Valiant

Valiant When year old Valerie Russell 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

  • Title: Valiant
  • Author: Holly Black
  • ISBN: 9781416901181
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • Valiant

    When 17 year old Valerie Russell 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 Impulsive Lolli talks of monsters in the subway tunnels they call home andWhen 17 year old Valerie Russell 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 Impulsive Lolli talks of monsters in the subway tunnels they call home and shoots up a shimmery amber coloured powder that makes the shadows around her dance Severe Luis claims he can make deals with creatures that no one else can see And then there s Luis s brother, timid and sensitive Dave, who makes the mistake of letting Val tag along as he makes a delivery to a woman who turns out to have goat hooves instead of feet When a bewildered Val allows Lolli to talk her into tracking down the hidden lair of the creature for whom Luis and Dave have been dealing, Val finds herself bound into service by a troll named Ravus He is as hideous as he is honorable And as Val grows to know him, she finds herself torn between her affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.

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    1. Heather

      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 boyfrie [...]

    2. Cait (Paper Fury)

      I am so so confused. MY LITTLE BRAIN IS CONFUSED AND IT DOESN'T LIKE THIS FEELING. So this book really doesn't connect to the first in the trilogy, Tithe. I'm not opposed to series all being narrated by different peoplebut I gotta admit it's not my favourite. And I felt like this was 90% sucky teens making sucky decisions and being stoned all the time, and 10% actual faeries. I wanted faerie lore and magic butI got drugs. WELL I AIN'T A HAPPY LAMB.I definitely still like Holly Black's writing th [...]

    3. Lisa Litberg

      I have mixed feelings about this book. I found the idea of the story captivating. Faeries are real, and they walk among us, hidden by glamour from human eyes. And they aren't necessarily good faeries--like humans, some are good, and some are stealthy. 17 year old Val discovers this world when she runs away from home and lives under the New York subway tunnels. Through unforeseen circumstances, she ends up indebted to a troll, delivering potions to faeries. But faeries are being poisoned, and Val [...]

    4. Miss Bookiverse

      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 [...]

    5. Amanda

      I hated this book from the first page. Strong words, I know, but let's just have it out. Trite, lame and basically a waste of tree. The plot was blurg, the characters were frighteningly unenthralling, the writing was fair, but you can find decent writing on the back of a cereal box. The one book's one saving grace was a troll and though the idea was cool, it was hardly enough to save the entire horrible mess. To rant in depth, I have to start with the drug thing. Magic as a drug (seen it! and it [...]

    6. Kristen

      Valiant by Holly Black Valiant by Holly Black is a very intense teen-fantasy novel about a seventeen-year-old girl named Valerie Russell-also known as: Val. Valiant is Holly Black’s second novel. The first to her collection is Tithe. Both of these books are beautifully written and tie into the world of faeries and trolls and things of such nature. Black is an avid collector of scary stories, creepy dolls, and crazy hats.Val is this amazing character who changes drastically throughout this book [...]

    7. Claire

      I was a bit disappointed when Valiant didn't start up where Tithe ended. However, I quickly got over it. This story follows 17-year-old Val Russell who runs away from her dysfunctional home within the first few chapters. In a moment of shedding her confusion, she embraces a new identity and shaves her head, leaving everything behind. She also finds herself in the company of three homeless teens--Lolli, Dave, and Luis who live on an abandoned subway platform.Eerie and strange, Val finds herself c [...]

    8. Rebecca ♥ Ash, Kishan, Magnus ♥

      I thought Kaye, the main character of the first book, Tithe, had a difficult childhood, but it was nothing compared to this. I wonder if Holly Black had a difficult childhood too. Most of the book follows Val and her friends Lolli, Dave, and Luis who live in a disgusting, abandoned subway station, while they are high on faerie drugs all day. Val even starts acting like Alex DeLarge at one point when she breaks into a family's home. Lolli kills a cat at one point because she is just tired of taki [...]

    9. Sookie

      Many people loved Tithe and the Spiderwick Chronicles (though I haven't read those, I've only read Tithe) and they're very highly recommended books.I was a little more than dissapointed, though, when I read Tithe.The language was very vulgar, and the characters not very lickable at all. And there were numerous other things that bothered me about that book.When Valiant came out, I delayed in reading it.I decided it was time to read it last week.And this is all I have to say about it-It's almost t [...]

