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ISBN13: 9780689867040
ISBN10: 0689867042
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A dark, twisting faerie adventure in modern-day New Jersey, featuring a dysfunctional teen living an illusion, Tithe is filled with haunting characters, from a beautiful man she can't seem to get rid of (and isn't sure she wants to) to her childhood "imaginary" friends. Danger is imminent, ready to rain blood and chaos down on the American countryside with unknown forces. This is sure to be a mystic tale you just can't put down.
Recommended by Carla, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

This much anticipated sequel to the New York Times Bestseller Impossible – a fantasy full of suspense, mystery, and romance – will appeal to fans of Beautiful Creatures, Raven Boys, and Wicked Lovely.

Fenella was the first Scarborough girl to be cursed, hundreds of years ago, and she has been trapped in the faerie realm ever since, forced to watch generations of daughters try to break this same faerie curse that has enslaved them all. But now Fenellas descendant, Lucy, has accomplished the impossible and broken the curse, so why is Fenella still trapped in Faerie?

 

In her desperation, Fenella makes a deal with the faerie queen: If she can accomplish three acts of destruction, she will be free, at last, to die.  What she doesn't realize is that these acts must be aimed at her own family – and if she fails, the consequences will be dire, for all of the Scarborough girls.

 

How can she possibly choose to hurt her own cherished family – not to mention the new man whom shes surprised to find herself falling in love with? But if she doesnt go through with the tasks, how will she manage to save her dear ones?

Review:

"Tripping the dark fantastic with newcomer Black means pixie dust may very well include blood spatter, sharp thorns and bits of broken glass. At the center of this edgy novel is Kaye Fierch, a 16-year-old 'Asian blonde' who spends most of her time taking care of a would-be rock star mom. When her mom's latest boyfriend turns homicidal, they return to Gram's house at the New Jersey shore, where Kaye hooks up with childhood friend Janet and her gay brother, Corny Stone. Stark images ripple through the third-person narrative, offering clues to Kaye's internal state (e.g., 'She loved the serene brutality of the ocean'). A covert sexual overture from Janet's boyfriend precedes Kaye's nighttime encounter at the edge of the woods, where she meets and rescues Roiben, a mysterious Black Knight with silver hair. Throughout, the author subtly connects Kaye's awakening sexual feelings in the real world and Roiben's sudden appearances. Kaye soon discovers that she is a changeling — and that her one-time 'imaginary' faerie playmates want her to pretend to be a human, so they can use her as the Tithe ('the sacrifice of a beautiful and talented mortal') to earn their freedom for seven years. The author's Bosch-like descriptions of the Unseelie Court, with its Rackham-on-acid denizens, and the exquisite faeries haunt as well as charm. When fate intervenes, sudden tragedy teaches Kaye about the high cost of straddling the faerie and human worlds (and sets the stage for a possible sequel). A gripping read. Ages 12-up. " Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[A] stunning debut....Black has an eye for the telling detail that brings the most minor character to life. A labyrinthine plot with Goth sensibility makes this a luscious treat for fans of urban fantasy and romantic horror." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"Tithe is beautifully written. Black has a rare gift for descriptive language and a deliciously creative imagination..." Green Man Review

Review:

"The plot moves quickly, and the secondary characters are appealing, if not always entirely believable. Occasional awkward changes in point of view won't discourage readers who enjoy dark, edgy fantasy." School Library Journal

Review:

"Dark, edgy, beautifully written, and compulsively readable, this is sure to be a word-of-mouth hit with teens, even a few usually unmoved by magic and monsters." Gillian Engberg, Booklist

Review:

"An unusually powerful YA contemporary fantasy, and an outstanding first novel." Locus

Review:

"Not only are the descriptions of our world and the world of Faery crisp, delicious, and detailed, but the characters are intriguing and complex, also. I like that these are feral, amoral faeries and not the tame, innocent Victorian version, and that the teenagers aren't tame, either." Annette Curtis Klause, author of Blood and Chocolate and Silver Kiss

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny.

Synopsis:

andlt;Bandgt;Welcome to the realm of very scary faeries!andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; 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.

About the Author

Holly Black spent her early years in a decaying Victorian mansion where her mother fed her a steady diet of ghost stories and faerie tales. An avid collector of rare folklore volumes, spooky dolls, and crazy hats, she lives in West Long Branch, New Jersey, with her husband, Theo.

