[ Read Online Tithe ↠´ beer PDF ] by Holly Black ï Reading for Ugh I don t know where to start with this one so I m gonna jump right in I didn t like it It was all just a raging bunch of WTF for me I mean, it was random My brain hurts so this isn t going to be a very coherent review.
Before I go to my detailed ravings, it s best if I gave a brief overview of what this book was about It s the story of Kaye, a changeling, who was put under a glamour to hide her true green skinned self and lives with her rockstar wannabe mother , Ellen Her life ultimately changes when her mother was almost murdered in a pathetic, lame excuse of an attempted stabbing, and having nowhere else to go, they return to their home town.
Here, Kaye suddenly finds herself reunited with her childhood imaginary friends, who needs her to help them plot against the unseelie court and win the freedom of the faeries Narrative It was painful It s like listening to a child with ADHD jumping from one thing to the next Everything seemed so rushed that you don t get a single connection to the story.
First example of it popped up right there in the freaking prologue.
Frank, Stepping Razor s drummer, grabbed Lloyd s arm Lloyd had just enough time to punch Frank in the face before other patrons tackled him and somebody called the police.
By the time the cops got there, Lloyd couldn t remember anything He was mad as hell, though, cursing Ellen at the top of his lungs The police drove Kaye and her mother to Lloyd s apartment and waited while Kaye packed their clothes and stuff into plastic garbage bags Ellen was on the phone, trying to find a place for them to crash Honey, Ellen said finally, we re going to have to go to Grandma s So a bit of background info, that s the scene where Lloyd, the dude Kaye s mum is dating, the dude they live with tried to kill Kaye s mum And that is literally the single paragraph where it is mentioned I don t know about you, but if my boyfriend suddenly lost his marbles and tried to kill me, I d be in a state of hysteria I d be wondering what the flying fook was that all about I d be dedicating at least an extra paragraph or two to explore the psychological damage that s done me, and probably wrap things up a little smoothly.
But nope not this Apparently they re happy with We re going to have to go to grandma s and the next scene, they re living with Nana and Kaye s off to some rave like some whacko never tried to gut her mama Like wtf is wrong with you people And this sort of thing continues persistently throughout the rest of the book I guess what I m trying to say is the narrative came out as choppy and rushed it was emotionally detached from the readers, like an exposition of events This was happening, and then this, this followed by a whopping amount of this Characters And this is the second reason why I simply couldn t like Tithe I just couldn t relate or even respect any of them.
I m sorry, Black, was I supposed to root for Kaye and her friends Was I supposed to care view spoiler when Janet died hide spoiler Welcome To The Realm Of Very Scary Faeries 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 Tithe is a very raw, very dark faerie tale While not suitable for younger readers lots of swearing, random torture and violence, and mature themes , I loved its take on the darker side of faerie It deals with faerie themes like Changelings and the knowing of one s True Name very well, and Roiben is probably my favorite faery hero of all time Kind of like Sephiroth If you know who Sephiroth is, you ll understand The writing was a teensy bit sporadic and hard to follow at first I found myself going back and re reading passages to understand them All in all, though, a great story for older, mature audiences By the time I got to its sequel, Ironside, I was hooked on Holly Black.
1 5 There s no way I m going to write an entire review for this Nope I m just proud I managed to skim and not give up entirely that s an achievement on its own.
Let me sum this book up for you Imagine a story filled with only unlikeable trashy characters there wasn t a single person or thing I liked I swear, everything was terrible , a nonexistent poor plot, cliche male jerks that are accepted because they re of course extremely attractive, etc.
, and all of that tied in with choppy childish writing Sounds wonderful, doesn t it yeah, no.
Honestly, save your time and read The Cruel Prince by Holly Black it s infinitely better than this I m still shocked the two books are written by the same person but I guess that s proof that writing is a craft that can be improved over time.
Holly Black s writing was my first introduction to fae fiction as a kid, I was obsessed with all sorts of fae mythology, but typically was limited to nonfiction until the first time I saw Tithe on the new shelf at my library I must have checked this book out and reread it four or five times within the first couple of years, but this was my first reread since I was a preteen, and I had no idea what to expect If curiosity killed the cat, it was satisfaction that brought it back.
I had forgotten so much of the plot in this book, and the first thing that surprised me upon rereading it was actually how problematic some of the writing is If you re a newer fan of Holly s and haven t read her old work, here s your warning this book involves racist remarks, homophobic slurs, attempted sexual assault, and some potentially sleazy romance dynamics, most of this going entirely unchallenged as the story unfolds After one character tries to assault the protagonist, there are even one or two instances in which she talks about feeling flattered by his refusal to take no for an answerAnd if I said nothing at all Then I would point out that sometimes, if you look at something out of the corner of your eye, you can see right through glamourOn a positive note, I had also forgotten how totally addicting the storyline is, how fun and gothic the aesthetic feels, and how lovable Roiben is While I stand by the fact that the blossoming romance has potential to be problematic, it genuinely doesn t feel as though Kaye is taking advantage of him with her power over his name Everything comes across as fully consensual, albeit quite a bit rushed and insta loveyI am your servant, the King of the Unseelie Court said, his lips a moment from her own Consider it doneMore than anything, though, I just love the way Holly crafts her fae worlds Unlike most of today s popular fae writers, she stays true to the old folklore in many prominent fashions, and my favorite aspect of that is the way she weaves in different types of feyfolk like sprites, pixies, kelpies, etc I have always said that I think Holly is almost singlehandedly responsible for the world of fae YA fiction that so many of us now know and love, and after reading Tithe, despite its imperfections, I adamantly stand by that belief.
Kaye is obviously incredibly lovely and then it turns out she s a magical fairy Sure her life is hard, but it s the fairies making it that way because she s so important that they re all out to get her Look, what I m saying is, it s like the author tried to think of all the coolest latest trends among teenagers and tried to mash them into a fairy story Kaye is also not anyone s typical teenager She has super special protagonist syndrome.
I found the Faerie described by the author quite interesting and the details of that land were the one bright spot in the novel and along with my boredom probably the only thing that kept me reading.
You name and it and it s not been done very well the writing is messy, the characters are contrived and the romance has all of the warmth of a burned out match.
RTC If you think the only reason I m reading this book is because it s set in the same world as RTC 3
So many people cut down Tithe for its objectionable content, but I was actually able to find a lot of realism in the way most of the characters behaved As I was growing up, the teenagers I knew cursed like sailors and were always trading stories about sex Unfortunately or not, it s a way of life nowadays teenagers are naturally curious I think in this case, Holly Black s choice to include these situations and words make her characters come alive However, that s not all Tithe is about people want to focus on that, but it s only a small portion of the entire book Tithe is different, and some people just don t enjoy or understand how YA can fit that profile But that s the one thing I appreciate about Holly Black her ability to take YA to another level She proves that the genre doesn t have to be a complete trope fest with beginnings and ends that fit together perfectly.
For me, Holly Black s writing in Tithe is really hard to pin down It s like a combination of trippy and poetic The way she describes things, you feel like you re reading poetry I love the detail she pours into Tithe I think my favorite sections have to be when she describes the faeries and where they live she makes it all gothic y and enchanting and it just makes me feel like I have a spell cast over me that forces me to be in this complete daze I can t get out of it if I wanted to I just keep reading every sentence she writes and loving them.