Sixteen-year-old Kaye Fierch is not human, but she doesn't know it. Sure, she knows she's interacted with faeries since she was little--but she never imagined she was one of them, her blond Asian human appearance only a magically crafted cover-up for her true, green-skinned pixie self. First-time author Holly Black explores Kaye's self-discovery and dual worlds in her riveting, suspenseful novel Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale. The book has its faults: it slips into shock-value mode; the descriptions are often overwritten (sunset on the water looks like the sun slit his wrists in a bathtub); the language is overly, unnecessarily explicit; and the writing often unpolished. Still, the story's pull is undeniable, and readers under its spell will be hard-pressed to put the book down. The novel begins in a bar in Philly, where Kaye's alcoholic rock-singer mother's boyfriend tries to kill her. For their own safety, mother and daughter quickly move back to grandma's on the New Jersey shore where Kaye grew up. This ugly turn of events was all rigged by the Faerie world, as it turns out, a world Black describes in deliciously vivid, if rather overblown, detail. Kaye, a drinking, smoking, foul-mouthed high school dropout in the land of mortals, soon finds herself embroiled--as a human sacrifice, no less--in a battle between Faerieland's Seelie and more malevolent Unseelie courts. The beautiful, mysterious knight Roiben, torn between worlds himself, falls in love with Kaye--the brave, clever changeling--against his better judgment. Throughout the electrifying journey to the horrific underworld of this modern faerie fantasy, teen readers will relate to a hard-luck tough girl who feels alienated, discovers her best qualities in the worst of circumstances, and finally finds a place between worlds where she can feel at home. (Ages 13 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Not for the hands of teens...Neglectful mother, Abusive boyfriends, a lot of F word, Trailer Trash, Homosexuals, Under Age drinking, a Nomad for 21st Century, this book is not for the faint hearted and definitely needs to be taken off the hands of 18 or younger. Life after Twilight Saga has ruined my future reading references, now it's so hard to find a good book, I am still hoping this is a phase and not some permanence. I love reading and so far nothing is sinking in on me, I'm still looking for the warm-fuzzy feeling that I got through out the Twilight Saga and this book definitely did not help at all. I have to put it down and will return it later at Borders.I am not up to mood with a Dark Novel (at least not this time). Coralyn, a sales assocaite in Borders was kind enough to persuade me on not returning The Host (another Stephenie Meyer), because she said it becomes better chapter after chapter, and she gave me a bunch of list for Sci-Fi Fantasy because it is a rarity to find a good read from this genre. I picked up this one, obviously a mistake. This is a story between a pixie and a knight of Darkness, in short this is a Faerie story (modern day). A truce in the Seelie and Unseelie court is being held and in order for the Fey (the fairies without any courts) to be free for 7 years, they would have to sacrifice a human, hence the title of the book. Kaye, all her life believes in faeries but never actually thought that she was one until the Thistlewitch told her. She was Glamorized to have a half Japanese-Half American with a blonde hair. It was an enticing read until you come across the F words, and all those other parts that I said on my first paragraph. Holly Black writes it well though, beautifully actually, she's talented, it was just too Gothic and Dark for me. I love her other books though, The Spiderwick Chronicles (which I know everybody knew about)