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song_bird, January 20, 2010 (view all comments by song_bird)
Holly Black captured my attention with this book several years back. It opens the door to a world of fae folk beyond tinkerbell. It's dark, beautiful, and frighteningly plausible. The way she writes this draws you right into the story, and you'll be on the edge of your chair the entire way through. It's a great read for those interested in the supernatural, especially in the realm of faerie.
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Alie, March 21, 2009 (view all comments by Alie)
I love Holly Blacks books and you will too.
The characters are amazing!
I cant wait to get my hangs on the second book!
If you love fantasy and romance this book will BLOW YOUR MIND!
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crowyhead, May 10, 2008 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This was a re-read, but since I want to read Ironside and Valiant in the near future, I thought I'd re-read Tithe first. As I noticed the first time, it definitely feels like a first novel; there's a certain self-consciousness to parts of the book, particularly Black's tendency to name-drop favorite singers and authors, and the interactions between the characters are sometimes a little stiff. But she gets the amoral (and sometimes malevolent) nature of Faerie down very well, and it's a fun, fast read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689867040
Author:
Black, Holly
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Author:
Yuen Jr, Sammy
Author:
Werlin, Nancy
Author:
Yuen, Sammy
Author:
Long, Ruth
Location:
New York
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Literature - Classics
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Other
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Fairies
Subject:
Young adult fiction
Subject:
Children s All Ages - Literature
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
faeries; fey; changeling; trickster; dark; elfpunk; Modern Faerie Tales; nomad; alcohol; YA; teen classic; fantasy; magic; drugs; wings
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
April 1, 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c cvr
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 7.98 oz
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 336 pages Simon Pulse - English 9780689867040 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

A dark, twisting faerie adventure in modern-day New Jersey, featuring a dysfunctional teen living an illusion, Tithe is filled with haunting characters, from a beautiful man she can't seem to get rid of (and isn't sure she wants to) to her childhood "imaginary" friends. Danger is imminent, ready to rain blood and chaos down on the American countryside with unknown forces. This is sure to be a mystic tale you just can't put down.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Tripping the dark fantastic with newcomer Black means pixie dust may very well include blood spatter, sharp thorns and bits of broken glass. At the center of this edgy novel is Kaye Fierch, a 16-year-old 'Asian blonde' who spends most of her time taking care of a would-be rock star mom. When her mom's latest boyfriend turns homicidal, they return to Gram's house at the New Jersey shore, where Kaye hooks up with childhood friend Janet and her gay brother, Corny Stone. Stark images ripple through the third-person narrative, offering clues to Kaye's internal state (e.g., 'She loved the serene brutality of the ocean'). A covert sexual overture from Janet's boyfriend precedes Kaye's nighttime encounter at the edge of the woods, where she meets and rescues Roiben, a mysterious Black Knight with silver hair. Throughout, the author subtly connects Kaye's awakening sexual feelings in the real world and Roiben's sudden appearances. Kaye soon discovers that she is a changeling — and that her one-time 'imaginary' faerie playmates want her to pretend to be a human, so they can use her as the Tithe ('the sacrifice of a beautiful and talented mortal') to earn their freedom for seven years. The author's Bosch-like descriptions of the Unseelie Court, with its Rackham-on-acid denizens, and the exquisite faeries haunt as well as charm. When fate intervenes, sudden tragedy teaches Kaye about the high cost of straddling the faerie and human worlds (and sets the stage for a possible sequel). A gripping read. Ages 12-up. " Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A] stunning debut....Black has an eye for the telling detail that brings the most minor character to life. A labyrinthine plot with Goth sensibility makes this a luscious treat for fans of urban fantasy and romantic horror."
"Review" by , "Tithe is beautifully written. Black has a rare gift for descriptive language and a deliciously creative imagination..."
"Review" by , "The plot moves quickly, and the secondary characters are appealing, if not always entirely believable. Occasional awkward changes in point of view won't discourage readers who enjoy dark, edgy fantasy."
"Review" by , "Dark, edgy, beautifully written, and compulsively readable, this is sure to be a word-of-mouth hit with teens, even a few usually unmoved by magic and monsters."
"Review" by , "An unusually powerful YA contemporary fantasy, and an outstanding first novel."
"Review" by , "Not only are the descriptions of our world and the world of Faery crisp, delicious, and detailed, but the characters are intriguing and complex, also. I like that these are feral, amoral faeries and not the tame, innocent Victorian version, and that the teenagers aren't tame, either." Annette Curtis Klause, author of Blood and Chocolate and Silver Kiss
"Synopsis" by , Sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny.
"Synopsis" by , andlt;Bandgt;Welcome to the realm of very scary faeries!andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; 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.
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