Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms -- a struggle that could very well mean her death.
I really like this book because Holly Black can make her teenage characters sound like teenagers. In a lot of YA novels the teenagers sound like dumb adults or are badly written and really don't sound like young adults. This was truly impressive. The plot was very good and kept you interested and wanting more. I enjoyed thee characters and how they were connected to the mythology. The 'evil' faerie queen was named after an actual legend. The mythology about true names holding power over the fae. I truly appreciate the actual research that the author put into finding out about the mythology of the fae. This is a romantic adventure book. I usually don't read romance but I was pleasantly surprised by the way it wasn't overbearing. This is part of a series and I plan to read the rest as soon as possible.
I recommend this to anybody really, but the younger folk should be cautious due to the alcoholism and language. The actual story could be a little bad for the young ones.