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Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie (Modern Faerie Tales #2)

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When seventeen-year-old Valerie Russell runs away to New York City, she's trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city's labyrinthine subway system.
But there's something eerily beguiling about Val's new friends. Impulsive Lolli talks of monsters in the subway tunnels they call h
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ebook, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published May 31st 2005)
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Nozomi
Mar 04, 2009 Nozomi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fae, sold
I think the main reasons most people don't like this series, older adults and parents especially, are because:
a. they don't want their own children, whether young or old teenagers, to be exposed to such drug/profanity use, even though most teenagers have already been exposed in high school settings, even as young as middle school, and/or
b. they can't possibly believe that teenagers have actually lived in poor conditions.

I have to admit that this book's not as good as the first, Tithe. But I d
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Heather
Apr 13, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, urban-fantasy, 2010
I hated loving this book. Having read Black's Titheand Ironside, I was none to keen on reading Valiant. Black has a penchant for writing about the scourge of human society, leaving me with a sense of filth, and therefore compelling me to exfoliate. None the less, Black’s writing is so perversely alluring, that she all but grabs you by the neck and drags you into the story.

Val is impossible to describe. She’s a shell of a girl. In possession of one lezzie best friend, a mohawk donning boyfriend,
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Cait (Paper Fury)
I am so so confused. MY LITTLE BRAIN IS CONFUSED AND IT DOESN'T LIKE THIS FEELING. So this book really doesn't connect to the first in the trilogy, Tithe. I'm not opposed to series all being narrated by different people...but I gotta admit it's not my favourite. And I felt like this was 90% sucky teens making sucky decisions and being stoned all the time, and 10% actual faeries. I wanted faerie lore and magic but...I got drugs. WELL I AIN'T A HAPPY LAMB.

I definitely still like Holly Black's writ
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Lisa Litberg
I have mixed feelings about this book. I found the idea of the story captivating. Faeries are real, and they walk among us, hidden by glamour from human eyes. And they aren't necessarily good faeries--like humans, some are good, and some are stealthy. 17 year old Val discovers this world when she runs away from home and lives under the New York subway tunnels. Through unforeseen circumstances, she ends up indebted to a troll, delivering potions to faeries. But faeries are being poisoned, and Val ...more
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Amanda
Apr 24, 2008 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: posers, wanna-bes and those looking to flush their lives away
I hated this book from the first page.

Strong words, I know, but let's just have it out.

Trite, lame and basically a waste of tree. The plot was blurg, the characters were frighteningly unenthralling, the writing was fair, but you can find decent writing on the back of a cereal box.

The one book's one saving grace was a troll and though the idea was cool, it was hardly enough to save the entire horrible mess.

To rant in depth, I have to start with the drug thing. Magic as a drug (seen it! and it
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Kristen
Nov 07, 2008 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teen fans of fantasy novels
Valiant by Holly Black


Valiant by Holly Black is a very intense teen-fantasy novel about a seventeen-year-old girl named Valerie Russell-also known as: Val. Valiant is Holly Black’s second novel. The first to her collection is Tithe. Both of these books are beautifully written and tie into the world of faeries and trolls and things of such nature. Black is an avid collector of scary stories, creepy dolls, and crazy hats.

Val is this amazing character who changes drastically throughout this book.
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Claire
Jun 24, 2007 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Charles de Lint
I was a bit disappointed when Valiant didn't start up where Tithe ended. However, I quickly got over it.

This story follows 17-year-old Val Russell who runs away from her dysfunctional home within the first few chapters. In a moment of shedding her confusion, she embraces a new identity and shaves her head, leaving everything behind. She also finds herself in the company of three homeless teens--Lolli, Dave, and Luis who live on an abandoned subway platform.

