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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tithe - Holly Black

Read for the RIP V Reading Challenge.

Kaye has lived a nomadic life for most of her sixteen years – following her mother’s rock band from city to city. An attack on her mother sends them home to her grandmother’s house in New Jersey, and against this surprisingly gritty (for a YA novel) backdrop, Kaye’s life is changed forever.

When Kaye was younger, she’d had faery friends, three visitors that would come to her at night. It turns out that these friends weren’t imaginary, and Kaye finds herself drawn into the age-old struggle between the Seelie and Unseelie Courts.

I picked this book for this challenge because the back begins with the tag “Welcome to the realm of very scary faeries!” Apparently, I should have remembered that this is a YA novel, and taken that with a grain of salt. While I did think that this was a fresh take on the Seelie and Unseelie Courts, and had a great dose of the less pleasant side of the real world, I didn’t find it particularly scary, and I don’t think that that’s just because I’m twice the age of this book’s demographic. So in that aspect, this book was a bit of a disappointment to me.

Still, the story was overall good, and I’d be happy to read more books by this author.


Kailana said...

I liked this book, but the next book was rather dull. I still haven't read book 3... One of these days!

Megan said...

Good to know. I'll keep that in mind when trying to track it down.