I’m here today to celebrate the most talented Holly Black’s new standalone book, The Darkest Part of the Forest! As the tagline of the book is Be careful what you wish for, I’m here to share with you my #bookishWISHES!
My first bookish wish is for a fairy tale retelling, update or a story inspired by my favourite fairy tale: The Princess and the Pea. I’m sure there have been a few, but nothing I’ve been aware of recently! Just think of all the possibilities, the tests you can set to prove someone’s a princess. There is a wealth of girl power and awesomeness waiting to be tapped there. If someone (pretty please, all you fabulous authors reading this) writes this, I will definitely be buying it!
My next bookish wish is for there to be more hardback young adult books. I’m aware this is a UK only problem, as I believe most YA books in the US are published in hardback first. Now I’m a collector, and I LOVE pretty books, so nothing is more satisfying than a beautiful hardback copy of my favourite stories. So UK publishers, if any of you are reading this, it would be lovely to have more hardbacks of big releases!
Thanks to Fierce Fiction/Indigo, I get to act all fairy godmother like and bestow a lovely hardback copy of The Darkest Part of the Forest to one lucky winner. To be in with a chance, answer one of these questions below related to my bookish wishes:
What fairy tale retelling are you most wishing for?
What favourite book do you wish you owned the hardback of?
Tweet, Instagram or Tumblr your answer and be sure to tag me @wingedreviews and use the hashtag #bookishWISHES, then leave your link in the comments below! You can just answer it straight, or make a pretty graphic, or take a picture, or write your answer – anything goes but the more creative the better.
I’ll pick one winner by Friday, 6 February. The contest is open to UK residents only.
I can’t wait to see all your entries and thanks for participating!
About 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 centre 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 pointy 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 and a hero is needed to save them all, Hazel tries to remember her years spent pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?
About Holly Black
Holly Black is the bestselling author of YA and children’s books including being co-creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles, a NEW YORK TIMES No.1 bestselling phenomenon and hugely successful film. She has been a finalist for the MYTHOPOEIC AWARD, the EISNER AWARD and a recipient of the ANDRE NORTON AWARD and a NEWBERY HONOR. She currently lives in New England in a house with a secret door.