Valiant : A Modern Tale of Faerie (The Modern Faerie Tales #2)

Valiant : A Modern Tale of Faerie (The Modern Faerie Tales #2)
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14+
Release Date
May 03, 2005
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0689868227
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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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My all time favorite book
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Reader reviewed by Kaycee Joy

Val runs away to New York and meets quite a unique group of squatters. Lolli and Dave introduce Val into a whole new world of mystic and drugs, faerie drug that is, called Never. Val follows Dave around doing his 'job'. The fey are getting the drug from Dave, which keeps them strong from the steel and iorn as well as providing them with glamour. The fey are also being murdered... Val becomes addicted to Never and meets Ravus, who helps Val in her journey to recover and solve the murder mystery.
The mystical nature of this book is so gracefully combined with everyday life and reality. I LOVE this book, it is my favorite.


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valiant: a fairy tale for teens
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Reader reviewed by bookreader

in valiant by holly black is a great book, it is about a girl named val who catches her boyfriend cheeting on her. so she takes a train to new york and shaves off all her hair on the way there (i think she was just mad otherwise she probably wouldnt have done it). when she gets to new york, by a stroke of luck she meets two pepole in a cofee shop, named lolli and dave, who invite her to stay with them in the abandond subway station they live in with daves brother luis, who claims to see fairys and work for a troll. val doesnt beeleve in fairys, so lolli takes her to ware luis says the troll lives. but when the troll comes back and lolli and val are still there,val makes a deel to save lolli's life. so now shes making diliverys for the troll, just like luis.but when someone starts to poison the exilled fairys the troll val and luis work for is the main suspect. i really liked this book because its so difrent from holly blacks other series "the spiderwick cronicles" and you will never expect the ending (you should probably be at least 13 to read this book)

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Not Your Modern Fairy Tale
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Reader reviewed by Sarah Norton

Valiant isn't your traditional fairy story. Monsters, love and betrayal; what more could you ask for?
     Val Russel is the fairy tale gone wrong. When she comes home to discover her mother and boyfriend together she flees to the big city of New York. She finds the truth about the real world were fairies exist. Will she runaway again? Or face her fears to save the people she loves?
      Valiant is a good book when your down in the dumps it gives you a real high! (Quite literally).
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Dark and wicked read
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Reader reviewed by fayeflame

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 bad.
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 ends up risking her
life to solve the mystery and protect her unlikely troll-friend.

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was a dark and exciting story.It had a modern upbeat to it but i wanted
more, i wanted to know the other characters more(like what was lolli's
story).I found myself drawn into the love story that unfolded between
Val and Ravus, the troll, though it was kind of weird but sweet. Val
finds her inner strength, learns for forgive, and stops running away
from her problems. I love this book, my favorite character Roiben (from
book 1 Tithe) had a little part in the story, showing his new status as
the Unseelie King with my other fav character Kaye by his side Yay.
Great book can't wait to read Ironside

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Can u see them? see what?... the Fairies
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Reader reviewed by fayeflame

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 bad.
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 ends up risking her
life to solve the mystery and protect her unlikely troll-friend.

It
was a dark and exciting story.It had a modern upbeat to it but i wanted
more, i wanted to know the other characters more(like what was lolli's
story).I found myself drawn into the love story that unfolded between
Val and Ravus, the troll, though it was kind of weird but sweet. Val
finds her inner strength, learns for forgive, and stops running away
from her problems. I love this book, my favorite character Roiben (from
book 1 Tithe) had a little part in the story, showing his new status as
the Unseelie King with my other fav character Kaye by his side Yay.
Great book

can't wait to read Ironside

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Do you believe in faeries?
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Reader reviewed by Lauren

I thought this book was great, because i love these kinds of books. Val found her mother and her boyfriend together,and ran away to New York City. She find Lolli and Dave and they become friends, they take her to the platform that they have been living on. Daves older brother Luis acts as a carrier for these Faeries since he has the gift in which he could see them. Lolli and Val go to find these faeries and get caught steeling by a troll named Ravus. Val promises one month servitude in enchange for freeing Lolli. Val grows to love the troll and will have to face many obstacles.
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grim, gritty, & beautifully put together
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Reader reviewed by spix_16

My guess is that even if you don't have a thing for fantasy, you'll still love this book. It has plenty of real elements in it: violence, drugs (and plenty of them), life on the streets, anger, deception, and strength. This isn't just about faeries and magic, it's about a teenager struggling to gain control of her life and make her own choices, even if they're totally wrong.

The protagonist is Val, seventeen years old and an almost-jock. When she discovers a humiliating secret about her mother and boyfriend, she heads off to New York where she falls in with a group of other teenagers living on the streets who live by their own rules. As Val is about to find out, they know of the solitary faeries hiding out in the city, who create their own beautiful and dangerous world. She will soon meet Ravus, a reclusive, wise troll with pain to match her own and a heart he is afraid to give away.

This book has all the darkness and disgust of the real world mixed in with gorgeous fairytale detail: honeycakes conjured up from stones, lovely mermaids lying pale and dead on the banks of rivers, fairy dust snorted and shot up with needles. Holly Black creates once more a painful, intense story with an ending that won't disappoint you. I loved it even more than Tithe. Val is angry, angsty, a troublemaker and a hero, always screwing things up and sticking up for herself: one of my favorite heroines of all.
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A Modern Tale of Faerie
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Reader reviewed by busra

The first time i picked up the book i put it back and like few weeks later i went back to the library again and found the same book but this time i took it out and i'm very pleased that i took it out.Well the book is about a girl and her ending up doing jobs for a demon and falling in love with him.They encounter a couple of problems but they get toghether in the end of the book.I think its gets better towards the end of the book.A MUST READ BOOK!!!!!!!!
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