Tithe (The Modern Faerie Tales #1)
by Holly Black
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 the sixteen-year-old 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.
Bookish Brunette thought:
I cannot even tell you how many time Holly Black was recommended to me… And in my typical procrastinatory way, I kept putting it off!
What was I thinking???
I instantly loved Kaye. From the FIRST page when she stuck her cigarette into her mother’s beer bottle! (what? So I’m a tad on the spiteful side…) The characters in this book are hard to rival, Roiben… well I was instantly taken with him (even though he can be quite tough to handle). Kaye’s childhood faerie friends: Spike, Gristle and Lutie-Loo (Um Lutie-Loo? WIN!) actually I can’t go into them much, because I’ll give away too much of the story… But I loved their names!
The entire faerie world that Holly Black created in Tithe is crazy amazing and magical! I could picture each and every detail of the pixies, dwarfs (dwarves?) and fae. Every place, battle and situation was so beautifully descriptive that I was enthralled (enthralled I tell you!) from beginning to end!
I read this in the span of a few hours, I stayed up until like 2 am because I could NOT tear myself away from this book!