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Kin (The Good Neighbors #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  2,654 ratings  ·  349 reviews
Rue Silver's mother is missing and her father is suspected of killing her. But it's not as simple as that. Because Rue is a faerie, like her mother was. And her father didn't kill her mother--instead, he broke a promise to Rue's faerie king grandfather, which caused Rue's mother to be flung back to the faerie world. Now Rue must go to save her.
Hardcover, 117 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Turtleback Books (first published October 1st 2008)
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A teenage girl finds out she is part Faery. Sound familiar? That's because it has occurred in scores of YA fantasies, including earlier works by this same author. As a story, this is fine, but all the elements were too familiar to me from previous reading. Turning it into a graphic novel is a somewhat novel approach, but I wasn't that impressed by the execution of the artwork. The drawing style suits the story, but the many of the characters looked too much the same, and too old for high school....more
The Holy Terror
This story is somewhat interesting though unoriginal, and it jumps around and tries to pack in WAY too much for a graphic novel. Artwork was ugly and inconsistent to the point where the main character remarks "that's the boy from the coffee shop" and I thought, "really?" and flipped back and they sort of look the same. The main character's face changes so often and gives such ugly expressions that it pulled me out of the story. I'm sorry, but I want nice artwork when I'm reading a graphic novel...more
I read The Spiderwicke Chronicles a few years back, and enjoyed them, but this is still my first foray into Holly Black's solo work. It seems like it's similar to the rest of her books, thematically, so I think I'll enjoy reading the rest of her work. Based on this, I'll enjoy it.

Holly Black's forte is urban faerie, a bit on the dark side. I'm drawn to this sort of thing, so why haven't I read any of her solo work sooner? My bad. Everything about it was appealing to me, characters and storyline...more
This was an interesting story and I think the graphic novel was a good choice of format for it. I don't think it would have been as good as a full blown novel. Even with the addition of the art showing facial expressions and reactions I still felt that the characters weren't as fleshed out as could be, but I am hoping that that will be resolved with the next installment. The plot also seems a bit thin and stretched out which I was surprised by as Holly Black seems to be a fantastic author. Maybe...more
I'm a fan of some of Holly Black's work, but I'm not sure I can add this to the list. Not yet anyway.

The reason I have enjoyed Black's work in the past (The Spiderwick Chronicles, some of her short stories, etc) are because they offered something fresh I hadn't seen in the genre before. While this is the first graphic novel I've seen of any of her work, the story itself felt old hat.

Here is the tale of a teen girl who discovers she is half faerie. Nothing terribly new in the telling of this tale...more
I never read graphic novels...although I feel like I am the sort of person who should. If that makes any sense.

I really enjoyed this one, I love Holly Black's writing and the artist is really good. Only complaint is that I finished it in an hour...and it really felt like half a story. Wonder when the next one will come out...
Jan 06, 2010 Snorkle rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Snorkle by: Meredith L
I was really not impressed with this book. Some parts of it were highly unbelievable and I wondered why they thought we wouldn’t notice these gaps in the narration. Illustrations are nice when they work to perfectly match the text, this book, however, sometimes failed in its attempts. Some of the pictures in this book really threw me for a loop, because I thought the face the character had was completely disproportionate to what they were thinking or saying. Some pictures were just ugly or made...more
At first within the graphic novel Rue seems like a normal teenager who spends time with her friends, frequenting coffee clubs and doing the typical rule bending. However, Rue Silver has always seen things that didn’t exist, that shouldn’t exist. As a child she believed it was due to an active imagination. Now that her mother has gone missing Rue has started to see things again, this time much more vividly. The ‘things’ have combinations of wings, fur, goat’s heads, horns, and pointy ears and are...more
Appeal Characteristics: Stunning Harsh Graphics, Diverse Characters, Faeries, Friendship, Drama, Angst, Relationships, Family, School, I-See-Dead-People

I read this trilogy in one night. I loved the concept and it just reminded me of sooo many different stories...I'd be here all night. This could definitely be a Melissa Marr read-a like...or even the less, lusty version of Laura Hamilton's Merry Gentry series. Anyway, you like faeries and Holly Black...then it's a win situation! I even liked the...more
Orrin Grey
Things I didn't know about The Good Neighbors before picking it up from the library:

1) It was even out yet.

