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Tithe by Holly Black
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Sep 10, 07

Read in January, 2003

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 more sympathetic, and Roiben's stoicism and inner conflict make him a deliciously imperfect hero.

The plot is gritty and exciting, with fairly good pacing, if a little rushed toward the end. Adults and teens alike can enjoy this gem of a book.
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