Jul 26, 2013

Review: Valiant

Valiant (Modern Faerie Tales, #2)Valiant
Author: Holly Black
Release Date: May 31st, 2005
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Pages: 313
Format: paperback, bought


When seventeen-year-old Valerie runs away to New York City, she's trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city's labyrinthine subway system.

But there's something eerily beguiling about Val's new friends. And when one talks Val into tracking down the lair of a mysterious creature with whom they are all involved, Val finds herself torn between her newfound affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.

My Review:

Valerie spends her days with her friend Ruth, and her boyfriend Tom...that is until the incident. Valerie had plans to see a hockey game with her boyfriend Tom, She told her mom to tell him she would meet him at the subway. When he doesn't show up, she goes back home to find her mom and her boyfriend in a way no one would want to see. Val has seen pure betrayal and runs out in pain, disgust, and embarrassment.

The last thing Val expected was to run into some kids that live on the street that she ends up living with too. The things that unravel in the story keep you guessing through most of the story.

In Tithe, I really enjoyed the story, but I found it through most of the book to be a slower read, I powered through it in a day, but that was because I wanted to read a book in a day to prove to myself I could. In Valiant, I found I couldn't stop. I took my book with me to work which I never do. I work in a store where I have to help customers come in, and I usually don't want to read if I can't at least get a little reading in when I sit to do so. With Valiant, I found myself reading even a couple sentences when I could.

Let me say this, I LOVE spending time with my boyfriend. He is usually one who likes to play video games and I'm begging for just a little time from him some nights. As I started reading this book, I hate to say this, but I was pretty much thinking in my head "please go play your game". I for the first time since I started reading around my boyfriend, was kind of mad that he was wanting to spend the nights with me. I sat around hoping that he would go do something else so I could snag up some more pages of my book.

He ended up going out with friends tonight, and for the first time in the last week, I was able to sit down undisturbed and read. Guess what I did....I plowed through the book.

There are some aspects in the book that some might not like. There is a small amount of sex in the book, but nothing major at all. one mention of her with her now ex, Tom. and then a moment of weakness on 2 characters parts. This is not the part that you guys will not like though. There is a decent amount of drugs as well as the withdrawal and dependency on drugs, though I will say here, it is a faerie type of drug, but still. It is mentioned in a way that other drugs can be taken that are real.

This didn't bother me though, as I kept on with the story and towards the end there was so much going on I just couldn't stop. This is one of the first books in a trilogy/series that I have liked the second book more than the first.

I even was about to skip this book, as it is completely different characters than the first book, so I was thinking I could just skip to the third book till I realized that the 3rd book had both the first and second book's characters tied into it.

I loved the journey of Val and I can't wait to see how she comes into play in the 3rd book. As the first book dealt with pretty much all faeries as in Valiant, Val is not a faerie. I'm very interested to see how she plays out in the story even being human. I loved getting to see the characters change and watch my opinions on all of the change throughout the story. It was nice to not have them all end up the way you think they will in the beginning. All the characters surprise you, and I loved that. Sometimes through the book there was just no way I could guess what was coming next and I found myself smiling at the end of it all. I had to jump up out of bed and run in here to write this review for you all :)

This book has been on my shelf for a long long time and I have to say I am mad at myself for letting them be there for so long. I thought it was going to be dark evil faeries. There is dark faeries in the books, but there are also a decent amount of other creatures that aren't the usual faeries you would expect.

Couldn't Put it Down!


  1. I LOVE this series! Holly Black is a genius, truly. What I love most about the Modern Fairy Tales is that Holly Block doesn't hold back with the grittiness and darkness. These things make her series feel more real to me.

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    1. I completely agree. I was a little scared to read it because so many complained about the darkness, but i think it is refreshing and gives it more depth to the story.


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