2) It was a graphic novel.

A graphic novel from Holly Black seems something like a no-brainer, and certainly the end result is pretty solid, though not as quite as fun as I would have expected.

It reads a bit like a graphic novel version of Holly Black's YA novels (Tithe, Valiant, Ironside) and a lot like a graphic novel version of what a World of Darkness (or, more appropriately, Changeling)...more
Jake Forbes
I've always enjoyed Naifeh's art, and here, as he plays with ink washes and sexier character designs than before, his work is as gorgeous as ever. The design of main character is a dead ringer for Angela in My So Called Life -- coincidence? Holly Black's faerie story is well told, but in this flood of faerie fiction, it just feels ordinary. Rue is a pretty typical YA fantasy heroine, and the faerie characters we meet map to pretty familiar tropes. I'd be more forgiving of that if the human cast...more
The Good Neighbors: Kin (Book One) combines two of my current obsessions, young adult literature and graphic novels! I haven't read many if any fairy/faerie books so this was a nice introduction. While I didn't totally understand all the faerie lore hopefully understanding will come as the series progresses. Kin introduces several plot lines, from two possible murders, to a suspicious and probably dangerous grandfather to a boyfriend that may or may not have Rue's back.

I loved the gritty feel th...more
Rue Silver's mother has just disappeared, her father has been arrested under suspicion of killing one of his graduate students. Things get worse when Rue starts seeing things that shouldn't be there -- strange people with animal heads and vines that cover whole buildings overnight. You see, Rue's mother is a faerie, and Rue's father broke a promise that he made to the faerie king, who is ready to take revenge for this slight out on the entire human race.

Writer Holly Black already has a strong fo...more
Thompson, Colin The Floods: Good Neighbors, pgs.210 HarperCollins Childrens books. Language~PG, Sexual Content~G; Violence~PG;

This is the first book in a new series. This family’s story is a mix between The Series of Unfortunate Events and the Adam’s Family. The Floods are almost the exact copy of the Adam’s Family. The family consists of a beautiful dark mother, a slightly dumb father, and several weird children one of which is completely covered in hair like Thing. Opposite of what the title...more
This is another Graphic Novel series I accidentally stumbled upon at the library and I’m so happy that I did. The story is dark, mysterious and filled with fae :0) I loved it!

A young girl named Rue hears her parents fight one night and wakes up the next day to find her mother missing. Three weeks later her mother is still missing and her father has yet to leave the house, and she’s starting to notice some strange things around town. Is she going crazy, or is the world crazy? Rue starts to see cr...more
The illustrations are really good and dark.

However I think people have to put good drawing aside and think about plot for a second. It was disjointed and didn't make a lot of sense. The bulk of the book was confusion and hard to understand, and just like a typical "book for reluctant readers" aka... short books to make money off of. The book ends and you have to buy another 18 dollar book.

I'm sad to notice a trend of things like this. Claiming it'll make kids want to read and then charging a l...more
Fred Dickson
I was really put off by the artwork for some reason, it just didn't work at all for me. The characters designs were barely recognizable from panel to panel, and everyone looked far older than they should have. The plot was alright, but incredibly predictable.
Thankfully graphic novels are quick reads so I don't waste too much of time. I'm just too much of a traditionalist. I want my tales told linearly and I want my questions answered. And, um, that doesn't happen in most graphic novels.

