Author: Holly Black
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
The Darkest Part of the Forest has classic Holly Black feel. There is nothing in the novel that stands out and makes you take notice, but you can't stop reading it either. It's different, unique, and makes the fae world seem like it belongs in part of our lives. She throws you right into the world and hits the ground running.
This novel is a light read perfect for a rainy day with likable characters who are forgettable. Hazel and Ben are hardly memorable, even though they are interesting enough. Ben, cursed or gifted at a young age, and Hazel, who wants to be someone, wants to have a purpose, but just feels like a young girl no one pays attention to. So, in typical teenage fashion, she tries to fill the void by making out with as many guys as possible. Just because she can.
The plot feels a little loose and sloppy, but it is still enjoyable. It isn't a book I'm going to add to my personal library and read again, but I'll pretty much read everything Black writes at least once. This novel is no exception.