Sunday, January 19, 2014

Book Review: Tithe by Holly Black

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 Kaye 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.
My Review

Tithe is a dark and gritty YA urban fantasy where the difference between good and evil is a thin veil and not all things are what they seem.
This is an interesting story that moves along at a steady pace, pulling you along with it. Kaye can be a little clueless and annoying, but mostly she's an enjoyable character. My favorite character was Roiben, the darkly mysterious and dangerous fairy knight.
If you have a problem with strong language, you may want to steer clear of this book. But if that sort of thing doesn't bother you, and you like the genre, you might find this to be a good read. There are a few surprises and plenty of danger for Kaye and her friend Corny.
In a way, this book kind of reminds me of Twilight, but with fairies instead of vampires. Also, the romance isn't the main plot point, which is probably why I kind of liked this book but I didn't like Twilight at all.

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