Sunday, June 7, 2009

May 23, 09 Valiant by Holly Black

Hello Two Followers! You are made of awesome. This is not just because you follow me. You really are MADE OF AWESOME. Korianne and Max, you get hugs.

I know I know, I haven't posted in a while. But this is because damn blogger WOULDN'T LET ME. *makes strangling motion* I'm very behind in blogging. And two books behind in reading but I'll tell you about that when I get up to date.


Anyways, I'm reviewing this book called Valiant, which is the sequel to Tithe by Holly Black. But it's one of those sequels that are about the same world but different main characters.

Valiant is about a girl named Val aka Badass of Badassia. (I loved that nickname from the book). When she catches her mom with her boyfriend (I'm really not giving anything away here) she leaves New Jersey and goes to New York, where she makes friends with some homeless teenagers that are involved in faerie magic. Strange things begin to happen and there is a not ugly troll. This is all I'm giving away.

Valiant was okay. I prefered Tithe. While I did like Val, I didn't feel like I knew her very well. All the other characters were unlikeable and under developed. I love Holly Black's writing and descriptions, but the lack of character development really bothered me. So did the lack of plot. I like it when the plot kicks in at about a hundred pages, after I know the characters pretty well. The plot seemed non-existent until the last hundred pages and I STILL didn't know what the characters were really like. I was slightly annoyed because the descriptions were to die for. There was so much potential in this book. I hope the real sequel to Tithe, Ironside, is better than Valiant. Kaye was awesome in Tithe. What I love about Holly Black is that her female characters are always bad asses. This is a major compliment from me. Even Mallory from the Spiderwick series is a badass. I approve of this. Overall, three and a half stars for Valiant. Three for writing, half for the awesome cover!



  1. I GET A HUG!!!!!!! :D

    That was pretty much where I stood on Valiant. I liked it, but I preferred Tithe.


  2. WOOT, COMMENT! You get another hug for that.

    Agreed. :)