Tithe by Holly Black Online

Tithe
Title : Tithe
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9780689867040
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 332

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 rWelcome 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 Reviews

  • Shannon

    I'm going to be up front this series? You will either love it or hate it. Personally, I absolutely love gritty real-life/fantasy stories when they're written well, and I think Holly Black does the combination so much freaking justice. It doesn't try too hard to be overly badass. Kaye is such a great lead -- although I don't always see myself in her actions throughout the book, I still liked her because she was real. I never got the sense that Holly Black was trying to impress me; she was just wr [...]

  • Julie Kagawa

    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 my [...]

  • manda

    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 ultima [...]

  • Mary-Beth

    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 intere [...]

  • Cait (Paper Fury)

    I was warned Tithe was going to be dark. To which I thought, "Ooh, yes likee me please. DARK BOOKS ARE GREAT." Buuuut I have to admit, it wasn't THAT dark. After one reads books like Red Rising and An Ember in the Ashes.ha. It takes a lot to chill me. BUT ANYWAY. I did like Tithe even though I thought it was going to be more evilly darker. Obviously there are plenty of creeptastic faeries and death everywhere and blood splatters and YEAH IT WAS QUITE GOOD AND I LIKED IT. I confess I didn't love [...]

  • Amber Baker

    If I could have given it 0 stars I would have. To publish this as a young adult novel is horrifying. I wouldn't read past 30 pages it was too offensive and to think it was published as content for young adults is terrible. It would be R rated as a movie. Not only was the f word used liberally throughout the few pages I read, teens were drinking, smoking and hinting at being sexually active. NOT something I would want my kids to read, or myself. I normally wouldn't dream of rating a book without [...]

  • Juushika

    As a child, Kaye had faery friends; throughout her life, she has always been unusual. Now, following an barfight, Kaye and her would-be-rock star mother return to Kaye's childhood home. There, Kaye meets another faery, and discovers that her childhood friends really do exist and that she is far more unusual than she ever suspected. She soon falls into the middle of the power struggle between two rival faery courts, a struggle which could easily spill into the human world. Tithe is a mix of wonde [...]

  • Thomas

    "Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale" is about sixteen year old Kaye Fierch, a girl who has been moving around with her single mother for her entire life. At a young age she has been able to see and interact with these things called faeries, although no one believed her. Then one day, she enchants a boy into falling in love with her and makes a broken, splintered horse move. Soon after that event she meets a young faerie night named Roiben, and that is just the start of her faerie adventure.Hm okay, the [...]

  • Natalie

    I ended up reading this book by accident. It was recommended to my 14 year old, Gini. She began the book and then brought it to me saying that she didn't feel it was appropriate for kids and that she, personally, had no interest in a heroine who consistently made such poor life choices. Well! I decided to read it to see what the deal was. This book was recommended for kids 14 and up and Gini has read books that were definitely adult reading level and she LOVES faery. The problem with this book f [...]

  • Beatriz

    Reto #29 PopSugar 2018: Un libro acerca de o ambientado en HalloweenLa verdad tenía altas expectativas con este libro, las que sólo se vieron cumplidas en el último tercio, en que la acción y el argumento van in crescendo hasta un final que, para mí, fue absolutamente satisfactorio. En retrospectiva, lo que se narra en las dos primeras partes era necesario para el desenlace, pero con un estilo que no atrapa, incluso un poco aburrido. Afortunadamente la lectura es simple y rápida, por lo qu [...]

  • Giulia

    3.25 starsHalf the fun's in lies we tell ourselves.My favorite thing about faerie books is always their eerie atmosphere. I don't mind gory horror, but what I truly love is that creepy feeling I get with mysterious and intriguing books like this one. And while Tithe did not leave me in awe, it was still very well-written, and it kept me hooked from beginning to end. Holly Black is one of my favorite fantasy authors. She wrote The Curse Workers trilogy, my favorite urban fantasy series of all tim [...]