    10. Liz

      I didn't really care for this book. I think if I was 16 into punk and dressed all in black it would be great. It had quite a bit of language and a "situation" with the mom and the boyfriend that made me want to up-chuck.

    11. JM

      YA urban fantasy, loosely based on the story of 'Beauty and the Beast'. Val doesn't entirely mean to run away from home, but when home betrays her it's easy to not go back yet - to stay in the dark world of faeries and addiction she's stumbled into in New York. She's drawn further into that world when a moment of instinctive chivalry sees her bound in service to the troll Ravus - who, Val discovers, is in grave danger.My short reaction here is: This was a good book, and I didn't like it much.Lon [...]

    12. Majo

      *2.5*Cuando empecé este libro no pensé que fuera a gustarme y durante las primeras páginas quise abandonarlo, porque no parecía mi género.—¿Crees que eres un héroe?—No, creo que tú eres un villano.Eso resume bastante bien la trama, Val no es especial, no tiene dones y no sabe nada de las hadas. Solo es una chica común que, al huir de casa, se ve envuelta con mensajeros, trols y hadas. La historia parece sencilla al comienzo pero se complica con los repentinos asesinatos de hadas que [...]

    13. Wickedlyunique

      Dave is the worst brother ever. Luis has done so much to protect him and he just throws all that away for Lolli. And Lolli *shakes head* - I hate her. I absolutely HATE her. I hate her as much as I hate Val's mom. I mean, how could she sleep with her daughter's boyfriend.It's very rare for me to like main characters, because most of the time I find them to be way too Mary Sue. But Val was a character I loved. I sympathesized with her, and I commend Holly Black for making me care about her. I was [...]

    14. Jess (freaks over books)

      Again, I loved this book as much as when I was a teenager. Again, I saw a lot of problems with it, these kids spent more time getting high off fairy drugs than actually fighting or conversing with faeries, and the relationship between Val and Ravus was rushed and not very believable, yett. I love it. I actually love the concept of these kids getting jacked up on fairy drugs and the message Holly Black was trying to convey about addiction, about kids from broken homes on the street, about how tra [...]

    15. Maree

      I don't know why I assumed a book titled like this would have a male protagonist (maybe because Black's curse workers series does), but I'm so glad that Val was our girl. She was awesome from the get go. And while some parts might have stretched believability, I was willing to mostly go along with it.I was surprised by how the book started, with Val sort of just taking off instead of being thrown into it. I liked it and it's different-ness, how it made Val a kind of different hero, one who was i [...]

    16. Ana Rînceanu

      original read: 2009I can only imagine one reason why this book is the most unpopular of the Modern Faerie Tales series and it has to do with the fact that it pushes a lot of buttons: runaway teens experimenting with homelessness, drugs and love, gender stereotypes being ignored (our heroine is the sword fighter and is referred to as Prince Valliant) and, blasphemy upon blasphemy, our male lead is not drop dead gorgeous. But those are all things I like and are done well here. I prefer this book t [...]

    17. Courtney Wells

      Whether or not you approve of it, I think we all know sex, drugs, angst, and vulgarity are part of the teenage atmosphere. I'm sure some people look at Valiant and feel it's a dark interpretation of an adolescent mind, but Holly Black is just being honest with herself, with us, and the target audience she's writing for.Frankly, I'm glad there are books like Valiant on the shelves. More than that, I'm jealous. When I grew up and was in the hormonal throws of puberty I didn't have novels like this [...]

    18. Sandy

      This second book of the series has a whole new cast of characters. Val, a seventeen year old girl from New Jersey, runs away to New York City after she walks in on her boyfriend and her mom. (I know, gross!)Val ends up living in a subway tunnel with a bunch of homeless teens - finds out that fairies are real - makes friends with a troll - becomes addicted to some fairy "drug" her friends call Never - and must win the heart of the one she loves.I really liked this one. Eager to read the third in [...]

    19. Jamie

      I am so disappointed by this book.After saying Tithe was probably my favorite Holly Black book so far, I excitedly go to read the second book in the series and this is what I get.Characters. Not a single one I liked. They were all extremely selfish, obnoxious, annoying, and quite dumb. I kind of liked Ravus, but I also feel like we barely got to know hi in this book.The romance. It went from 0 to 100 real fast. Val meets Ravus, nothing, and then suddenly wow I think I'm actually attracted to him [...]

