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by Holly Black

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Series: Modern Tales of Faerie (2)

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Seventeen-year-old Val runs away to New York City, where she falls in with a gang of squatters who live in the city's subway system and consort with faeries, trolls, and other strange creatures.

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Really boring..... nothing really happens...

Edit: December 20,2012

Can't bring myself to finish this novel....

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  AnaCarter | Feb 14, 2023 |
I have to admit I wasn't expecting all that much from this series really. It's gritty and loose, but then there were moments that utterly stole me. Where the careless, heartlessness of someone surprised me. Where the hope and tenderness made me suddenly tear up. There was more to keep me here than there was to encourage me to leave.

(And it was this series that had me track down much of what Ms. Black has written.) ( )
  wanderlustlover | Dec 26, 2022 |
I liked this one a little less than Tithe, but I really enjoyed how it was all tied back together so you know that this is the same world in the same era. I believe this book focused too heavily on the idea of Never while that should have just been a side note. As a character, Val didn't seem to have the addictive personality and her tendacy towards physical outrage also seemed a little odd, compared to how she acted and the choices she made. I guess it made for an interesting main character, though. I look forward to the next book, however, as I do enjoy Black's writing. ( )
1 vote brittaniethekid | Jul 7, 2022 |
Odd, I didn't care for Holly Black when I read her first book, but now I can't get enough. Go Holly! Great book, very dark. Fairies, mostly frightening ones, youth and grief, drug use, betrayals, and destructive behavior dealt with well. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
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Raudman, ReneeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For I shall learn from flower and leaf
That color every drop they hold,
To change the lifeless wine of grief
To living gold.

Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!

Trying their wings once more in hopeless flight: Blind moths against the wires of window screens. Anything. Anything for a fix of light.

I have found the warm caves in the woods,
filled them with skillets, carvings, shelves,
closets, silks, innumerable goods;
fixed the suppers for the worms and the elves.

We must not look at goblin men.
We must not buy their fruits:
Who knows upon what soil they fed
Their hungry thirsty roots?

For my husband, Theo, because he likes angsty, angry girls
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The tree woman choked on poison, the slow sap of her blood burning.
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