Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale - Holly Black

Kaye is a sixteen year old high school dropout who works and takes care of her mother instead of it being the other way around.  They end up moving in, temporarily that is until her mother shacks up with another loser, with her grandmother.  Strange things start happening and she finds herself in the middle of a war between faeries.  She  believes in her faery friends but never thought she could be one. 

Tithe starts out painfully slow but gets better as you continue to read.  This book is just okay for me and I can't say that I loved it.  Like my complaint for previous books reviewed here, I liked the idea but felt like it wasn't executed as well as it could have been.  I get that Kaye is a troubled teen but at times it felt like I couldn't relate to her and it felt forced. The one thing about her character that I did like was her cleverness and I felt that added a lot to the story. Some of the conversations  between the characters seemed very awkwardly worded.  Because of the style of writing, I would have liked to see more of what was going on with Corny (hate that name!) and Roiben OR from Kaye's first person perspective.  Roiben was my favorite character but I don't feel like I know that much about him.  

Thank goodness that the ending picked up and made the  book somewhat worthwhile.  I did like that the story seemed modern and the imagery was good.  Although I liked the ending, it felt rushed and I would have liked it to wrap up better. This is the first book in a series and  this did leave me curious about what could happen in the next book, so will read it and again  get it from the library.  

3 out of 5 STARS

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