Not Hansel & Gretel, but a Great Brother/Sister Fairy Tale Mystery

Summary:

Siblings Hazel and Ben were raised in the small, strange town of Fairfold. The town is known for a horned prince who sleeps in a glass coffin deep inside the forest. As children, Hazel and Ben once made up stories of the prince and fought off magical monsters in the forest. As they get older, the siblings admire the prince, but no longer continue their childhood fantasies. That all changes when the prince wakes up and causes mayhem within Fairfold. Mysterious deaths and disappearances follow the prince's return. Now Hazel and Ben must put a stop to it before it is too late. They are going to have to bargain with the magical creatures who lurk in the forest. Is their price too high to save the town ... and each other?


BTSYA / Teen Reviewer (16):
The Darkest Part of the Forest is an enchanting fairy tale, full of mystery. Fairfold is a magical place and I very much enjoyed exploring it. The strange magical creatures are not kind. Any bargain made with them comes with a price, which make things interesting. All in all, I loved the fairy tale/fantasy elements to this story. There is an amazing array of characters, each with their own quirks, ambitions, and flaws. It was interesting to learn more about the backstories and their secrets.

As much as I like it, the story has a rather confusing plot. It can be difficult to keep track of what happened along with the new revelations in the story. Because of the bad language, violence, and  romance elements, I recommend this book to anyone 14 years or older. This would make an amazing gift for fans of fantasy and dark fairy tales. 


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Teens who love magical creatures and unique stories that pose interesting dilemmas will quickly become friends with Hazel and Ben. They won't want to leave Fairfold until they have all the answers they are seeking!

Content Awareness Factors:

Despite its middle-school reading level, this is a book for teens in high school and young adults. The characters use profanity, there is romance/sex, and violence, too.


Type of Book:
This is a fantasy / fairy tale for mature audiences.
Educational Themes:

This is a story to be enjoyed for fun reading.

Reading Level:
5.7
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
15 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow for sure! If you love fairy tales, mystery, and fantasy, you might buy this as a gift or someone else or yourself.

Title The Darkest Part of the Forest
Author Holly Black
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers © 2016 (Reprint Edition)
ISBN 9780316213080
Material Paperback
Cost $10.99
Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance
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