Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2015 book 12

Holly Black's The Darkest Part of the Forest
Black's latest is in the same vein as her Coldest Girl in Coldtown, though set in a small town rife with fairies (the mean/tricky kind from stories, though, not cutesy ones). Our protagonists are a pair of siblings who both are infatuated with the local tourist attraction, a fairy boy who's been sleeping in a glass coffin for decades--until he's suddenly freed. Fairy bargains, swords, enchanted music, monsters, and high school drama all come into play. The protagonist is annoyingly clueless about stuff involving her love interest, but I actually didn't mind the romance stuff here--it's fitting for a fairy tale. I always like in fairy tales when humans use their wits to win, and there's plenty of that here, along with some cool magical action scenes. Entertaining stuff. B+.

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