Eerie and strange, Val finds herself c
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Sookie
Aug 19, 2007 Sookie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 16+
Many people loved Tithe and the Spiderwick Chronicles (though I haven't read those, I've only read Tithe) and they're very highly recommended books.
I was a little more than dissapointed, though, when I read Tithe.
The language was very vulgar, and the characters not very lickable at all.
And there were numerous other things that bothered me about that book.
When Valiant came out, I delayed in reading it.
I decided it was time to read it last week.
And this is all I have to say about it-
It's almost t
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Anastasia シ
Really boring..... nothing really happens...

Edit: December 20,2012

Can't bring myself to finish this novel....



Liz
Jul 30, 2008 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I didn't really care for this book. I think if I was 16 into punk and dressed all in black it would be great. It had quite a bit of language and a "situation" with the mom and the boyfriend that made me want to up-chuck.
JM
Mar 01, 2008 JM rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to JM by: Sarah Rees Brennan
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Majo
Aug 28, 2015 Majo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Majo by: Mitticus
*2.5*

Cuando empecé este libro no pensé que fuera a gustarme y durante las primeras páginas quise abandonarlo, porque no parecía mi género.

—¿Crees que eres un héroe?
—No, creo que tú eres un villano.


Eso resume bastante bien la trama, Val no es especial, no tiene dones y no sabe nada de las hadas. Solo es una chica común que, al huir de casa, se ve envuelta con mensajeros, trols y hadas. La historia parece sencilla al comienzo pero se complica con los repentinos asesinatos de hadas que compromete
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Wickedlyunique
Jan 04, 2011 Wickedlyunique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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Maree
Mar 12, 2013 Maree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I assumed a book titled like this would have a male protagonist (maybe because Black's curse workers series does), but I'm so glad that Val was our girl. She was awesome from the get go. And while some parts might have stretched believability, I was willing to mostly go along with it.

I was surprised by how the book started, with Val sort of just taking off instead of being thrown into it. I liked it and it's different-ness, how it made Val a kind of different hero, one who was i
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Ana Rînceanu
original read: 2009

I can only imagine one reason why this book is the most unpopular of the Modern Faerie Tales series and it has to do with the fact that it pushes a lot of buttons: runaway teens experimenting with homelessness, drugs and love, gender stereotypes being ignored (our heroine is the sword fighter and is referred to as Prince Valliant) and, blasphemy upon blasphemy, our male lead is not drop dead gorgeous. But those are all things I like and are done well here. I prefer this book t
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Sandy
Sep 11, 2008 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, i-own-it
This second book of the series has a whole new cast of characters. Val, a seventeen year old girl from New Jersey, runs away to New York City after she walks in on her boyfriend and her mom. (I know, gross!)

Val ends up living in a subway tunnel with a bunch of homeless teens - finds out that fairies are real - makes friends with a troll - becomes addicted to some fairy "drug" her friends call Never - and must win the heart of the one she loves.

I really liked this one. Eager to read the third in
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Erika
Jun 20, 2009 Erika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Valiant, like Tithe, is a gritty, visceral nose dive--this time into the streets of New York City from small town New Jersey where adults are messy, intrusive plot elements and skeezy boyfriends are even worse.

After catching her boyfriend making out with her mother on their living room couch, Valerie runs away to New York City where she makes quick friends with Lolli (Lollipop), Dave, Luis, and a kitten--a ragtag bunch of teens who dumpster dive for their meals and live in the subway tunnels ben
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Angie
Originally reviewed here.

I have retellings on the brain right now. So you'll have to bear with me, as this is one of my favorites. VALIANT is the second book in Holly Black's excellent Modern Tales of Faerie trilogy. I read Tithe back in the day, and it immediately became my favorite Tam Lin retelling. I've been somewhat his and miss with that tale, and this angsty teen version of it worked remarkably well for me. So my introduction to Ms. Black was a fine one. When VALIANT came out, I didn't k
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Janus Vielle the Erudite Artist
Valiant, the second book from Holly Black’s “Modern Faerie Tales” series, starts of after Roiben, from Tithe, became King of the Unseelie Court. But the story isn’t about the characters from Tithe; it opens us to the life of Valerie, a human who basically falls in love with a faerie – a troll to be exact.

