Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tithe by Holly Black

Holly Black
The Modern Faerie Tales #1

From Goodreads: 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 the sixteen-year-old 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.

While this book has gotten some very mixed reviews, I have to say, I really enjoyed it. I found Holly Black to be a great storyteller with a tale darker than the YA fantasy norm.

I really liked the way the faerie courts were done here. The Seelie, Unseelie, and solitaries all had their own flaws, rather than having a simple good-vs.-evil setup, which I've seen elsewhere. The characters were all very definitely flawed, sometimes exaggeratedly so, but overall I liked most of them.

Even though I don't have a whole lot to say about it, I did like this book. I've read the rest of the series and they're done in a similar style.

Plot: 3 cupcakes
Characters: 3 cupcakes
Style: 4 cupcakes
Overall: 3 cupcakes

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