Tithe by Holly Black

“If curiosity killed the cat, it was satisfaction that brought it back.” 

Holly Black is the queen of fae stories!

Tithe by Holly Black was the first fae book I ever read way back in 2002, this book started my love for Fae and I’ve never looked back. I re read this book as part of #faerieathon in anticipation for Holly Black’s newest book Queen of Nothing being released in November 2019. It is amazing to revisit Holly Blacks first book, because I got to see how much she has grown as a writer. Her newer books are breathtaking and so clever. Even in this book, her Fae worlds are so intricate and woven together.

I had forgotten almost everything that happened during this book, which was expected after 10 years. This book really threw me was how problematic some of the writing was, there’s homophobic slurs and racist remarks. There’s also a scene with an attempted sexual assault. All of these things go unchallenged, even to the point where Kaye says she’s flattered how how wont take no as an answer.

On a good note, this story is such a fast paced and addicting read. Kaye has always been able to see glimpses of the faerie world ever since she was a child. She is forced to move back to her childhood home, one night she is walking home in the rain when she ends up saving the life of a faerie Knight. She soon discovers that’s she’s not exactly human, and is caught up in some heavy faerie politics.

“Crippled things are always more beautiful. It’s the flaw that brings out beauty.” 

Kaye – Our Main Character, a 16 year biracial teen, she is a little unlikable, she can be selfish. She discovered that she is actually a pixie and not a human girl.

Roiben – He is a faerie knight, I forgot how much I liked him as a character.

Janet – Kaye’s childhood best friend,

Corny – Janet’s brother, gay, becomes friends with Kaye and knows that she is actually a pixie

There was a lot of laugh out loud scenes, I especially loved when Roiben came into the diner! Being in the faerie world is always my favorite, its so dark and cunning. I love it! I enjoy the plotting and tricks of the Fae. I cant wait to read Valiant in July with everyone.

I do recommend you read Tithe, as its faced paced and a fun read if you can overlook the problematic themes,

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The Wicked King by Holly Black


#1 The Cruel Prince ★★★★★
#2 The Lost Sisters ★★★★
#3 The Wicked King ★★★★★

“His mouth curls into a smile. His eyes shine with wicked intent. “Look at them all, your subjects. A shame not a one knows who their true ruler is.”

First off this was an OUTSTANDING READ, and I loved every second of it! Holly Black has done it again. She is a literary genius, I have loved every book I’ve ever read by her.This book was perfect. I don’t think there’s any combination of words that could accurately convey just how good this book is.

The Wicked King picks up 5 months after the cliffhanger in The Cruel Prince. We immediately get into the narrative, we get tidbits of information on what happened in the past five months. This review will be spoiler free but may mention some events that happened in The Cruel Prince.

“If you’re the sickness, I suppose you can’t also be the cure.”

Jude is with the high king of Faerie, at the end of the first book she parted in bad terms with Madoc and Taryn. Oak is in the mortal world with Vivi. Taryn is still set to marry Locke, she hasn’t spoken to Jude in five months. Finally, Cardan is the new King, but he must obey everything Jude commands for a Year sand a day.

The political intrigue in this book, is so strong! There are so many twists and turns you won’t know what to believe. This book is 90% court intrigue, scheming, and angst, which is the recipe for an amazing story.

Both Jude and Cardan were so very well written in this book. ALL OF THE SEXUAL TENSION! I live for Jude and Cardan’s relationship, enemies to lover is my absolute favorite trope. All of the kisses and touches! This is the greatest enemies to lovers story ever! Holly Black created one of the most complicated yet tender relationship in YA Fantasy.The dynamic between Jude and Cardan is just crazy, I will forever go down with this ship.

“Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.”

Jude – I love her so much and my love for her only grows stronger. She is one of my favorite female characters ever! She’s clever and ambitious and sometimes even cruel, but we also get to see her vulnerable and soft. She definitely takes a lot more risks in this book.