Rue is a goth girl whose mother has disappeared and whose father is in a deep depression. And she's started seeing things--goblins and fairies and other weird looking people when she's out and about. Her professor father is arrested for the murder of a university stud...more
I would give this one 3.5 stars. I thought the story was fascinating. A teen girl discovers that she's half faerie and has to decide what to do about it. She thought she was a typical teenager until her mother disappears and her father is accused of murder. The cliffhanger ending makes me want to read more. However, I wasn't crazy about the artwork. Some of it is brilliant but it doesn't appeal to me. I had trouble recognizing the main character in some of the frames because she didn't look the...more
The story was interesting, but lacked depth. My favorit thing about graphic novels is the various levels which give it meaning--the words, the pictures, the order and position of the picture, the empty space. The Good Neighbors seemed to fall into the catagories of corney and forced rather than excel in intelligence and multi-levels. Because it was a quick read (again, because there wasn't much to it), I'm not sure if it was a waste of time, but I'm also not sure if I will read the rest of the s...more
Rue is a smart punk kid with a hot singer boyfriend and a close-knit group of friends. But then her mother disappears, her father is blamed, and she starts seeing people with wings and antlers...

There's not a lot new to this story, but I like the way Black tells it. Her teen characters always feel believable to me, and I appreciate the inclusion of subcultures and characters of color--they make the world feel more real. Plus, the art is great. I'm looking forward to the next book.
Aliyah (Solitude 'n Books)
Few Spoilers Ya'll

Like all other books by Holly Black, KIN is not remarkable. It's unique compared to the works of other young adult authors, but not nothing new by Holly Black since the MODERN FAERIE TALES series.

The story is almost the same as TITHE - young girl finds out that she's half faerie. Both mother and father are either not present throughout the story or are really screwed up. The main character dresses "unique", if ripped stockings, army boots and piercings can still be considered...more
I love Ted Naifeh's work and have enjoyed all of Holly Black's novels that I've read so far so I was really looking forward to reading this. It does not disappoint and I'll be picking up the rest of the series. There are some minor continuity issues here and there, but nothing that takes away from the overall work. Like Courtney C. for teens, which is meant as high praise.
To be completely honest, I'm not impressed. At all. Being a fan of the Spiderwick Chronicles, this was immensely disappointing. There were gaps in narration often. The major and minor characters weren't developed in the story-line or drawings to be honest. The character's faces and bodies seemed to change at times--for instance, there was a picture of the mom that looked nothing like her. The plot wasn't very well thought out. The main character's appearance bothers me. I just didn't enjoy this...more
I picked up this series on a whim while at the library this week. I hadn't read anything about the series prior to that but was intrigued by the possibility of a good faerie story.

Let's start with what I enjoyed about these books: the inclusion of many different faerie folk and an art style that lent itself well to depicting such creatures.

Other than this, the story was pretty predictable. I don't think anyone will be surprised by the ending. Additionally, the story was very choppy; transitions...more
First off let me say I love Holly Black. I think she does great work, this whoever is notone of them. I found the plot to be very disjointed and I kept swapping back to the previouse page to make sure I hadn't skipped pages. I like the idea of the book, I just felt it wasn;t fleshed out enough.
Mildly interesting but derivative, though arguably a better fit for Black's talents than the Spiderwick Chronicles. In this case, the story is made more palatable by the sepulchral, if occasionally awkward, artwork of Ted Naifeh.
Lovely art, but the story was....well, Ted Naifeh wasn't the one writing it. No humor, no whimsy, just a lot of doom-glooming by supernatural fae and angsty teens....which is hardly new, and ended before it really got going anywhere.
I'm not usually a fan of the fantasy genre, but this graphic novel sucked me in with its edgy visuals and strangely compelling storyline.

The Good Neighbours is the first installment of a long running series, and I doubt I will be reading the rest of the books. But I really enjoyed the illustrations and the dilemmas faced by the book's leading character, Rue. I found myself turning the pages, unable to stop reading about a young teenager who discovers she's half-faerie and finds her world turned...more
Rue's mom disappears and her dad is accused of her murder. Rue knows he is not guilty, but her disappearance is filled with fear and questions. She begins to she otherworldly creatures and is beginning to feel like she is going crazy. Finally, some of these odd events make sense when she finds out that her mom is a faerie and faerie blood is in her veins, too.

Kin: The Good Neighbors is very Holly Black(ish). Dark, slightly creepy, with haunting undertones. It will very likely appeal to
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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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