Monday, May 21, 2007

A Dark, Edgy Modern Faerie Tale...

Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale (Simon & Schuster, 2003) by Holly Black, the first book in her Modern Faerie Tale series, is a dark and edgy YA fantasy.

The heroine Kaye is unique in her survival abilities and living an unsteady lifestyle with her mother who is a musician. But when an attack is made on her mother's life, they return to Kaye's grandmother's home where she spent time growing up with her "imaginary" friends.

As Kaye tries to hang out with her old best friend, she starts to experience strange occurrences, and discovers her imaginary friends are not as fictitious as she thought.

One night she helps save someone's life...a faerie knight...and that is when Kaye's life begins to ultimately change forever. Her past is not what she had believed and she is not who she always believed.

Though the story is not too graphic, it has all the dark elements of a faerie fantasy with the Seelie and Unseelie court, and the gritty struggle between kingdoms that seem to have no boundries. This story keeps you enthralled with the unique world-building and romantic fantasy. I recommend this book for the older YA reader.

Tithe is a enthralling, dark fantasy to keep you up well into the night. :)

6 fresh comments:

TinaFerraro said...

It sounds great, Kelly. Thanks for telling us about it!

Kelly Parra said...

You're welcome, Tina! You know me, I love to blab about books. haha! :)

Erica Orloff said...

Looks awesome. And I LOVE the cover.
And the title. Just intriguing.

Kelly Parra said...

Erica, I know the cover is just so cool!!

justina said...

Love the review...and love the book!

Guess what? Holly Black is joining readergirlz in August to chat with fans.

(Great blog and CONGRATS on your books!!! There's been such wonderful buzz about them.)

Kelly Parra said...

Thanks for the congrats, Justina!! And wonderful about Holly on RGZ. Sounds like fun!! :) :)