Tithe: A Modern Fairy Tale (The Modern Faerie Tales, #1)
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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 Kaye 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 f...more
Paperback, Alternate Cover Edition for 0-689-867042, 331 pages
Published 2008 by Simon Pulse (first published October 1st 2002)
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
*Hello, I am here to make this review less hostile and less trollish sounding. Yaaaay.*

Okay, so ... Obviously, I did not care for this book. People seem very split on this one; people seem to either love it or hate it, and I found myself more in the latter category.

I thought it had a good concept. I like a good faerie story, something that ties in old faerie mythology and whatnot. And I admit, I was drawn to the cover because––well, look at it. It's pretty neat. And I think people might have re...more
Shannon
I'm going to be up front... this series? You will either love it or hate it. I personally really love gritty real-life/fantasy stories when they're written well, and I think Holly does the combination so much freaking justice. It doesn't try too hard to be overly bad-ass. Kaye is such a great lead. Although I don't always see myself in her actions, I still liked her because she was real -- I didn't get the sense that Holly was trying to impress me. She was just writing about a real girl. And hon...more
Mary-Beth
Kaye is obviously incredibly lovely and then it turns out she's a magical fairy. Sure her life is hard, but it's the fairies making it that way because she's so important that they're all out to get her. 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. Kaye is also not anyone's typical teenager. She has super special protagonist syndrome.

I found the Faerie described by the author quite intere...more
Julie Kagawa
Tithe is a very raw, very dark faerie tale. While not suitable for younger readers (lots of swearing, random torture and violence, and mature themes), I loved its take on the darker side of faerie. 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. (Kind of like Sephiroth. If you know who Sephiroth is, you'll understand.)

The writing was a teensy bit sporadic and hard to follow at first. I found my...more
Amber Baker
Jun 24, 2008 Amber Baker rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Amber by: list on Amazon
If I could have given it 0 stars I would have. To publish this as a young adult novel is horrifying. I wouldn't read past 30 pages it was too offensive and to think it was published as content for young adults is terrible. It would be R rated as a movie. Not only was the f word used liberally throughout the few pages I read, teens were drinking, smoking and hinting at being sexually active. NOT something I would want my kids to read, or myself. I normally wouldn't dream of rating a book without...more
Juushika
As a child, Kaye had faery friends; throughout her life, she has always been unusual. Now, following an barfight, Kaye and her would-be-rock star mother return to Kaye's childhood home. There, Kaye meets another faery, and discovers that her childhood friends really do exist and that she is far more unusual than she ever suspected. She soon falls into the middle of the power struggle between two rival faery courts, a struggle which could easily spill into the human world. Tithe is a mix of wonde...more
Amanda
Ugh. I don't know where to start with this one so I'm gonna jump right in. I didn't like it. It was all just a raging bunch of WTF?! for me. I mean, it was random. My brain hurts so this isn't going to be a very coherent review.

Before I go to my detailed ravings, it's best if I gave a brief overview of what this book was about. 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. Her life ultima...more
Natalie
I ended up reading this book by accident. It was recommended to my 14 year old, Gini. She began the book and then brought it to me saying that she didn't feel it was appropriate for kids and that she, personally, had no interest in a heroine who consistently made such poor life choices. Well! I decided to read it to see what the deal was. This book was recommended for kids 14 and up and Gini has read books that were definitely adult reading level and she LOVES faery.

The problem with this book f...more
Seth
Summary: comfortably predictable storyline with some huge plot holes, but more than fun enough to read. Just make sure it doesn't put off Weetzie Bat or other masterpieces of the YA genre.

This book is marred by one major flaw that doesn't affect most of the YA set: bad things happen--both on- and off-stage--to sympathetic characters around our protagonist and no one cares. Several "best friend" character die, the two mothers are left bereft of their children, a small child is abandoned to the f...more
C
Romantic without being too soft and edgy without being too harsh, Holly Black's first entry effortlessly draws you into the alluring and alternately horrifying world of the fey.

