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.(Goodreads)
- Genre: YA Paranormal, Contemporary Fantasy
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
- Published: September 26, 2006
- ISBN-10: 0689868235
- ISBN-13: 978-0689868238
Author’s Website: http://www.blackholly.com/
Even though it is the second in the series, you don't have to read the first book, Tithe to enjoy or understand Valiant. I connected with Val because she is strong through out the book. She really sees who people really are, with the exception of her mother and ex-boyfriend, and does not take anything at face value. Even, when she is strung out on Never, she knows what she is doing is wrong and is going to ultimately hurt her self and others. I don't think Lolly ever saw that, she always thought she was in control. I think Val realized she wasn't in control, but just didn't know how to stop, until the end of the book; where she did redeem herself.
The love story is awesome-chick who shaved her head and is living in a subway meets a wonderful, albeit tortured soul, who is an ogre. LOVED IT!
I suggest the whole series, but if you were to read only one of the books, read this one!
5 moons: I absolutely loved it, and will be looking into everything this author writes.
Recommended ForTeen and up. There is sex, but not graphic.
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