Yep, I guess I'm officially a Holly Black fan in all her morose, haunting glory. What can I say, I like characters that are a tad bit dark, less-than-...moreYep, I guess I'm officially a Holly Black fan in all her morose, haunting glory. What can I say, I like characters that are a tad bit dark, less-than-perfect, dare I say trashtastic. I attempted to read Tithe almost two years ago, but my Mercurial temperament that day must have been on the, shall we say petulant side, for I couldn't for the life of me get into this tale. Fast forward to well, now, and I'm all about Tithe. Sometimes this happens to me with a book. It's rare, but it has been known to happen. All I can say is I'm glad I decided to pick this novel back up. I have the Curse Workers to thank for that.
Tithe is a tale of a girl/faerie meets boy who's a faerie knight of the nasty Unseelie court. And there you have the basic setup. If I'm a betting girl, I would say fans of Wicked Lovely would be more inclined to read this series than say the Iron King, which was too childlike for my tastes, not edgy enough, or really at all. Tithe has some bite to it, some grit, it's edgy. So yeah, it was a fun escape read and I'll definitely be continuing on. I must say, if I had to pick my fave faerie out of all the fae-centered books I've read (FYI: I'm not so much a fan of fae stories), Roiban is definitely one of my favorites, next to V'lane of course.(less)
**spoiler alert** What is it with the main character passing out during the denouement, the epic battle, whatever you want to call it? (By the by, I'm...more**spoiler alert** What is it with the main character passing out during the denouement, the epic battle, whatever you want to call it? (By the by, I'm referring to the books where the POV of the main character is written in first person.) It irks me like no other. Two words: How Convenient! Aside from that, what I couldn't get over with this book was how it kept building and building how Lena was maybe, possibly going to turn evil on her 16th birthday because according to the authors, that's what happens to her kind when they turn 16. That was the lore that was set up. Then, lo and behold, you FINALLY reach the end of the novel only to discover that, oopsy, it's not on her 16th birthday, it's actually her 17th. So stay tuned for the sequels in other words. Also, I skimmed through the parts of the book where they were in school. Wholly unnecessary and pointless and boy oh boy did they drag on and on and ... I didn't find it necessary. I did enjoy the magical elements though. But those were few and far between. And, well, this book was painfully boring. Needless to say, I will not be continuing on with this series to learn what happens when Lena turns 17, surely to be told that the curse is actually on her 18th birthday or book three, and so on and so forth. (less)
I don't know what it is with Rick Riordan. He has strong beginnings to his books that completely reel me in and then add in my absolute love for anyth...moreI don't know what it is with Rick Riordan. He has strong beginnings to his books that completely reel me in and then add in my absolute love for anything and everything mythology and one would think I'd be a crazed fan of his writing. Nope. Somewhere along the way, he throws in everything about mythology and the kitchen sink. It's complete overkill, to the point where I'm drowning in facts. And then what happens to me: I feel like I'm in school getting a lecture, my mind wanders, and I'm bored. And I can't forget to mention he resorts to childish humor. I know, I know, this is a YA book. I wish his books could stay strong, like his openings. This is what happened in the Red Pyramid. The beginning gave me chills, he used the exact same formula, IMHO, he used in the Percy Jackson books, throw in every Egyptian god or goddess that ever existed, a battle ensues, and there you have it. I felt like it was the same book except it had pyramids instead of coliseums. (less)