Showing posts with label Holly Black. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holly Black. Show all posts

Guest Review by Cait @ Paper Fury: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Monday, January 19, 2015
Why I chose this book:
I jumped out of my skin with absolute glee when Amanda asked if I'd like to review this book for her. After I read Holly Black's The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and White Cat, I fell in LOVE with her writing. I'm a mild fan. ("Mild Fan" here is a phrase, which means: entirely, ludicrously excited to the point of flailing forever.) Thank you so much, Amanda!

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: January 13th, 2015
Format: ARC
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill 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 attract 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 (Goodreads).

Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
I won’t lie, when I picked up this book I was not expecting vampires. Paranormal? Yes. But the synopsis is a bit misleading, like the book itself, and lures you into a story of dark vampires with mediocre plot development. The only thing that kept me going was the delicious presentation of the audio storytelling. I listened to this book on my commute throughout the month of February, which ironically was the coldest month in my state. So while I endured the chilly drive to and from work, I loudly complained to myself about the characters, plot, and pacing. So if you saw me on the road talking to myself like a crazy person, I apologize. 

 The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 3rd, 2013
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
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Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself. (Goodreads)

Review: Valiant by Holly Black

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Why I chose this book:
I originally read this book as a freshman in high school (I am a college graduate now), and I decided to give this series a reread, considering all the growing up I have done over the past nearly decade. I remember not truly enjoy this book; and I will now say that even back then my tastes were still good, because very little changed in my opinion of this novel.

Valiant by Holly Black 
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publish Date: May 31, 2005
Format: Hardback
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Buy: B&N || Amazon || Indiebound 

When seventeen-year-old Valerie runs away to New York City, she's trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city's labyrinthine subway system. 

But there's something eerily beguiling about Val's new friends. 
And when one talks Val into tracking down the lair of a mysterious creature with whom they are all involved, Val finds herself torn between her newfound affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming. (Goodreads)

Review: Tithe by Holly Black

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
   Originally, I read this book in high school and chose this book because of the pretty cover and my latest fascination with fairy lore and Amy Brown’s art. At the time, I loved it, but as I’ve matured, my opinions have altered ever so slightly.

Tithe by Holly Black  
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publish Date: October 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban-Fantasy
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Sixteen-year-old Kaye is  a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms - a struggle that could very well mean her death. (Goodreads)
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