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Friday, September 25, 2009

Book Review: Tithe by Holly Black

Title: Tithe
Author: Holly Black
Publication Date: October 2002
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Age: 14+
Pages: 331
Series: 1st in a series. 2nd: Valiant (2007) and 3rd: Ironside (2009)
Publisher's website: www.SimonSays.com

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.

(from publisher website)

This book has been out for a while but for some reason I avoided it. When I first discovered it (years after it was written) I'm pretty sure I had had my fill of fairies at the time - having read Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. I had also heard people say how if you read Wicked Lovely first - you wouldn't like Tithe and vice-versa. So! I figured it would be a dud for me and I forgot about it for a while. And then! Well...I don't know why I thought about it again but the point is I did! And I'm glad I did. This book was amazing for me! I really really enjoyed it. It was edgy and witty and portrays faeries in a no nonsense way. They are what they are and Kaye is a part of that life whether she likes it or not.
I really enjoyed the variety of characters - Kaye's crazy mother and overbearing grandmother - Cory, her best friend's gay brother who turns out to be a unlikely friend, of course there is beautiful and dangerous Roiben and The Thiselwitch who I found fascinating.
The first in a series, I'm curious to see where it goes. I have to say, I think I liked Tithe just a bit more then Wicked Lovely. The world of faerie that Black created just appeals to me more. Theirs is a world that exists besides ours but could exist on it's own. I always felt like Marr's fairy world was too dependent on reality - if that makes any sense at all :)
I would recommend this one to anyone who likes a good fairy fantasy story.


  1. Great review, I definitely want to read this one!

  2. This was one of the first YA fantasy books I ever read. I read it way before the sequels came out so I really need to re-read it!

  3. I've been wanting to read this, but I was never quite sure. I'll try to find it though,

    Great review!

  4. I started this one but it didn't grab me. I'm a reluctant UF reader in general. They often come off so "edgey" and distant, which is what happened with this one. I didn't get too far into it unfortunately!


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