Valiant reminds me of the well-known tale of “Beauty and the Beast”, somehow told in a dark, profane, rebellious world; although, there was a part that the tale was more like “Beast and the Bea
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Katlyn Quinn
Jan 02, 2011 Katlyn Quinn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better than the first (can it be possible? It is! It is!) Valiant is not a continuation of the Tithe tale per say, but some of the characters come together in the third book. Instead of following with a normal sequel, Black has created an entriely new set of characters in the world of faery, whom you fall in love with just as quickly.

Thank you, Black, for making me 'see' your story in a bleak world of (mostly) talentless writers. I have never been to NY, nor lived in a subway, nor taken fe
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Darci
Jul 08, 2010 Darci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-books
SO many people seem to despise this book and I really have no clue why. Sure they state why, but to me it's not true. It is probably because they are older adults (even 20 year olds) reading a YA book that is definitely meant for teens. This book to me was pure gold. The author's creepy way of describing the old and true folktale of faeries and telling faerie tales how they are meant to be told. Children from a young age are mislead by thinking faeries are nice, perfect, beautiful, and lovely th ...more
Jonathan Young
Jan 25, 2016 Jonathan Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5*

Full Review: http://mountfandom.tumblr.com/post/13...

Spoilery thoughts.
Like seriously Dave can leave. He seemed so nice until the strange glamour-love scene and then he shows his true colours and it's disturbing. Really disturbing.
Ruth showing up again was totally awesome and so good for Val. Lolli was fading her quirks and borderline irritating personality made Ruth so much more important. It really marked the turning point when Ruth showed up. Her being there seemed to really pull Val for
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Courtney Wells
Whether or not you approve of it, I think we all know sex, drugs, angst, and vulgarity are part of the teenage atmosphere. I'm sure some people look at Valiant and feel it's a dark interpretation of an adolescent mind, but Holly Black is just being honest with herself, with us, and the target audience she's writing for.

Frankly, I'm glad there are books like Valiant on the shelves. More than that, I'm jealous. When I grew up and was in the hormonal throws of puberty I didn't have novels like this
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C
Sep 10, 2007 C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Ironside "series" features an entirely different set of characters from the first, which may disappoint readers just coming off a Tithe high. While I certainly missed those other characters, I personally found many of the new characters to be more dimensional and more intriguing than Kaye. My only major complaint is that the initial presentation of Val's character (i.e., the way she was perceived at school) and the circumstances that cause her to run away felt forced and s ...more
Christy
Aug 24, 2007 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in Black's modern Faerie tale series. All the standards are here--faeries, trolls, quests and companians--but updated with a modern twist.

This book is listed as a young adult novel, but it does include adult language (swearing) and adult themes (sex and drug addiction). This didn't bother me at all, but it might bother some people.

Overall, a great story. Worth reading if you like fantasy... even if you aren't a young adult.
Hannah
Aug 27, 2015 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
2.5
Aisha Monet
I always like the end of Holly Black's books more then anything else
Myndi
Jan 22, 2017 Myndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series appears to be a "stand alone series" in that they don't appear to follow the same story line. The world is the same and there are some cross over characters, but this is not a continuation of the story started in Tithe.

In this volume, the main character is human and after discovering something that horrifies her about her own life, she runs into the city and falls in with some people who know about fairies. Again, this is a much more mature type book than I would have thought it to b
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Katya
My first encounter with faeries in YA was with Aprilynn Pike's Wings ... and that didn't go all too well. But then there were The Replacement and Wicked Lovely and... well...

I shan't look at Tinkerbell the same way again.

I read the Spiderwick Chronicles when I was in middle school and fell in love (it had a devastating effect on my allowence, but what love doesn't?). I simply adored those books - the creatures, the action, the lovable characters. I was unsure what to expect when I picked Valiant
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Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in ...more
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Modern Faerie Tales (3 books)
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