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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Book Review: The Fever Series, 1-5

fever-seriesTitle: The Fever Series (Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever, Shadowfever)
 Karen Marie Moning
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Version: Hardback
Page Count: 309, 303, 327, 386, 608
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: In-depth world building in a modern setting, morally gray characters
Recommended Readers: Ages 16+, fans of urban, fae-heavy fantasy with a dash of mystery and romance
Rating: ★★★★☆ (Average of all five books)

So, I was going to review all of these books individually, but I ended up devouring them before I could even think about penning a review. As a result, I’m going to try something a little different, reviewing them somewhat individually but mostly as a series all at once. Haaaaaa, let’s see how this goes.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I’ve been pining for an engaging, Fae-centered fantasy series after how disappointing Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series ended up being. I took a risk on Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, and I’m glad I did because it healed me in ways I didn’t know I needed and provided me with content I’d been dying for.

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