Audio Review: Tithe by Holly Black (Audio)

From Brilliance Audio: Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she drifts from place to place with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient and violent power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms — a struggle that could very well mean her death. “Debauchery, despair, deceit, and grisly death—what more could you ask for from a fairy tale? . . . A luscious treat for fans of urban fantasy and romantic horror.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review “The exquisite faeries haunt as well as charm. . . . A gripping read.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review.

I read Tithe in 2009 and it was the fourth review here on this site. And by review I mean spoileriffic walk through. I remember liking the book but I didn’t think it was anything to write home about, I also had just started reading YA. So when Brilliance Audio sent me Tithe I was super excited to get back into the world because two years later I still missed Kaye and Roiben and am able better qualified to review YA.

The narrator Kate Rudd has read Daughter of Winter and Alice Bliss along with many Cliff Notes versions of fun classics like Frankenstein. Her voice is lilting and really enabled me to re-enjoy Tithe and enjoy it more this time around. Her pronunciations are at times odd to me and I think that added to the mysteriousness of this title.

Even if you have read Tithe previously I do recommend grabbing this audio version for your commute or cleaning time.

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Review: Tithe (A Modern Faerie Tale), by Holly Black

Holly Black from Spiderwick Chronicles fame, had quite a break out novel with Tithe. I read the book over a couple of days and while I wasn’t immensely immersed in the novel, it wasn’t so bad that I threw it down in disgust either. It was a simple read, with an easy plot line to follow, no graphic sexual texts, although the book does reference the subject with innuendo.

The story follows a changeling named Kaye who has no idea that she is a Faerie herself, finally finds out the truth about her origins and why she felt like she just didn’t fit in. Kaye had always seen the ‘folk’ as they were called, she just didn’t know she was about to be a lot more linked to Faerie’s than she had been as a small child.

Kaye’s Mom was a rock and roll chick who fronts a band, she couldn’t tell Kaye much about her dad except that it was a drunken night on tour that created her. I really liked Black’s vision of Kaye as a naturally blond, Asian chick. The description kind of stays with you throughout the novel, when so many times the description of a character is lost or just doesn’t stay in your brain for the whole reading of the book. A night gone wrong at her Mom’s gig, sends them home to Grandma’s in Jersey. Kaye was excited to get back to her Faerie friends from her childhood.

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