Cardan- He has to be one of my favorite characters ever.I have a huge weakness for morally questionable characters, who do not often show there vulnerability but when they do your heart breaks for them. I loved how we get to know Cardan a little bit more in this book, he had a lot more page time. He has so much character development and I am here for it! He continued to surprise me,you never quite know what he has up his sleeve or his true intentions. I cannot wait to see what happens in The Queen of Nothing.

Locke – He is the worst! But we can all agree he is a great antagonist. He is clever and scheming. In the end we never know what he’s up to or what his end goal is. I just really need Jude to punch him in the face. Thank you, next!

Taryn –I just…..I don’t know what to say about this girl. We got to see a little of her intentions in the novella The Lost Sister but after everything that happened in The Wicked King I need more of her. Taryn is intriguing, but she has betrayed Jude over and over. Jude loves her so much its heartbreaking to see how Taryn treats her.

“Angry was better than being scared. Better than remembering she was a mortal among monsters.”

The last 100 pages–shit, the last 10 pages had so much action and the dialogue was superb. The Wicked King ends with a cliffhanger that already has me dying to get my hands on the next installment in the series. I cannot wait a whole year for the third book. THIS BOOK WAS INSANE. I loved it SO much! This book was such a wild ride from start to finish. I honestly already want to re read it, I cant stop thinking about it!

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My Winter 2018 Most Anticipated Book’s

My Winter 2018 Most Anticipated Book’s

2017 is coming to a close, so I decided t make a 2018 anticipated books list. I’m going to be breaking down this list in terms of seasons because there are just so many book’s I’m interested in and I can’t possibly condense it all into one blog post. I tried to do as much research as possible so I’m certain that I have forgotten some book’s and I wont be listing every book, just the one’s I’m most excited for.

26032825The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Publication date: January 2nd

Holly Black is one of my favorite authors and when I heard she was releasing a new book, I immediately wanted it. It’s about a girl named Jude who when she was 7 was stolen away by fae to live in there court. Ten years later she really wants to belong in the court but the fae despise humans. It just sounds so good, Fae and courts ❤

32320661Everless by Sara Holland
Publication Date: January 2, 2018

The cover: OhMyGod ! Its so gorgeous. This is a YA Fantasy novel about a girl,Jules who lives in a world where time is drawn from blood and forged into the currency of blood-iron coins, which the wealthy drink to live longer. It sounds like a really cool premise and I’m really looking forward to it.

31207017Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
Publication Date:January 16, 2018

This is an #ownvoices coming of age debut novel about an Indian- American- Muslim teenage girl. I’m super excited for this one. I’m trying to read more own voices book’s and this one just sounds really good.

35098412The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
Publication Date: February 6, 2018

There is a lot of YA Fantasy book’s coming out in 2018, and this one sounds so good. Brienna lives in a kingdom where you are born with one of the five passions. Brienna struggles with her passion, her plans do not go as planned and she is left without a patron. There is a war brewing between another kingdom. I’m really intrigued by the element of passions, it reminds me of The Enchantments of Ravens and I loved that book.

31681276American Panda by Gloria Chao
Publication Date:February 6

I’m not usually drawn to contemporaries but this book just looks so cute. Mei Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate. I’m really looking forward to this book 🙂 This sounds like such an adorable contemporary novel.

32149854Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Publication Date: February 13, 2018

This book is being pitched as Anastasia meets Firefly and I’m so here for this. This is written by the same author who wrote Geekerella (which I still need to get to). Ana goes on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship. She meets an iron blood boy,and they become fugitives on the run. This sounds like it will be an angst filled ya sci- fi and I’m so here for it. The cover is so gorgeous !!

34992929Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: March 6, 2018

Restore me is the fourth book in the Shatter Me series, I fell in love with this series in 2016. So I haven’t had to wait as long as some fans for a new book but I cannot wait to get my hands on this book.

24909347Obsidio by Amy Kauffmand and Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: March 13, 2018

This is the third book in the Illuminae files, I think this is the last book but I’m not sure. I just finished reading Gemina and I loved it. It is a sci-fi novel, with a mixed media format written by emails and video surveillance files which is super cool.


Please let me know what winter 2018 book’s your most looking forward too. 2018 sounds like it’s going to be an amazing year for book releases and I cannot wait !

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