Jul 17, 2013

Review: Tithe

Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales, #1)Tithe
Author: Holly Black
Release Date: October 1st, 2002
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Pages: 331
Format: paperback, bought

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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:

This is a story about Kaye. She is a 16 year old following her mother around as she sings lead for bands. One night she ends up having to move out of her mother's boyfriend's apartment, so the two of them have to move back in with her grandma. When there she remembers her past with her "imaginary friends" that everyone called them though Kaye knew they were faeries.

As Kaye gets caught into the two different worlds you follow her on her journey and are learning to see who the true enemies are. Things aren't always what they seem.

I first didn't know how I felt about this novel. Kaye smoking cigarettes all the time and coming across as a, sorry to say it, but slut who doesn't care about anyone even her mother. Black is also bad in the beginning of throwing out big words, I guess just because she can. I had to try to look up several words which was annoying for me because I don't want to be doing that every few pages. I was feeling first this might be a DNF: Did Not Finish book. I ended up telling myself to make it at least 70 pages in and when I reached those pages I knew I had to keep reading.

I'm not a very fast reader, heck it took me an entire day of reading, like 8 hours to read 331 pages, but I was happy to do it. I told the boyfriend I wanted to read once I was sucked into the pages so he spent the day playing video games as I poured into the pages.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and loved learning about all the characters and watching Kaye change throughout the story. I did have a few times where there was so much going on I was catching myself skimming some of the paragraphs to get back to the good stuff. I wasn't trying to do it, my brain was doing it for me. I would go back and read what I skimmed though telling myself it was cheating.

I'm officially calling myself a faerie fan because I seem to be sucked into the pages of any faerie book that I read even if I say I'm not that type of person, I'm now admitting I am. I have had this trilogy on my shelves for YEARS. Always like I don't know if dark faeries are my thing, but this wasn't what I was expecting, which is a good thing. I wish I didn't wait so long to read it.

Now I'm off to read book 2!


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