Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Blurb: (from goodreads) Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms -- a struggle that could very well mean her death.
Me: First of all, wow blurb. How more specific can you get. It doesn't really tell much about the actual story. So, Kaye is a teenage girl who has given up school and is just kind of hanging with the wrong crowd, when she suddenly meets an injured faery. She has had encounters with them before when she was little but then she moved and never saw them again. But now, she finds herself entangled into the world of faeries, and she is stuck between the two kingdoms, she must choose where her loyalty lies.
The Ups:Fast-paced, thrilling, and a different take on faeries. It was a really nice story line, with some great characters. I also loved that she had this life with her mom who didn't really care about what she did. I liked how the author wrote-not to please her readers but to tell the story, and the romance(can you even call it romance?)/passion was really nice as well.
The Downs: I feel like the entire concept of the story was just so hard to understand. Like the entire "Tithe" thing was really hard to grasp for me, and I had to reread it a couple of times, which was disappointing because that's the title of the book. The Unseelie court and the Seelie court thing was hard to get. I also feel like one of the most important deaths in the book (to Kaye, anyway) was just done to make Kaye mourn for something. I really dislike it when authors just kill of characters..
Rating: 3 kisses out of 5!