The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Holly Black is always at her best when she is in Faerie.
The Darkest Part of the Forest is a modern faerie-tale about two siblings whose hometown and Faerie are somehow commingled, making for a magickal and dangerous existence.
Young Hazel, a sort-of neglected child of hippy-ish parents, dreams of being a knight...a bad-faerie-slaying knight. Her brother, Ben, has a unique faerie-bestowed gift, which he often views as a curse.
To make her brother happy, young Hazel makes a deal with a faerie King (something one should never do) and unwittingly changes her destiny forever.
It is only when she is old enough to understand the folly of her deal that she finds out the truth of its consequences.
Love, sorrow, and faerie mischief abound in this tale which warns that to tarry with fey is to risk your life and freedom.