Waiting on Wednesday – The Darkest Part of the Forest

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday comes from Holly Black! The Darkest Part of the Forest releases in January of 2015.

I’ve never read a book by Holly Black, but she’s always gotten such high recommendations, and this is a book I’m really looking forward to reading. Here’s what the book is all about…

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?

I love this book cover. There’s so much detail in the leaves, the tiny insects crawling through the greenery that I could stare at it all day. I’m not really in love with the title, but the plot sounds amazing.

The opening line is what caught my attention: children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justiceI have no idea where the story is going to lead – there’s no clear indication of what is going to happen after this mysterious boy awakes, and that is just amping up my anticipation.

January seems far too far away to wait for this one.


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