When I first began reading Tithe, I was afraid that Kaye's background/lifestyle would be too gimmicky, but Black gives her just enough depth to be likable (though I personally never felt intimately connected to her). Corny, on the other hand, is such an odd combination of qualities that I found him very believable and mor...more
Thomas
"Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale" is about sixteen year old Kaye Fierch, a girl who has been moving around with her single mother for her entire life. At a young age she has been able to see and interact with these things called faeries, although no one believed her. Then one day, she enchants a boy into falling in love with her and makes a broken, splintered horse move. Soon after that event she meets a young faerie night named Roiben, and that is just the start of her faerie adventure.

Hm... okay,...more
Rachael
Kaye has always been different. She’s Japanese and a natural blond. She stopped going to school when she was fourteen because her musician mother kept them moving around. But what made the other kids really back away were the stories about her friends Gristle, Spike, and Lutie-loo. Everyone thought they were imaginary because no one besides Kaye could see these creatures. That’s because Kaye’s friends were part of the world of Faery.

Kaye is dragged farther into this dangerous world when she save...more
Andrea
Call me conservative, but I just can't believe this was a young adult book! There was so much swearing in it (more than most adult books) that just wasn't needed that it distracted from the plot of the book. That doesn't generally bother me...but it did with this book.
DarkHeart "Vehngeance"
I was really looking forward to this book, despite the mixed reviews, and I wasn't disappointed. Black created a wonderful and gritty world. I know some reviewers have complained that Kaye and her life were unrelatable - but that's okay. Not everyone's life is perfect, and some teens do cuss and drink and dabble in drugs. (It's got the same dark quality as Melissa Marr's books - more favorites of mine.) I actually think that made her more interesting and realistic.

Kaye's transformation into the...more
Barks & Bites
4 1/2 stars

Tithe's inner blurb states that it is a young adult fantasy tale written by a brand new author with an exciting and imaginative voice and, for a change, the raves are true! If you're into darker edged fantasy, where the faeries are more likely to wound tender flesh than sprinkle one with faery dust, where sex, violence and various debaucheries are all part of a typical day in the faery kingdom, then do yourself a favor and buy a copy of Tithe. It's the perfect book to chase away the...more
Heather
I find it rather hard to choose what type of review I would like to write, positive or negative. I suppose mine will be a bit of both.
One the one hand, I have to give Holly Black credit for attempting to write characters that do not fall within the norm. Not everyone is of a certain race, hair color, eye color, personality type, etc. and it is refreshing to read something other than a Mary Jane. I can also appreciate any author who is daring enough to include sex, cussing, and drugs into their...more
Meep
Apr 22, 2008 Meep rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fantasy fans, people looking for interesting female protagonists
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I really did not expect to enjoy this book. I thought it was going to be really lame, but I was pleasantly surprised. I checked it out from the library one afternoon and finished it that day. I found myself feeling like Kaye's friend, sympathizing with her while she lusted after Roiben (a trait I normally cannot stand in a female protagonist, but because she had a personality and Roiben was, well, very attractive, I found it really compelling).

My favorite part was when she mentioned shounen-ai....more
Meredith
The best thing about this book was by far the poetic style; the phrasing and descriptions were beautifully atmospheric and generally readable. As a teenager, I must say I found the excessive swearing, violence, and sexual references a relief; the teen characters were all the more relatable for the omnipresent language and innuendo. Holly Black definitely remembers how teens think. I don't care if it was just there for the shock value; I rather enjoyed reading a book that wasn't (unintentionally)...more
Kimberlayy º
i couldn't finish this book and i WON'T finish it. it is horribly stupid and swears like 10 times a page. it is all about cigarettes, drinking, and freakky people in dark alleys. WHAT THE HECK?! i couldn't believe what was happening in the book; it was disgusting!! ew! ew! i learned a lesson from this book: DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!
Megan
Tithe is a difficult book for me to rate and review. While reading this, I couldn't help but feel that I would have had a much more enthusiastic reaction to it had I read it when it was first published. But now, nine years later, protagonist Kaye comes off as slightly Mary Sue and Tithe doesn't quite stand up to some other YA books with a urban fantasy/paranormal twist. Furthermore, this book involved a lot of older teen issues (such as drinking, sexuality, skipping school) yet the fantasy aspec...more
Angela
Bad execution of a good idea, 1.5 stars, December 9, 2009

Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, the first book in Holly Black's faery trilogy, introduces readers to a dark and twisted world of Faerie. Sixteen-year-old Kaye is the daughter of a rocker mom who moves from town to town before an act of violence pushes them back to New Jersey. Kaye thinks the faeries of her youth are a thing of the past, but soon, her world starts changing as she learns that she has been chosen as a sacrifice between faery co...more
Phoebe
Have you ever read a novel and wished you'd found it sooner? It might seem strange, but even though I'm a frequent consumer of YA, I rarely find myself wishing I'd read a book when I was a teenager. Usually, I'm just glad for the experience; many YA writers craft immersive worlds and likable characters so skillfully that their works feel relevant despite the fact that I'm 26 years old. And it's not quite that I felt I was too old for Holly Black's Tithe, the story of a New Jersey teenager who le...more
Laura
Dec 19, 2007 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: pre-teen/teenagers
What I remember from Tithe are the characters and several extremely vivid scenes from the book. The sun "bleeding into the ocean as if it had cut its wrists", as Kaye described it, her friend Corny and his gay-fantasy fairy who wore the iron crown, his cape of thorns, and the fruit he had Corny eat that created a scene of pure humiliation for the boy. The carousel scene, where Kaye first accidentally enchanted a friend of hers into loving her, and made a broken carousel horse rise on non-existen...more
Chantele Sedgwick
Not finished due to profanity. Among other things. :(
Elii Vela
4/5

Me gustó. Kaye me atrapó desde el primer momento, con su búsqueda de identidad, de un lugar en donde encajar y del amor hacia su madre, pese a todo lo mal que la han pasado. Ella es una chica especial, y todos la consideran rara porque es capaz de ver hadas, la única que no la juzga es su madre, y por un lado es padre esa confianza e independencia que le da, pero por otro es definitivamente una alcahueta ;)

Pensé al principio que todo se movía no lentamente, pero sí con un ritmo un tanto pausa...more
Jessie R
Wow.. Where do I even start? I was extremely disappointed in this book to say the least.. It was a badly written, bi-polar, triple decker poo sandwich that I had a really hard time swallowing! I have no problem with swearing, sex, smoking or drinking in a book. (Which, if used in the proper context, can make some characters seem more believable and fleshed out.)
In this book though, I find that it mostly dominates the first half of the story.(I use the term story loosely.)

The second half of the...more
Gina
Wow...three words sum this book up: purple cat suit.

Yes, in between the obscene amount of swearing, sex, and drug use in just the first few pages of this book, there is also, no joke, a girl who actually wants to wear a purple cat suit. At this point in the book, I realized that this was not the book for me, or for anyone who had actually read a good book for once in their lives.

There was no redeeming quality to this book. The plot is laughable and confusing. The characters are annoying and flat...more
Michelle
Being a huge fan of the Spiderwick Chronicles, I was rather delighted to find that Holly Black had put out some books of her own. I decided to devour Tithe first--and let's just say I got food poisoning.

The story is hardly inviting, even from the beginning. I continued to read on, still slightly interested to see where it was going. I kept praying for it to get better. Unfortunately, it never did.

What I ended up reading felt like the outline for an R-rated Barbie Fairy Princess movie. In short,...more
Tim Guthat
I just finished Holly Black's Tithe. I've read her Spiderwick books but had not sought out her other works. Then one day (as they say), one of my students was reading it. I ask her if she liked it. She said, "not really" and asked if I wanted to read it. I said sure...

I am going to dispense with the plot summary except to say that it is about a young girl living in modern-day New Jersey and the adventures she has among the Fey. It is intended for young adults, but I would not want my 12 year-old...more
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Holly Black is a best-selling author of contemporary fantasy novels for kids, teens, and adults. She is the author of the Modern Faerie Tale series (Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside), The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), and The Good Neighbors graphic novels (with Ted Naifeh) The Poison Eaters and Other Stories, a collection of short fiction, and The Curse Worker series (White Cat, Red Gl...more
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