Book Review: Heart of the Moors by Holly Black

Heart of the Moors: An Original Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Novel

Heart of the Moors: An Original Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Novel by Holly Black

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Diaval,” she hissed, “we are going to follow Aurora.”
“Are we, mistress? How very different from my usual orders.”

Considering it is part of the Disney Maleficent series and written by Holly Black, I didn’t expect this book to be so incredibly sweet and delicate. But it is, and Black nailed it perfectly.

Heart of the Moors is a book written to slide nicely between Maleficent and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. The story between when Maleficent wakes Aurora from her forever sleep with true love, and when the planning of Philip and Aurora’s wedding begins. Yes, that’s right. This is the falling in love story of Philip and Aurora.

“You are my heart,” Maleficent said softly. “And you are right that I guard it fiercely.”

The story is of one that many people can relate, a caregiver who has been heartbroken, watching the one they’ve cared for fall in love. Oh, the complex emotions.

I loved it. I’m also happy to report it is 100% appropriate for all age levels, including the very youngest of YA readers. It’s also an easy read. When people say they read this in a day, they aren’t lying. I read it in two. So give it to your teenager, and read it yourself, and form all the beautiful book buddy bonds.

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