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29 December 2010 @ 07:12 pm
Valiant (The Modern Faerie Tales, #2)Valiant by Holly Black

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think I liked Valiant more than Tithe and Ironside.

I mean Corny's a total doll, but storyline-wise, I prefer Valiant's. Overall, an easy read. Nothing too exciting to report, I remember liking this book a whole lot more, the first time around, years ago.

I still enjoy Val as a character, although her nature seems contradictory at most times. One second she's brave, the next she's weak, then she's the follower, and now she's in the zone. But I think that's why I liked her, she doesn't make sense.

One thing I found lacking, is how Val deals with her mother and Tom. In the end she doesn't do anything at all. I get that she comes back from her adventures from the city a changed person, newer, better, version 2.0, who's above the petty drama that is her former life, but it felt like there was a real lack of closure there. But I suspect I mostly feel that way, because reading about just desserts and revenge, is a whole lot more interesting and satisfying, than just knowing that they move on with their lives.

Another this that's annoying me is the new covers. They are kinda ugly. Not that it was anything to do with anything, story-wise, but ew gross, is that supposed to Ravus on the cover? How disappointing. There was nothing wrong with the old covers! I prefer them, because they give a sense of mystery, and allows readers to build their own idea of what the characters are supposed to look like!

Anyways. A couple of things didn't make sense to me, the mastermind plot behind the poisonings was way too unnecessarily complicated, and Val figured it out far too easily. It seemed like she guessed a whole lot of things, that just so luckily happened to be right. A little messy, but still fun to read.

And of course, knowing that Luis is secretly gay made it all better!

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