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2023 Book Review: Tithe

by Holly Black

YA Fantasy, 2002 by Simon Pulse, 272 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Slow start. It took a bit for me to connect with Kaye’s voice and her world. 
  • I didn’t like Kaye much at all. She’s NOT a good friend and she’s incredibly selfish. 
  • The romance felt forced instead of believable. Where normally I’d think YA romance is cute, this felt like a stretch as if the author knew it needed a little something.

What I Did Like:

  • The faeries. I liked how this had shades of the myths we’ve heard but with twists. I also really appreciated the name detail being included.
  • Roiben. He’s deep and multi-layered. He’s dangerous but he also reads as broken. I almost wish he was our MC, actually, and I’d like the backstory! 
  • The ending. Although I saw some of it coming, I liked the way it played out. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • Faerie fans who want a fast read that’s a little on the darker side.

My Rating: 3 Stars

  • This one is good but it’s not as good as the Cruel Prince trilogy. Fans will need to dive into this one remembering that it’s a separate world completely.

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