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Reviewed by Ashleigh
Writer: Holly Black
Artist: Ted Naifeh
Publisher & Pages: Graphix (Scholastic), 113 pages
Blurb: For generations, the faerie realm has been waiting to take over the human realm. Their time has come.
Something is going wrong in Rue Silver’s world. Her boyfriend has changed. Her friends are drifting in strange – and sometimes homicidal – directions. And even the land around her seems to be shifting.
Rue is in a unique position to see these things. She’s half faerie, half human . . . and her family history is tied directly to the fate of her friends and the future of everything around her. In order to save the humans, she’s going to have to travel deep into the realm of the faeries – and resist the temptation to stay there.
Highlight: This is a gripping story.
Caution: It feels a bit rushed.
Highlight: The artwork matches the tone of the story.
Caution: Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between the characters.
Review: I’m not normally one for comic books or graphic novels, but this one had me hooked. It’s a dark fantasy story, with matching artwork.
Kith is book two in The Good Neighbors series. I picked this up at a “fill-a-box with books” event without realising it wasn’t the first in the series. That doesn’t really matter though, because at the beginning of this book it recaps everything that happened in the first book.
The story itself is an intriguing one. As I was reading, it seemed as if it could be made into a TV show. I kind of see it as a show reminiscent of Bitten, except with faeries.
The artwork matches the tone of this story, and overall I really liked it. I did have some issues with the style of drawing though – mainly, sometimes I couldn’t tell the characters apart. There were a few characters that had doppelgängers, so they didn’t really look all that different to other characters.
As for the story…I felt that it was perhaps a bit too rushed. I don’t know if this is a characteristic of comic books and graphic novels or if it is the story itself. Maybe an avid reader of this genre can tell the difference?
Story Rating: 4/5
Illustrations Rating: 3.5/5
Overall Rating: 4 Stars