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When seventeen year old Valerie 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 labyrinthine 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 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here What finally made me listen to this audiobook I ve had for months was a Twilight secret in which someone claimed that Ravus was so much better hotter than Edward Cullen even though he was a troll That made me very curious so I gave it a listen It only took me a few days to finish it Renee Raudman reads the book in a wonderful, calm way She does the different voices perfectly, especially Ravus.I remember that I had stumbled across Holly Black s website some years ago and thought of her as so What finally made me listen to this audiobook I ve had for months was a Twilight secret in which someone claimed that Ravus was so much better hotter than Edward Cullen even though he was a troll That made me very curious so I gave it a listen It only took me a few days to finish it Renee Raudman reads the book in a wonderful, calm way She does the different voices perfectly, especially Ravus.I remember that I had stumbled across Holly Black s website some years ago and thought of her as some wannabe writer , I take that back now She s a fantastic writer Her imagination is great, her characters are modern and have depth and she uses language very well Her style is quite fast and if you don t pay attention for a minute you might lose track but I prefer that to books with tons of unnecessary, boring paragraphs.Further I find her style very real and honest, she doesn t mind describing disgusting disturbing things not in a sensational way though, just very casual , for example how Lolli pushes the kitten in front of the train or how Dave and Val have sex.What I loved as well was the anti heroness about Val How she shaves off her hair, gets dirtier every day and still is loved And all the stuff about the Never, the drug similarities, such an interesting idea The only thing that put me off a little was the beginning when Val discovers the affair between her mom and her boyfriend I know this is an important event to get the story started and I supposed it has happened before but it just seemed so unrealistic and weird yes, I know, unrealistic might be the wrong word in a fantasy novel.Another thing I loved was the ending Lots of books I ve enjoyed during reading them, have disappointed me with their weak endings Valiant s last sentence was exactly right and perfectly fitting.All in all a fabulous book about a modern fairytale Blog Twitter Tumblr Instagram Youtube TwitchI read this for FaerieAThon, which I am cohosting with Jane, Kristin, Alexa Blog Twitter Tumblr Instagram Youtube TwitchI read this for FaerieAThon, which I am cohosting with Jane, Kristin, Alexa Ravus nodded again I will make you as terrible as you desire I don t want to be , she started, but he held up his hand I know you re very brave, he said Or stupid And stupid Brave and stupid Ravus smiled, but then his smile sagged But nothing can stop you from being terrible once you ve learned howHolly Black has, apparently, been crafting marvelous worlds and characters for quite a long time now I adored this story eventhan her earlier Tithe Valiant is a Bea Ravus nodded again I will make you as terrible as you desire I don t want to be , she started, but he held up his hand I know you re very brave, he said Or stupid And stupid Brave and stupid Ravus smiled, but then his smile sagged But nothing can stop you from being terrible once you ve learned howHolly Black has, apparently, been crafting marvelous worlds and characters for quite a long time now I adored this story eventhan her earlier Tithe Valiant is a Beauty and the Beast retelling following Val, who, upon running away from home, falls in with some pals on the subway Upon running into a troll named Ravus, she finds herself falling deeper and deeper into the faerie world and maybe in love Everyone is completely awful, everyone makes really big mistakes, and you cannot look away.Woo Okay So this book was just an absolutely wild ride Holly Black s writing is so, so engrossing she is just absolutely magical The plot is twisty and creepy you can almost feel the book getting darker by the moment, as Val falls increasingly into drug addiction and into the faerie world The characters are not exactly likable but remain compelling no one feels good and no one feels bad The romance is equally compelling, with the love interest s backstory standing out is absolutely incredible And the book deals well with the idea of becoming haunted by a friend s death despite the fantastical outer layer of the story, the emotional core is quite solid And since Holly s faerie world is overlapping over itself, let s talk about how well she s crafted this universe, shall we The idea of the seelie court vs the unseelie court is a common one, and the concept of morally grey fairies is not new But it s been said before and will be said again no one writes fairies like Holly Black The delicious evil, mixed with bits and pieces of humanity, is somehow equal bits enthralling and repulsive I felt the thematic core and character writing of this book was far stronger than that of Holly Black s debut, Tithe, but her fairy writing has remained excellent from the startShe thought of something her mother had told her when she d finally broken up with one of her most dysfunctional boyfriends When a man tells you he s going to hurt you, believe it They always warn you and they re always rightHolly Black s love of ladies and of lady knights is consistent and honestly my favorite thing about her canon Her female characters are so deliciously and delightfully morally gray Tithe s Kaye, Coldest Girl s Tana, Darkest Part s Hazel, and The Cruel Prince s Jude are each very different, but they share a core of strength and willingness to do messed up things for their reasons She writes characters who are consciously mean and consciously kind and focuses on their agency Despite the terrible circumstances Val finds herself in, the romance of this story is built on firm ground from the lead s side This was one of the sequels I needed to read in 2019, so I m excited that I actually succeeded in reading it Onto Ironside TW drug addiction, and a moment of serious animal murder that made me sick to my stomach Blog Goodreads Twitter Instagram Youtube I hated loving this book Having read Black s Titheand Ironside, I was none to keen on reading Valiant Black has a penchant for writing about the scourge of human society, leaving me with a sense of filth, and therefore compelling me to exfoliate None the less, Black s writing is so perversely alluring, that she all but grabs you by the neck and drags you into the story.Val is impossible to describe She s a shell of a girl In possession of one lezzie best friend, a mohawk donning boyfriend, I hated loving this book Having read Black s Titheand Ironside, I was none to keen on reading Valiant Black has a penchant for writing about the scourge of human society, leaving me with a sense of filth, and therefore compelling me to exfoliate None the less, Black s writing is so perversely alluring, that she all but grabs you by the neck and drags you into the story.Val is impossible to describe She s a shell of a girl In possession of one lezzie best friend, a mohawk donning boyfriend, and incredibly vain and insecure mother, Val participates in her life, but couldn t be accused of living it When Val walks in on her mother getting it on with her boyfriend, Val flees, going nowhere, and reveling in her lack of destination She finds herself in New York City, homeless, but free It is here that she encounters Lolli, a blue haired Never addict, Sketchy Dave, brother to the sighted Luis, and joins their trio of loner losers Val is introduced to a world that will afford you every possible pleasure you care to take, while leaving you living in squalor and slowly choking the life from you, one Never hit at a time Val drowns in the world of fairie, and yet finds her inner strength, as well as the love she craves But in order to save herself, and the troll she loves, Val must learn that being free to make your own bad decisions serves no purpose other than enabling you to own your destruction The characters within this story suck at life They make piss poor role models and I hope that younger readers of this book wouldn t think that Val s adventure is the least bit realistic Val would have wound up dead, on in the very least, assaulted These characters run from their problems, steal, take drugs, and engage in casual sex And yet I loved this book because these characters drop f bombs, filch, become addicts, and engage in casual sex Life isn t always pretty, and this book captures the essence of that filth while adding a touch of whimsy, and an acceptable happy ending