  • Rebecca ♥ Ash, Kishan, Magnus ♥

    This was so much fun! I started out very unsure about it, since it was recommended to me by a The Iron Fey fan, I was expecting something else. But Tithe is far darker than The Iron King. It was very thematic and I was thrown off by the heroine's heavy drinking, smoking, swearing, and shoplifting, a girl of 16. But once I got acquainted with its world different is not necessarily bad.Kaye attracts the attention of a gorgeous fey of the Unseelie Court, a knight. Roiben has the whole victim-of-cir [...]

  • Seth

    Summary: comfortably predictable storyline with some huge plot holes, but more than fun enough to read. Just make sure it doesn't put off Weetzie Bat or other masterpieces of the YA genre. This book is marred by one major flaw that doesn't affect most of the YA set: bad things happen--both on- and off-stage--to sympathetic characters around our protagonist and no one cares. Several "best friend" character die, the two mothers are left bereft of their children, a small child is abandoned to the f [...]

  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*

    Hidden Gem buddy re/read with the YA & Beyond crew!I find it highly intriguing how John Milton & Paradise Lost show up in this book right when I'm starting Traitor Angels. Just a thought.It went fast, but I'm glad I decided to reread this. I blew through nearly half of it in two hours last night and wrapped up the rest this afternoon -- I think it's a testament to Holly Black's skill that even though I flew through this book I was never bored and skimmed minimally. I liked how the world [...]

  • Kimberlayy º

    i couldn't finish this book and i WON'T finish it. it is horribly stupid and swears like 10 times a page. it is all about cigarettes, drinking, and freakky people in dark alleys. WHAT THE HECK?! i couldn't believe what was happening in the book; it was disgusting!! ew! ew! i learned a lesson from this book: DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!

  • Rachael

    Kaye has always been different. She’s Japanese and a natural blond. She stopped going to school when she was fourteen because her musician mother kept them moving around. But what made the other kids really back away were the stories about her friends Gristle, Spike, and Lutie-loo. Everyone thought they were imaginary because no one besides Kaye could see these creatures. That’s because Kaye’s friends were part of the world of Faery.Kaye is dragged farther into this dangerous world when sh [...]

  • Heather

    I find it rather hard to choose what type of review I would like to write, positive or negative. I suppose mine will be a bit of both. One the one hand, I have to give Holly Black credit for attempting to write characters that do not fall within the norm. Not everyone is of a certain race, hair color, eye color, personality type, etc. and it is refreshing to read something other than a Mary Jane. I can also appreciate any author who is daring enough to include sex, cussing, and drugs into their [...]

  • C

    Romantic without being too soft and edgy without being too harsh, Holly Black's first entry effortlessly draws you into the alluring and alternately horrifying world of the fey.When I first began reading Tithe, I was afraid that Kaye's background/lifestyle would be too gimmicky, but Black gives her just enough depth to be likable (though I personally never felt intimately connected to her). Corny, on the other hand, is such an odd combination of qualities that I found him very believable and mor [...]

  • Alaina Meserole

    I knew nothing about this book before I started to read it. I mean, I pretty much just picked up this book because it helped fit a category in a reading challenge, cool title, I like butterflies, and a new author all wrapped in one? Heck yeah, get in my hands and come home with me book!I love any kind of fairytale or retelling book so I was super excited for a modern faerie tale! However, Tithe has kind of left me torn. I have no idea how to write out this book review. WHY? Well because I assume [...]

  • Angela

    Bad execution of a good idea, 1.5 stars, December 9, 2009 Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, the first book in Holly Black's faery trilogy, introduces readers to a dark and twisted world of Faerie. Sixteen-year-old Kaye is the daughter of a rocker mom who moves from town to town before an act of violence pushes them back to New Jersey. Kaye thinks the faeries of her youth are a thing of the past, but soon, her world starts changing as she learns that she has been chosen as a sacrifice between faery co [...]

  • Andrea

    Call me conservative, but I just can't believe this was a young adult book! There was so much swearing in it (more than most adult books) that just wasn't needed that it distracted from the plot of the book. That doesn't generally bother mebut it did with this book.

