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(The Good Neighbors #3)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,443 ratings  ·  166 reviews
From the amazing imagination of bestselling author Holly Black, the conclusion to a mysterious and wonderful teen graphic novel series.

The faerie world has been unleashed on Rue's city. The big question is: Will she stop it and save the world she's always known? Or will she take her place as the rightful faerie heir?

Another fantastic concoction of fantasy and suspense from
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Graphix (first published October 1st 2010)
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Heidi The Reader
Rue's grandfather put his nefarious plan to merge the faerie world with the normal one in motion at the end of the last book. Now, everyone in Rue's town is going bonkers. Faeries are roaming the streets, eating and manipulating humans. The more organized groups of people are fighting back. It's a mess.

"What do you do after the end of the world?"

Meanwhile, Rue has a love triangle going. Her boyfriend Dale has taken up with some bloodthirsty bog faeries and she needs to save him. But, she can't s
Awful story with clunky prose and horrible characters.

Hideous and inconsistent artwork.

Best part: when it was over.

Borrowed the whole series from the library and I'm thankful I can return it back to them.
This was the third and final installment of The Good Neighbors trilogy. I was honestly hoping it would be a bit better than it was, though. The plot was kind of thin, even for a graphic novel, but it was ok.
I sill hate the fugly art. Can't help it. Everyone looks exactly the same!
I would recommend reading all three (The Good Neighbors, Book 1: Kin, Kith, andKind) together in one sitting. They don't take long to read, and I think it would have helped me enjoy them more if I had been able to d
Mandy K
The final installment is extremely fast-paced, to the point of being a bit rushed. Like the first two, the art is very beautiful, except for the faces. This was an interesting story, but I felt that it suffered by being too short. I think some sort of hybrid written novel with pictures would have suited the story better.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Decent ending but it all happened...kinda fast
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sadly, this is the last book in this series. Must look for more books in this category.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm kind of a Holly Black fangirl, I'll admit, so the quality of this trilogy of slim graphic novels does not surprise me one bit. Black has a strong grasp on her version of Faerie, and it is an unkind place indeed, far more the stuff of old stories told to keep children out of the woods than something of light and good cheer. Tinkerbell would die horribly among this kind of fairy. They are the opposite of humanity, vividly alien and terrifying, and it's really rather refreshing.

Another thing Bl
This will be a review of the entire series. Overall I would rate the series around a 3 star.

The story was entertaining, but I did not like the art. The story follows a girl named Rue who has recently discovered she is part fairy. Her mother has disappeared and her father has locked himself in the house out of depression. The first novel follows Rue as she tries to find her missing mother, and also solve a death that took place in town that her father is now being blamed for.

The art wasn't horr
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Melissa Chung
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it
The final book in The Good Neighbors trilogy. This graphic novel was missing something. It had all the parts of a full story: Beginning, Middle, End, but somehow it didn't feel complete.

In the first book you find out Rue is part faerie. That her mom is the daughter of the faerie king. In the second book the faerie king kills himself after cutting off Rue's city from the rest of the world. Before committing suicide Aubrey the faerie king unlocks the faerie world and allows it to flourish in the
Chris  - Quarter Press Editor
I hate to say it, but I think Ms. Black really dropped the ball on this last section--especially after the second book ended on such an unexpected note.

Overall, this really is a roller-coaster of a series in terms of quality. Book one is a bit slow in starting but intersting enough. Book two took the whole work to the next level, then this one just fell flat.

The art is still gorgeous, and I'm glad I finished the series and all, but I just felt let down after the goodness of book two.
2.5 stars. I really wish Holly Black had written these as novels. I didn't care for the artwork at all, and the story was too deep to really be effectively presented in this format. Holly Black does have her signature realistic weirdness here, so that's something, but it felt glossed over. This could have been more. ...more
The first in the trilogy was interesting, intriquing - where was it going? But the second and third began to feel too much like outlines of a longer more interesting story, the depth curtailed by the format of a graphic novel.
Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
This kind of ended how I expected. After reading most of Black's work I wouldn't accept a 100% happy ending.
The art really throws off my enjoyment.
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a good ending that tied up all the loose ends!

I don't understand what the point of murdering all the mermaids but one only to shoot her in the head later? I think the intent was supposed to raise suspense as to whether the mermaid would kill Rue or not, but it was handled so off hand that it failed that purpose. Rue just needed blood from the mermaids, she didn't have to murder them. As the one other fey pointed out, they were only doing what was in their nature. A very dark nature, but
(note: I reviewed the trilogy together. What follows is a response to the three.)