    20. Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)

      So, once again, Jen checks out a book from the library without consulting the order in the series. D'oh. However, after reading some reviews on GR, I determined that it wouldn't be detrimental to read this book before Tithe, as it centers on a different group of characters. For such a short book, though, it took entirely too long to get to the grit of the faerie world, and even then, it remained more urban fantasy than I expected. I don't honestly know what I was expecting, though, since I thoug [...]

    21. Erika

      Valiant, like Tithe, is a gritty, visceral nose dive--this time into the streets of New York City from small town New Jersey where adults are messy, intrusive plot elements and skeezy boyfriends are even worse.After catching her boyfriend making out with her mother on their living room couch, Valerie runs away to New York City where she makes quick friends with Lolli (Lollipop), Dave, Luis, and a kitten--a ragtag bunch of teens who dumpster dive for their meals and live in the subway tunnels ben [...]

    22. Angie

      Originally reviewed here. I have retellings on the brain right now. So you'll have to bear with me, as this is one of my favorites. VALIANT is the second book in Holly Black's excellent Modern Tales of Faerie trilogy. I read Tithe back in the day, and it immediately became my favorite Tam Lin retelling. I've been somewhat his and miss with that tale, and this angsty teen version of it worked remarkably well for me. So my introduction to Ms. Black was a fine one. When VALIANT came out, I didn't k [...]

    23. Janus the Erudite Artist

      Valiant, the second book from Holly Black’s “Modern Faerie Tales” series, starts of after Roiben, from Tithe, became King of the Unseelie Court. But the story isn’t about the characters from Tithe; it opens us to the life of Valerie, a human who basically falls in love with a faerie – a troll to be exact. Valiant reminds me of the well-known tale of “Beauty and the Beast”, somehow told in a dark, profane, rebellious world; although, there was a part that the tale was more like “B [...]

    24. Katlyn Quinn

      Even better than the first (can it be possible? It is! It is!) Valiant is not a continuation of the Tithe tale per say, but some of the characters come together in the third book. Instead of following with a normal sequel, Black has created an entriely new set of characters in the world of faery, whom you fall in love with just as quickly. Thank you, Black, for making me 'see' your story in a bleak world of (mostly) talentless writers. I have never been to NY, nor lived in a subway, nor taken fe [...]

    25. Darci

      SO many people seem to despise this book and I really have no clue why. Sure they state why, but to me it's not true. It is probably because they are older adults (even 20 year olds) reading a YA book that is definitely meant for teens. This book to me was pure gold. The author's creepy way of describing the old and true folktale of faeries and telling faerie tales how they are meant to be told. Children from a young age are mislead by thinking faeries are nice, perfect, beautiful, and lovely th [...]

    26. Jonathan Young

      4.5*Full Review: mountfandom.tumblr/post/13Spoilery thoughts. Like seriously Dave can leave. He seemed so nice until the strange glamour-love scene and then he shows his true colours and it's disturbing. Really disturbing.Ruth showing up again was totally awesome and so good for Val. Lolli was fading her quirks and borderline irritating personality made Ruth so much more important. It really marked the turning point when Ruth showed up. Her being there seemed to really pull Val forward and their [...]

    27. BriaKnits & Reads

      This book was an emotional roller coaster for me. I went through a lot of feels: Frustration, happiness, anger, shock, disgust, etc. I love when books do that though. It says that the writer did a great job of taking you through what the main character or characters are experiencing. I still cannot get over how exceptional Ms Holly Black is at melding two worlds together. Reality and magical/fantasy. What an oxymoronic space to settle in, but when written right, creates a beautiful world. Althou [...]

    28. Shay

      Ok Let me start by saying that I normally like Holly Black's books. I do. This one just didn't work for me. Now before there is a riot hear me out. I finished the book. I can't believe I made it to the end but I managed. It was extremely hard for me to complete it. I nearly gave up several times. I couldn't connect to Valiant at all on any level which made reading it a tedious task instead of enjoyable by any stretch of the imagination. The book just dragged on and on and I couldn't care less to [...]

    29. C

      The second book in the Ironside "series" features an entirely different set of characters from the first, which may disappoint readers just coming off a Tithe high. While I certainly missed those other characters, I personally found many of the new characters to be more dimensional and more intriguing than Kaye. My only major complaint is that the initial presentation of Val's character (i.e the way she was perceived at school) and the circumstances that cause her to run away felt forced and som [...]

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