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Valiant

A Modern Tale of Faerie

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Publisher: Simon Pulse

4.0
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Language:English | Number of Pages: 320 | Format: Paperback | In other languages: (other languages) German

Isbn-10: 0689868235 | Isbn-13: 9780689868238 | Publish date:  | Edition Reprint

Also available as: Hardcover , Audio CD , Others , Audio Cassette , eBook , Library Binding

Category: Fiction & Literature , Romance , Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Book Description
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.

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    La Bella e la Bestia, ma molto moolto gotico.

    Bello, ma non mi ha fatto impazzire.
    In alcuni punti mi sono veramente annoiato e contavo le pagine che mancavano alla fine, in altri lo trovavo piacevole ma non abbastanza da accendere la scintilla.
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    Bello, ma non mi ha fatto impazzire.
    In alcuni punti mi sono veramente annoiato e contavo le pagine che mancavano alla fine, in altri lo trovavo piacevole ma non abbastanza da accendere la scintilla.
    Valerie mi è simpatica e non mi sembra poi tanto diversa da Kaye, Ravus è stupendo.
    Gli amici " Freakshow" di Val fanno veramente paura:
    Dave il fratello ingrato pazzo, Luis il fratello dai mille e piercing e Lolli la squilibrata.
    Mamma Mia ! Che botta di vita !.
    La trama è carina, sopratutto l'intera faccenda Ravus/Tamson/Mabry.
    E la fine ? Beh non mi ha acceso la scintilla però l'apparizione di Roiben non ha prezzo !.
    Mi dispiace che non mi sia piaciuto come avrei voluto, ma per essere un YA è molto originale.
    " Ironside " è l'ultimo della trilogia e l'ultimo delle avventure di Kaye e Roiben.
    Spero di rincontrare Val e Ravus.

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  • 3

    Way better than Tithe. Val is a truly kick-ass & lovable protagonist, which doesn't happen often <3. Not a bad read, considering it's only a YA lightweight...

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    "None of them seemed to see Val or Dave. It was as if the two of them had become invisible, just part of the trash they were sorting through. It was the sort of thing that she'd heard about on televis ...continue

    "None of them seemed to see Val or Dave. It was as if the two of them had become invisible, just part of the trash they were sorting through. It was the sort of thing that she'd heard about on television and in books. It was supposed to make you feel small, but she felt liberated. No one was looking at her or judging her based on whether her outfit matched or who her friends were. They didn't see her at all."

    "Her fear melted away, replaced with power. Power that throbbed inside of her, giddy and eager, opening her up like a puzzle box to find all of her secret hurt and anger and confusion. Power that whispered to her in tongues of fury, with promises of triumph."

    "People said that video games were bad because they made you numb to death, made you register entrails splattering across a screen as a sign of success. In that moment, Val thought that the real problem with games was that the player was suppossed to try everything. If there was a cave, you went in it. If there was a mysterious stranger, you talked to him. If there was a map, you followed it. But in games, you had a hundred million billion lives and Val only had this one."

    "'I would remain nearer you for what time there is.'
    'Gone in a faerie sigh,' She quoted.
    Leather-clad fingers brushed over her short hair, rested on her cheek. 'I can hold my breath.'"

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    "For I shall learn from flower and leaf
    That color every drop they hold,
    To change the lifeless wine of grief
    To living gold."
    —Sara Teasdale, "Alchemy"

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    My thoughts

    This was a good mix of the real and fantastical. I liked the way Val finds the strength in herself to help her new friends, both human and other. I also liked how Black interspersed faery folk among t ...continue

    This was a good mix of the real and fantastical. I liked the way Val finds the strength in herself to help her new friends, both human and other. I also liked how Black interspersed faery folk among the buildings and parks of Manhattan and New Jersey. I look forward to reading the first book in the series, Tithe.

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