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Rue Silver's mother has disappeared . . . and her father has been arrested, suspected of killing her. But it's not as straightforward 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 ...more
Hardcover, Graphic Novel, 144 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Graphix
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Heidi The Hippie Reader
Rue's mother has always been a little different. She talks to plants, hangs out naked in the yard and seems ageless. Rue knows her mother is not like other parents. But then, one day when her mom disappears, Rue begins to see strange things- creatures with horns in the coffee shop, a winged girl hanging out in the high school hallway- and she realizes that she's different too.

Where has her mother gone and is Rue going crazy?

"You know how sometimes, when you glance at something out of the corner
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Michelle
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
My experience with reading Holly Black has been mixed. My first foray into her work was with the Modern Faerie Tale series - I sadly wasn't terribly fond of them. In grad school, I devoured her Curse Worker trilogy on audio and absolutely loved it. Unfortunately, my reading experience with The Good Neighbors was more akin to when I first read her.

The first problem is the tired and cliché plot. Readers follow Rue, a girl who's always been able to see strange and mysterious things. Her father is
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Frau G.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Was soll ich sagen? Eigentlich stehe ich ja auf Feen und Geschichten um Feen herum. Aber...
Die Zeichnungen sind grauselig. Sie gefallen mir gar nicht und sind nicht ansprechend. Die Personen haben viel zu oft Fratzen statt Gesichter, obwohl der Text eine ganz andere Sprache spricht.
Dann der Inhalt, Rues Vater wird angeklagt mindestens einen Mord begangen zu haben, während auch ihre Mutter plötzlich spurlos verschwunden ist. Und Rue geht trotzdem auf Partys? Macht einen drauf mit ihren Freunden?
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Anh
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is not that good to be honest, a lot of stuff does not make any sense and got me confused . Well is her dad is a killer?? Is she crazy and her mom is?? I don’t recommend you to read this book because it like you in a maze and you can’t get out of it.
Miriam
Jan 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, graphic, ya
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
Jack
Nov 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen, comics
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
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Shannon
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
Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Holly Black fans, Anime and Manga fans
Recommended to Samantha wickedshizuku by: Anniston Public Library
While this was interesting storyline, but this was just to short for my tastes. I didn't care much for the artist either, his lines were to sharp and shading to dark. It's one of the main reasons I don't hold with buying Graphic Novels or comics. They're over priced and/or to short. So how was I finally able to read this? Local Library of course. Now though I'm wondering if they even have the next two volumes.
I don't recommend unless you have all three volumes; if you do then knock yourself out
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Joan
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ughhh I just adore Holly Black 😍
Not gonna lie though, I was a bit skeptical about this book before reading it since I’m usually not a big graphic novel reader, but it turns out that Holly Black + graphic novel = super immersive world and very enjoyable story. All the qualities I love about her as an author translate very well into this format.
Kira Simion
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
Pretty pictures, but too fast (clunky) and sometimes confusing of a plot.
Minna
Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't know if it's my mood or my lack of interest in faeries that made me think this book is kind of 'meh'.

It only picked up speed at the very end. Too slow.
Bry
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Sesana
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
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Hanna
Feb 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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...
Laela
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: y-adult
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.
Leigh Collazo
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I love Holly Black, but this was just okay. Interesting mystery about a teen girl (Rue) whose father is accused of murdering one of his students, as well as Rue’s missing mother. In reality, Rue’s mother is faerie and something has happened to her.

I’m not sure what I didn’t like about it. Maybe the artwork? I don’t know. It took a bit for me to get into the story. I did like the ending. Rue was kind of annoying.

Content: no profanity, some implied drug use (smoking, probably more than a cigarett
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Paige
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel like I've waited for something like this my whole life? Holly Black never disappoints me!
Jill Kenna
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good story. I'm hoping to be able to find the other ones at the library so I can continue reading the story.
Genesis Princesita
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fairies!
Melissa Bennett
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely graphic novel! Had a great storyline and beautiful artwork. Sometimes the faces were inconsistent but was still able to figure everything out. The book jumped ahead sometimes too. Kept going back thinking I skipped a couple of pages but I didn't. Still it didn't take away from the story. Looking forward to reading the next one.
Elizabeth
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
Orrin Grey
Mar 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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)
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Karissa
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in series of graphic novels called "The Good Neighbors" by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh. Looks like right now there are going to be three books. The second one is called "Kith" and it is already out. The third will be called "Kind" and will be out in 2010. I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot. Both the artwork and the story are very engaging.

Rue's mom has disappeared and her dad has been accused of murdering one of his students. As if this isn't bad enough Rue is starting to s
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Laura
Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Laura 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
Alea
Sep 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
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
Jessica
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
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Jake Forbes
Mar 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Slayermel
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoy's fae stories
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
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Allison
May 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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Mia
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
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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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