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(The Good Neighbors #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  4,337 ratings  ·  579 reviews
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, 128 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Graphix
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Mara YA Mood Reader
Okay so The Cruel Prince NEEDS to be a graphic novel!!

I’m new to graphic novels but I turned to them while in a huge reading slump and I’m glad I did.

I found this little gem randomly at my library, excitedly snatching a Holly Black something, I didn’t care what as long as it was Holly Black, off the shelf. And now I’m kicking myself for not also grabbing books 2 and 3 as well!

I loved it. I couldn’t stop thinking about The Folk of The Air series as a graphic novel edition (like The Mortal inst
Heidi The 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
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
Newly Wardell
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Why can't finding out you're half faery ever be a good thing? This angst fuelled yarn starts depressingly with a disappearance and a murder charge. It pretty much just gets progressively darker with little to no character development. The illustrations aren't good enough to save it. Its pretty and awful. ...more
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it
A perfectly fine fairy fare, beautifully drawn. Just doesn't have the Cardan-type oomph.
This was an interesting story, but I kind of hate this art style so idk if I'm going to continue it. ...more
This was a decent enough read although I think I personally have aged out of Black's particular style of teenage scumbag meets faerie world story lines. If my library had the next volume I would probably check it out but I definitely didn't like it enough to buy the rest of the series. Still, if you are really into her Modern Faerie Tales series I think this will be right up your alley. ...more
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.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
3/5 stars!

This is basically just Tithe but I am very excited to see what romance I’m sure Holly stirs up.
Jan 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic, fantasy, 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
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
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
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-owned
To be honest at the beginning of this story I was not fond of it. Even though I know Ted Naifeh is capable of incredible art, the art in the book just looked ugly to me (at one point I figured this was just to unnerve the reader as the story went from confused teen to something darker.) Still...between some of these faces, at least one moment when I thought one of Rue's friends hands was getting large like he was ready for a Foo Fighter video (upper left panel on page 31 where his hand seems lar ...more
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.
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.
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
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Hanna Sandvig
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...
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. ...more
Mandy K
Kin managed to tell a lot of story in a short amount of time. The artwork was beautiful for the most part, but I very much did not like the style of the faces. This was engaging and interesting, but I feel like it would have done better novel style, or some kind of hybrid.
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
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphics
!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel like I've waited for something like this my whole life? Holly Black never disappoints me! ...more
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. ...more
Genesis Princesita
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would have liked it to be in color, but this was still a fun graphic novel. It reminded me TMI in some ways, but with faeries instead of demons.
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. ...more
May 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
So i read this graphic novel series really fast... And much to mu disappointment, I didn't like it. The cruel prince was entertaining, this was not. It was confusing, and very fast paced and the ending was kind of...meh.
Half way through i was like....Like what was the story about? Okay, the blurb and the story does not match. This plot is seriously messed up.
Most of all, WTH is Nia? What kind of messed up mother is she? She's not terrible but extremely confusing.
I wish this graphic novel ha
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who enjoy reading graphic novels
We really enjoyed reading The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. Since then, we've jumped at the chance to read more of Ms. Black's books.

We've also enjoyed reading the Courtney Crumrin books by Ted Naifeh. So, when I saw this graphic novel, I was eager to borrow it from our local library.

It's a dark and troubling tale that is just the first of three books in The Good Neighbors series by this author/illustrator team.

Rue Silver’s life has turned upside down. Her mother has
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Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty fantasy novels for kids and teens. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award and the Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. Her books have been translated into 32 languages worldwide and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house ...more

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