A Modern Faerie Tale

Paperback - 2004
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Sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon Pulse, 2004, c2002.
ISBN: 9780689867040
Characteristics: 331 pages ;,18 cm.


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You can tell that this was Holly Black's first foray into Faerie, and the writing and content here are...subpar compared to how she writes now.

Kaye has always been odd. She made friends with the little faeries in the forest when she was little, and has been able to see them when no one else could. Now, after an incident in a bar that sends her and her mom back to live with Kaye's grandma, she finds herself just as ill-fitting there as she did when she was little. But after she rescues a Faerie knight in the woods, things begin to happen, undeniable things that lead Kaye to an unimaginable truth, and how she deals with that truth could have consequences for the Seelie and Unseelie courts alike.

I really love it when you can see how a writer hones their craft and develops their style over the course of their books. This one was like that; I could pick out shades of Holly's style and her trademark snarky characters, but it's just not quite there yet. This book felt like three separate books rolled into one, and it felt like who Kaye is, her previous lives, her friendships, and her Fae connections are all unbalanced and presented in a way that never really surprised me.

And I guess that this one is a product of its time, in that way. It was published in 2002 and it has that TVD, angsty paranormal vibe, but it doesn't devolve into some of those tropes, so it has that going for it. It is a straightforward story of a girl thrust into Faerie, and though it's unsurprising, that's not to say I didn't enjoy it. It felt like 2002, which could be a blessing and a curse, and yet it was also timeless in a way that some of the books of those times aren't. There were just a few scenes that made me go "wow...early 2000's huh...".

So, yes, I will continue with these books as I eagerly await Queen of Nothing, because I'm excited to see how Holly's writing shifts and grows over the course of this first Faerie series. Is it her best work? No. But is it intriguing enough to continue with? Absolutely.

SPPL_Violet Mar 17, 2018

Urban fairy story about a girl and fairy boy. Magic, romance, broody teens, family dysfunction, and all of the fun makings of a fantasy YA novel about fairy and human worlds colliding.

Nov 16, 2017

Holly Black is a very talented author, and I read tithe in about 4 hours. It was one of those books that is just hard to put down once you get started.

That being said, throughout the entire story, I felt like the author was trying a little too hard to be edgy. There are more ways to create an imperfect, flawed lead character than by making her a cigarette addict. She parties a lot (not unusual), she is completely unambitious, and pretty much just goes along with whatever is happening. She is not very head strong or determined.
Her most redeeming quality, and the one that seems to attract the sexy, faerie warrior love interest, is her cleverness.

This story did not feel very original to me, however, that may be because I read it right after reading Holly Blacks, Darkest Part of the Forest. I found DPF to be a much more interesting read, with better characters. That being said, I have book two in Modern Faerie Tale series on hold and I will read it.

Aug 29, 2015

Excellent work by Holly Black as per usual. Her faery stories are just awesome.

Jul 11, 2014

Really good!

Mar 29, 2014

12/12 - I have been looking forward to reading my first Holly Black book for ages, more keenly since I saw it coming up in the queue of suspended holds at my local library. You see I have a system (I like systems, plans, self-imposed missions, that kind of thing) where I always have a library book ready to be picked up. I always have 10 books on hold (the library's limit), and I suspend them so that they don't arrive all at once meaning I wouldn't have time to read them all in my allotted three weeks. I stagger the suspension end dates so that I have about two weeks to read each book as it comes in (plus any others that catch my constantly roving eye). So, I could see the suspension end date for Tithe was coming up over the last few weeks (I'm at the library website, or the actual building as often as I am here) and I was getting excited, which lead to excited speed-reading (and a spontaneous, but not unexpected dumping) of all the books I had out leading up to today, when I borrowed Tithe. Just out of curiosity I had a quick peek at a few of the reviews for the book here and over at GR. They might be the anti-christ, but there are a few things they still do better (like collating ratings and reviews), so I will use them until their betrayal outweighs their usefulness (or I have no friends left there). From the top-listed reviews I see that Black is a contentious author and I'm either going to absolutely love Tithe, or throw it in the fire in disgust. I hope that I'm in the former camp, because I don't like to read books I don't think I'll like (or even think I'll hate). The only time I've done that was reading FSoG and the sequels (because I had to know what happened and I hated being the only person on GR, seemingly, who hadn't read them). Anyway, after staying up an hour past my self-imposed bedtime (which isn't strictly enforced) to get a head start on this review, I'm finally going to go to bed and get started on the actual book I've just written a long paragraph about, without having read a word. Night, night. To be continued...

Jan 21, 2014

liked it enough to take out the next one...

Nov 21, 2013

Though it started out a little bit gritty, I really enjoyed this book! If felt very similar to "Wicked Lovely" by Melissa Marr in the way that it pulls you into the fantasy world. I can't wait to read the sequels.

Jun 04, 2013

This book was magnificently created and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I was suprised by the outcome and cannot wait to read the next one in the series (if there is a next one of course).

A very good read! Holly Black does an extremely good job of describing a very dark,twisted world of faery.

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