  • Bark

    4 1/2 stars Tithe's inner blurb states that it is a young adult fantasy tale written by a brand new author with an exciting and imaginative voice and, for a change, the raves are true! If you're into darker edged fantasy, where the faeries are more likely to wound tender flesh than sprinkle one with faery dust, where sex, violence and various debaucheries are all part of a typical day in the faery kingdom, then do yourself a favor and buy a copy of Tithe. It's the perfect book to chase away the [...]

  • DarkHeart

    I was really looking forward to this book, despite the mixed reviews, and I wasn't disappointed. Black created a wonderful and gritty world. I know some reviewers have complained that Kaye and her life were unrelatable - but that's okay. Not everyone's life is perfect, and some teens do cuss and drink and dabble in drugs. (It's got the same dark quality as Melissa Marr's books - more favorites of mine.) I actually think that made her more interesting and realistic.Kaye's transformation into the [...]

  • Roshani Chokshi

    I used to be ridiculously anti-social at family parties and hide out with this book. TITHE was so formative for me as a writer. Unapologetic and gorgeous. TITHE tore off the wings of fairytales and gave them fangs, claws and thorns. I wanted to be Kaye so badly I'd sometimes wander around in my backyard looking for a wounded elf prince. Sadly, no paranormal paramour for me. Although I did date a boy with werewolf sideburns. (I still am, but his sideburns have lost their lycanthropic enthusiasm). [...]

  • Rebecca McNutt

    This modern YA fantasy novel brings in all kinds of themes, and the urban New Jersey setting made it all the more intriguing.

  • Chelsea

    Series ReviewTithe: 3 starsValiant: 2 stars (barely)Ironside: 3 1/2 starsI am a huge fan of Holly Black, specifically her writing style. Both The Darkest Part of the Forest and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown were five star books for me, and this is coming from someone who typically gets bored by fantasy after a chapter or two.There’s something about Holly Black’s writing style that is so lovely and dark and perfectly fitting for the stories she tells.With the release of The Cruel Prince, which [...]

  • Elizabeth

    Perhaps I'm not really into the whole "modern faerie" concept. Or maybe this book was just bad.It's a shame because Kaye was a good character. I liked her because she obviously wasn't a Mary-Sue, but she wasn't the stereotypical bad girl either; she definitely had a lot of good in her. She was quite interesting, as were the other human characters. And for anyone that says they were unrealistic, you must have had a very privileged upbringing indeed. I went to high school with kids like Kaye and h [...]

  • Meep

    I really did not expect to enjoy this book. I thought it was going to be really lame, but I was pleasantly surprised. I checked it out from the library one afternoon and finished it that day. I found myself feeling like Kaye's friend, sympathizing with her while she lusted after Roiben (a trait I normally cannot stand in a female protagonist, but because she had a personality and Roiben was, well, very attractive, I found it really compelling).My favorite part was when she mentioned shounen-ai. [...]

  • Elizabetha

    Kaye es una jovencita de 16 años con una vida poco común. No asiste a la secundaria, trabaja repartiendo comida china y cuidando de su madre quien, en su intento de ser una estrella de rock, la arrastra de bar en bar.Todo comienza a cambiar cuando deben volver a su ciudad natal a vivir con su abuela, mientras su madre busca nuevamente trabajo como cantante en alguna banda y un lugar independiente donde alojarse. Entonces Kaye volverá a reencontrar a viejos amigos, quienes no sólo son humanos [...]

  • Arielle Walker

    Any book that becomes hyped up to the point of legend is a bit nerve-wracking to read. If it's great then, well, all as expected. If it's bad, the let-down is disproportionately huge. And if it's neither? Even worse - if it's both? How to respond?!For me, Tithe is one of those super-hyped books that I expected to be utterly perfect and instead left me feeling totally ambivalent towards. Parts were wonderful, deliciously dark faerie fantasy. Other bits I did not care for at all. "Corny" was one s [...]