasy and magical part of the book believable. I would recommend this book to those of a high school age who like a touch of romance in their exciting fantasy books instead of a touch of excitement and thrills in their fantasy romance novels. If you are a lover of fairytales then this book is full of lovely thrills and and all around fun for you!