Tithe by Holly Black


Summary: Welcome to the realm of very scary faeries!

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.


3 1/2 stars

Review: I found Tithe exceptionally original. I haven’t found many books about faeries though, and maybe that’s why. Regardless, Holly Black creates an incredibly dark and vivid fantasy world in this novel.

The personalities of the characters were developed exceptionally well. I found myself drawn to Kaye and all her weirdness. Kaye is far from ordinary, which is one of the many aspects that make her so likable. She is beautifully flawed. She is a character who I would be friends with in real life.

Tithe has a good plot, even though it is a bit slow paced at times. One thing I have to mention is that I didn’t feel as if the character transformation or “growth” throughout the story felt believable, it suddenly felt as if Kaye was a completely different person. Also there were times where the fantasy was a bit overwhelming and felt utterly impossible. I did still find it to be quite engrossing, probably because Holly Black is such an incredible writer that it makes up for any aspect of the novel that is lacking something. With all that being said this is not the book that I would use to judge Holly Black’s abilities as an author, this is not her best work.

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