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the darkest part of the forest

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 received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The start of the book jarred me a little. I did not expect it to be set in our time, the use of mobile phones and other gadgets through me for a loop. Especially when it was mixed with talk of faeries and boys with horns. Once I got past that though I was hooked.

The set-up to the story was good I felt like I was there and hearing the story from a friend. Some things seemed off at the beginning of the story but they were explained later and made perfect sense. I was a big fan that the story although largely about the magical beings and trying to stop the monster, there was elements of realistic drama that anyone could go through which made the characters easier to relate to.

Hazel was a well rounded protagonist, she had her faults and issues like anyone but she was determined to do what was right. I like that she knew she was pretty but didn’t think every guy on earth would fancy her.

Jack seemed really nice, he had a foot in both the human world and the world of the fae which helped the story enormously.

The ending was amazing, everything came together, it was very cleverly composed and a joy to read. Full of finesse and beautifully crafted threads woven together to make a wonder story.

The only part I was not happy with was the tenses sometimes were a little mixed up making it hard to read.

4.5 out of 5 stars

I am using this for the word Dark in November’s words for the keyword challenge.