This is one of those rare few books that really shows me why we need a 3 1/2 star rating, and I dont like to give 1/2 stars. The way Holly Black draws her fairy worlds and fairy characters is genuinely so imaginative, gorgeous, and creepy. I dont mean that shes flawed though she is I mean, I actively didnt like her at all, and I love unlikable lady leads. Oh, but I will admit - I fucking love Roiben. I really hate reading YA sometimes because inevitably, if theres some male love interest that everyone fangirls over, the female lead will be unquestionably the best character in the narrative. And do you guys even understand how fucking short this book is? This would be great for fans of any of Holly Blacks current books or anyone who just wants to read a really fun, trashy YA book with a gorgeous fairy world and a really good love interest.
Personally, I absolutely love gritty real-life/fantasy stories when they're written well, and I think Holly Black does the combination so much freaking justice. I never got the sense that Holly Black was trying to impress me; she was just writing about a real girl. For me, Holly Black's writing in Tithe is really hard to pin down. The way she describes things, you feel like you're reading poetry -- I love the detail she pours into Tithe.
It deals with faerie themes like Changelings and the knowing of one's True Name very well, and Roiben is probably my favorite faery hero of all time.
It's the story of Kaye, a changeling, who was put under a glamour to hide her true green-skinned self and lives with her rockstar wannabe "mother", Ellen. It's like listening to a child with ADHD jumping from one thing to the next. By the time the cops got there, Lloyd couldn't remember anything. "Honey," Ellen said finally, "we're going to have to go to Grandma's." So a bit of background info, that's the scene where Lloyd, the dude Kaye's mum is dating, the dude they live with -- tried to kill Kaye's mum. Apparently they're happy with "We're going to have to go to grandma's." and the next scene, they're living with Nana and Kaye's off to some rave like some whacko never tried to gut her mama. I guess what I'm trying to say is the narrative came out as choppy and rushed; it was emotionally detached from the readers, like an exposition of events.
If youre a newer fan of Hollys and havent read her old work, heres your warning: this book involves racist remarks, homophobic slurs, attempted sexual assault, and some potentially sleazy romance dynamics, most of this going entirely unchallenged as the story unfolds. More than anything, though, I just love the way Holly crafts her fae worlds. I have always said that I think Holly is almost singlehandedly responsible for the world of fae YA fiction that so many of us now know and love, and after reading Tithe, despite its imperfections, I adamantly stand by that belief.
But in the meantime, I talk about how much this book changed my life in my review for The Cruel Prince!
Look, what I'm saying is, it's like the author tried to think of all the coolest latest trends among teenagers and tried to mash them into a fairy story.
Im still shocked the two books are written by the same person; but I guess thats proof that writing is a craft that can be improved over time.
I wouldn't read past 30 pages it was too offensive and to think it was published as content for young adults is terrible.