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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
Young Adult
RELEASED
2008
June 20
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
336
Pages
PUBLISHER
Margaret K. McElderry Books
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
5.6
MB
AUDIENCE
Grades 8 and Above

Customer Reviews

Mystic.-.warrior ,

Amazing

The book is not that long and is easy to read. The story plot is simply amazing and leaves the reader wanting more!

lover or books ,

Eh

The book is boring and slow. The characters are unlikable an hard to relate to. Am honestly not a big fan and regret wasting my money on it. From what I’ve seen all of her books are slow the first 400 pages? And then it’s where it starts to get interesting. Which is not good

ferret_bard ,

Decent Urban Fantasy

This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier.

Synopsis:

Kaye is a sixteen-year-old vagabond. Forced to live a nomadic life with her mother’s rock band, she grows into a stereotypical rebellious teen. When they are attacked on the road, they are forced back to Kaye’s grandmother’s New Jersey town. Amid the blue-collar backdrop, Kaye’s life is turned upside down when she saves a Faerie Knight from death. Kaye finds that she is not who she thinks she is. Worse, she finds herself becoming a pawn in an ancient power struggle between the Unseelie Court, the Seelie Court, and unaffiliated Faeries. Each faction has their own agenda. Kaye’s life hangs in the balance.

Review:

A common theme in some of the other reviews on Goodreads is that people either love or hate this story. On the plus side, I am always intrigued by modern renditions of the tale of Tam Lin. The elements of the old Childe ballad were there. The characters seemed real, and I found them intriguing.

In the minus column, Holly Black tried to make Kaye and her human friends gritty. The effort was unbalanced and often seemed over the top. The rebellious teenager was overdone. While the characters seemed real, I still had a hard time finding them sympathetic until I was almost halfway through the story. All in all, it was decent urban fantasy, well worth a read.

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