Holly Black creates a complicated story of love and betrayal and it is necessarily dark. That the story is told in a trilogy is perfect because The Good Neighbors is all about threes; triangles are everywhere. It also all about two: author & illustrator.

In the first book, Rue Silver discovers a past that has been kept secret. In the second, the conflicts rise up to meet her in the present, with the consequences of p
Carrie Irwin
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
This series was an excellent reminder that going back and reading an author's earlier work often means the quality will not be that of their current work, which is a good thing. It means that the author is growing and improving, and isn't that what we all strive for?

This is one of those graphic novels where you will miss large pieces of the story if you aren't paying attention to the art, yet at the same time, you will be confused about important parts of the novel if you do pay attention to th
This is third in The Good Neighbors trilogy by Holly Black. As with the previous two books in the series, the drawings are realistic but inconsistent. There were times I was unsure what character was speaking. Rue has discovered what her grandfather was planning and she, with her friends, has to try to figure out a way to stop it. I'm not very clear on how she came to the plan she did, because it was never really fleshed out or discussed. She just tells her friends what to do. I don't know that ...more
Zachary Flye
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
ONCE AGAIN! Once again, I feel like this is too short and small of a medium in which to tell this story. Honestly, that's what really hurt this book and this entire series for me. It's not that the story, world, or characters don't appeal to me, it's more that there isn't enough time invested into getting care for things like Rue's romances, whatever's going on with Dale, or the fact that faeries took over an entire human city, even Rue's own internal turmoil seems pushed to the side in favor of ...more
Lisa Marie
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Well for a graphic novel series I can say that they really do stay mostly the same. Which is good for a point but also a little disappointing because I wanted more in book 1-2 so I was hoping for maybe something in this one. (Nothing really new or different. Just continuation of the story line. It picks right up after the ending of book 2). I would say to get all 3 of the books and read them all in one sitting or so because they all take about 20 minutes to finish. They are quick paced readings ...more
Holly Hughes
Holly Black, I love you. But-


Despite my love for graphic novels and all things illustrations, Kind confirmed for me that this series would have maybe, likely, potentially, been better served as books. That said, perhaps not since the plot for the final instalment fell a bit too flat for my liking, and the conclusion happened too quickly while being annoyingly cliché in all the wrong ways.

The illustrations in this third volume were the most consistent, and I particularly loved the compositio
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Overall I think the series was good but needed fleshing out. I would have loved to see this be at least another volume, maybe two, to develop the characters a bit more. I can see the bones of a plot that I thing in a book form Holly Black would have done justice. I thought that the first book was setting up a series of that could have developed into more but instead it just went into a short and sweet resolution in the next few books. The art also took a lot of getting used to for me, I think a ...more
Lucy Takeda
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really like Naifeh’s artwork. The harshness and jutting lines create a clear warning of the fae.
Rue’s grandfather planned to take over a mortal city. He seems to have succeeded; tress and vines are erupting all over the once human town. However, he has died, and the fae are abusing the humans. Rue is torn by the two feuding sides if her family.
Jennifer Kelly
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall, I really liked these graphic novels. The art is really atmospheric and they were easy to read all in one sitting. Interestingly, I would love to see this story more fleshed out in a standalone novel because I think the substance is there. Great read if you love Holly Black and dark Fae tales.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The finale of Holly Black's "Good Neighbors" series left me stunned! I felt like Rue's character arc could have been explored so much more, however. I think the graphic format limited the depth of the novel somewhat.
That being said, it's a quick and beautiful read. I'd recommend it.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really love Holly Black's writing. The only issue I have is that this series is rather sad and I do prefer books to graphic novels but I couldn't resist reading it. I love her work too much to just skip over it. ...more
Ruth Covington
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2019
I wanted to like this series but it just sort of fell flat for me. The plot development felt rather predictable and I had trouble understanding and empathizing with any of the characters. Oddly it left me feeling apathetic and disconnected, sort of like a faery would ;)
Daniel Cornwall
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
An ok ending to an ok series. I did enjoy Rue's search for a way to be true to both sides of her heritage. And I loved the very practical character of Amanda. She does a great job of weaponizing folklore. ...more
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A nice open-ended ending to the story. I like how this ended. The plot of this story was very simple and straight forward. I think this is a quick fun trilogy for anyone to read. I think this is a lot better than her Tithe series.
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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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