Short Reviews: The Darkest Part of the Forest + The City of Brass + Iced + Burned

I’ve finished a lot of books in the past few months, some I’ve wanted to give full-blown reviews for and others I’ve wanted to mention, or at least explain my ratings for them. That gave me an idea: let’s try some short reviews for a change!


The Darkest Part of the Forest
 Holly Black
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Version: Paperback
Page Count: 331
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: POC love interest and LGBTQ characters
Recommended Readers: Fans of the author, fantasy, and fae stories
Rating: ★★★★★


Holly Black just keeps delivering for me. I wouldn’t say that this book is as good as The Cruel Prince, but I had a great time just the same. Hazel and Ben, my ginger darlings, were wonderful characters and siblings–the things they sacrificed and did for each other were so bittersweet, and the drama surrounding them showcased how in your head you can get, blaming yourself when the other person never actually blamed you at all. Likewise, I loved how Black subverted certain tropes with them, making Hazel the knight/hero character and Ben the hopeless romantic/love interest for faerie prince Severin.

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