Tithe – Holly Black (Modern Faerie Tales #1)


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Fantasy Series #1 | Young Adult

4/5 Arrows

What is it about?

Kaye has always known she was different, or “weird”, and it’s not just because she had to drop out of high school to take care of her rock band mother. When they are forced to move in with Kaye’s grandmother, Kaye finds out that her imaginary friends from childhood were real. Real faeries. And they need her help.

Was it good?

I’m not a huge fan of the smoking/drinking/in love with the second hot guy she meets kind of girl. Despite that, this book was very catching. It had me thinking about it at random points throughout the day and I even tried talking to my husband about it. I enjoyed reading it and I am looking forward to reading book 2, although I’m a little more excited that the second book has a completely new set of characters and story line.

The Young Adult Heroine:

Kaye was not my favorite person, and I don’t think we would be friends with each other, but I think she tries to do the best she can even if she doesn’t always think through the consequences first. That’s probably because she’s so young.

As a 29-year-old, I think I’m getting a little tired of reading young whiney girls perspectives in saving the world. (I just read Shield Breaker, Carve the Mark, Toil & Trouble [review forthcoming], and this!)

Is there no one my age with a strong constitution and clear sense of right and wrong, or is 29 too old to make a difference in the world?

Of course, if it were me that were asked to sacrifice everything in order to save my world, I would have to think long and hard about how that would effect my children and also discuss it with my husband. Perhaps that is why authors don’t write about people like me.  

The world might end, but I don’t have a babystitter. (And if the world DOES end, wouldn’t I want to be with the people I love most?)



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