Valiant: A modern Tale of Faerie
By Holly Black
Back Cover Description:
When seven-teen year old Valarie runs away to New York City, she's trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city's labryrinthine subway system.
But there's something eerily beguiling about Val's new friends. And when one talks Val into tracking down the lair of a mysterious creature with whom they are all involved, Val finds herself torn between her newfound affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.
After catching her mother doing something unspeakable, Valarie ends up at a cafe in New York City where she meets a girl with blue hair and a boy with dreadlocks. She follows them to their hideout where she discovers that Faerie really do exist. After finding a creature that is feared by Val's new friends, she discovers that she cannot resist this strange new creature and lifestyle.
A mysterious murderer has appeared in the city and it is up to Val to clear her new found obsession's name. With a glass sword in hand, she is determined to take what is hers; his heart.
Thoughts, Feelings & More
At the beginning of this book I was unsure of where it was going. Valarie seemed like one of those girls that just needs to let loose a little bit and enjoy life until I read what her mother did to her. My jaw literally dropped and I said, " Oh no she didn't!" That immediately gainI gied my attention and I couldn't put the book down after that.
Surprisingly, the unlikely love pairing between Val and the creature was heart warming and I am glad that Holly Black created a match that most people wouldn't expect. I expected Val to fall for Dave or Luis, or even Lolli by the way Lolli was hanging all over Val. The dark factor in this book was done fantastically; not too dark, but not too whimsical. I can only find one downside to the book and that is that the Unseelie and Seelie Courts weren't explained very well, I personally would have liked to learn more about the other Faerie people, but it wasn't that big of a deal.