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Audio Book Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest

Title: The Darkest Part of the Forest
Series: Nope, it is a standalone!!!
Author: Holly Black
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Overall Goodreads Rating: 4.04
Genre: YA Fantasy
Hours long: 8 HRS 39 MINS
Published: Published January 13th 2015 by Hachette Audio
My Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars!


In A Nut Shell
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time! These fairytale retelling was everything I was hoping for and more. A heroine who works hard to protect others, a brother who melted my heart with how much love he had to offer, and a horned boy who sleeps in a glass castle in the middle of the woods. This book was so magical and Blacks writing was fantastic! I HIGHLY recommend the audio book because Lauren is beyond talented and kept my interest at all times, which can be difficult for me while listening to audio books. This book made me remember how much I LOVE a creative fairy tell retailing sometimes better than the original story. You don't want to miss out on this epic read!   

"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 pointy 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 and a hero is needed to save them all, Hazel tries to remember her years spent pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?"
I want to live in Fairfold! I literally could not stop thinking about how creative Black has to be to come up with a town like Fairfold. I couldn't help but wish I could book us a flight and cross our fingers the faeries wouldn't take us. This was my first Black book and now I feel cheated that I waited this long to read her work. I loved the new twists to the fairytale and the writing was beautiful. Black has a way of making the reader feel like they are truly in the story. I listened to the audiobook while cleaning the house, driving, and working-out. There was NOTHING that happened that took my attention away from the story. My house could have caught on fire, Chris carry me out to the yard and I would have not had any idea what happened until the story was over. I loved the world, the main characters, how relevant the story is to the present day and still has old magical myths blended beautifully. There were some characters that I didn't feel too attached to but that happens to me in stand alones some times, does that happen to anyone else? Regardless I loved this book and I highly highly recommend it if you like action, romance, fairytale retellings, fantasy, or just a good book.

What are your thoughts on this book? Do you guys have any recommendations on some fairytale retellings? Share you thoughts down below =)
Happy reading ya'll!
Ashley

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