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Kin Rue's mother has always been a little different She talks to plants hangs out naked in the yard and seems ageless Rue knows her mother is not like other parents But then one day when her mom disappears Rue begins to see strange things creatures with horns in the coffee shop a winged girl hanging out in the high school hallway and she realizes that she's different tooWhere has her mother gone and is Rue going crazy? You know how sometimes when you glance at something out of the corner of your eye it looks different for a moment? Well sometimes when I look straight at a thing it looks weird too And those moments are stretching wider and wider pg 5I enjoyed the faerie lore in this graphic novel If an older mortal is beautiful or good at riddles we might take them but we always leave something behind in exchange Sometimes we glamour wood to take on their appearance or we abandon a faerie in their place pg 36This book deals with surprisingly dark themes so I wouldn't let my tween read it The story contains non explicit drug use rape and kidnapping It should be ok for most mature teensThe artwork is pretty The people aren't depicted like normal every day people especially the faeries but for the most part I don't think the artist over sexualized the women That's one of my pet peeves with graphic novels when they depict females as ridiculously proportioned pin ups But like I said this one isn't over the topThe faeries are uite creepy too Let me tell you a story Long ago mortals called us the fair folk the people of peace the good neighbors They called us these things not because we were fair or peaceful or good but because they feared us As they should As they will again pg 77Recommended for readers who like dark fairy tales and fans of Holly Black Why can't finding out you're half faery ever be a good thing? This angst fuelled yarn starts depressingly with a disappearance and a murder charge It pretty much just gets progressively darker with little to no character development The illustrations aren't good enough to save it Its pretty and awful So I've only read one Holly Black book which was The Cruel Prince Also I don't read graphic novels or any comic books really since I was like nine and even then it was only the Archie comics So I didn't know how I was going to feel about itFirst the pictures were great Seriously loved the illustrations The graphic novel overall felt a bit lacking but that may just be because I feel like I can get of a story from an actual book However it was still really fun I did like the main character Rue—she had a cool vibe but I still didn't feel like there was a whole lot of characterization here for the characters Again that could just be because it was a graphic novel So if you like comic book type books and fairies I'd suggest giving this one a try My experience with reading Holly Black has been mixed My first foray into her work was with the Modern Faerie Tale series I sadly wasn't terribly fond of them In grad school I devoured her Curse Worker trilogy on audio and absolutely loved it Unfortunately my reading experience with The Good Neighbors was akin to when I first read her The first problem is the tired and cliché plot Readers follow Rue a girl who's always been able to see strange and mysterious things Her father is accused of murder after her mother dissapears under mysterious circumstances and one of his college students is found dead Rue is convinced that her father is innocent so she begins looking for answers who exactly is her mother? If her father didn't murder the college student then how did she die? The answers will lead her into discovering a much larger world hiding in plain sightSound familiar? That's because this type of story has been done sooo many times Sadly Black's take here didn't anything new or exciting Also it's pretty obvious that this was Black's first foray into writing for comics The dialogue is stilted and unnatural and the pacing was awful things happen very uickly but not in a good way The art was a mixed bag for me too The way Naifeh tries faces is pseudo realistic and when it worked it worked and looked great but when it didn't hurt the mark it looked very Uncanny Valley I also wasn't a fan of the BW look it made the art look muddyThe ending redeemed things a bit and I was intrigued by some of the revelations it brought but ultimately I don't think I'll be picking up volume 2 I do however plan on picking up other works by Holly Black Hopefully when I do I'll find some of that magic I discovered with her Curse Workers trilogy Rue Silver's mother has disappeared and her father has been arrested suspected of killing her But it's not as straightforward as that Because Rue is a faerie like her mother was And her father didn't kill her mother instead he broke a promise to Rue's faerie king grandfather which caused Rue's mother to be flung back to the faerie world Now Rue must go to save her and must also defeat a dark faerie that threatens our very mortal world This was an interesting story but I kind of hate this art style so idk if I'm going to continue it This book is not that good to be honest a lot of stuff does not make any sense and got me confused Well is her dad is a killer?? Is she crazy and her mom is?? I don’t recommend you to read this book because it like you in a maze and you can’t get out of it 35 starsThis is basically just Tithe but I am very excited to see what romance I’m sure Holly stirs up A teenage girl finds out she is part Faery Sound familiar? That's because it has occurred in scores of YA fantasies including earlier works by this same author As a story this is fine but all the elements were too familiar to me from previous reading Turning it into a graphic novel is a somewhat novel approach but I wasn't that impressed by the execution of the artwork The drawing style suits the story but the many of the characters looked too much the same and too old for high schoolAlso and this is a totally nerdy objection I was kind of irked by how they brought in the story of Bridget Cleary I'm sure they just picked this case because it is well documented in studies that are easily available but to me that makes it all the lazy There are many other cases of people killed as changelings why pick the one which is most ambiguous about the people involved actually believing that the victim was a fairy? Look the standard historical and sociological understand of changelings is that poor people could not take care of mentally or physically handicapped children or other family members who couldn't work senile grandparents crazy uncles whomever and so they killed them For understandable psychological reasons no one wants to admit to themselves that they are killing their child so they convince themselves it is not their own baby but a wicked copy left by supernatural creatures Probably many individuals managed to believe that the baby really was a fairy One of the reasons the Cleary case is so studied is that it was much uestionable even at the time whether the husband actually thought his wife had been stolen or whether he was using an opportunity to kill her because they had been having marital problems Bridget was an independent young woman who had education and a better job than the rest of her family and community She didn't have children and she didn't listen to her husband It is far likely that the people around her were acting to put her in her place or punish her for trying to better herself than that they actually believed she was a fairy Also whatever the motives of her husband it was a horrible tragedy in which a young woman was burned to death by her loved ones; I don't think it is appropriate to casually reduce this event to evidence for fairies in a fantasy novel And lastly there are multiple photographs of everyone involved in the crime so the artist could have taken five minutes to look them up instead of making up younger and hipper appearances for historical people Rue Silver's mother has just disappeared her father has been arrested under suspicion of killing one of his graduate students Things get worse when Rue starts seeing things that shouldn't be there strange people with animal heads and vines that cover whole buildings overnight You see Rue's mother is a faerie and Rue's father broke a promise that he made to the faerie king who is ready to take revenge for this slight out on the entire human raceWriter Holly Black already has a strong following with her work on The Spiderwick Chronicles and Tithe and the world she creates here in which hip sexy humans mingle with magic and ancient elves will probably have wide appeal for teens Additionally the mysterious disappearances that drive the story promise their share of intrigue and suspense It's too bad then that this book just isn't any good The characters are flat and under developed the dialog is stilted and the terrible threat that the bad faeries supposedly pose to the human race is never revealed The main character pulls insight into her magical new reality out of thin air and relationships between characters go totally unexplained Worst of all it seems that Black has no idea how comics work as a story telling medium and with no sense of pacing or purpose the story clunks along until it ends The book sports some moody and evocative black and white art by Ted Naifeh but without a good story to back it up it feels like an afterthoughtIf you've got teen readers in your library that are dying for Holly Black then by all means pick this up However there are much better fantasy comics out there and I'd advise pushing your patrons toward something anything else instead

About the Author: Holly Black

Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty fantasy novels for kids and teens She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award and the Lodestar Award and the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award a Nebula and a Newbery Honor Her books have been translated into 32 languages worldwide and adapted for film She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house

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