Posted on Monday, August 29th, 2005 at 2:18 pm under Children's/YA, Fiction, Science Fiction / Fantasy

Title: Tithe
Author: Holly Black
Genre: Children’s/YA

Why I liked this book: Tithe is the kind of YA novel that puts the “Adult” in “Young Adult”. Holly Black’s grip on the realities of teenage life – particularly the dark, gritty, growing-up-too-fast side of teenage life – is superb, and her descriptions are sharp and evocative. Equally important, I believed in her characters, fantastic as they are.

Most faerie tales are about the good faeries, about sparkles and joy and light and happy… about the Seelie Court of faeries. Black’s heroine Kaye discovers that she’s linked to the Unseelie Court. There is no joy. There is no light. The sparkles all have a twisted, menacing force behind them. The Court is a scary, scary place — but it can still make a hero out of an unlikely young girl.

This isn’t the sort of book that appeals to everyone — adult or teen — but it’s a tightly written adventure with memorable characters — and some amazingly wicked visions of faeries dancing through the plot.

This book is available at Crumb Library… coming very soon!

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