The Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black


I read the Cruel Prince Trilogy and the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare so it feels nice to actually see how the Seelie and Unseelie world works with this compilation of Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside. If you are a fan of both Cruel Prince Trilogy and Mortal Instruments - then this is definitely a must-read. 
Title: The Modern Faerie Tales (Tithe, Valiant, Ironside) 

Author: Holly Black

Type: Fiction

Category: Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy 

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Total Chapters: 

Tithe: 15 + Prologue 
Ironside: 14 + Prologue
Valiant: 15 + Prologue and Short story

Total Pages: 785

Table of Contents: Not applicable

Summary From The Book: 

In Tithe, sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she drifts from place to place with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient and violent power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms - a struggle that could very well mean her death.

In Valiant, the companion to Tithe, seventeen-year-old Valerie runs away to New York City, 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. When one talks Val into tracking down the lair of a mysterious creature, Val finds herself torn between her affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.

In Ironside, the sequel to Tithe, the time has come for Roiben's coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing - her love for Roiben. But when Kaye drunkenly declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest to find a faerie who can tell a lie. Unable to see Roiben until she has fulfilled his quest, Kaye finds herself in the center of the battle of wits and weapons being waged over his throne.

My Thoughts: 

Reading the book's summary had me confused at first because all I know is that this book is supposed to be about Kaye and Roiben which I was introduced to from the books Cruel Prince Trilogy. So I was thinking that who is Valerie for Valiant?!

Anyway, the first book Tithe was focused on Kaye's point of view. The book Tithe got me hooked when Kaye discovered about her true self. I wanted to know how it ends so I finished it off rather fast. 

For the second book, I wanted more action for Kaye and Roiben but I got a little disappointed that the whole story is just about a whole lot of new characters. I find it quite boring at first and I am reading it in a slow pace because my favorite characters and what I was looking for are not included. This book focused on Valerie's point of view. It took me some time to finish this but it is still a requirement to be read in order to understand the last book. 

The last book, Ironside - is now back to focus on Kaye and her friends, her true identity. I was able to appreciate the second book, Valiant during the middle of my reading in Ironside. All the story from the first and second book finally finds its connection in the last book - for that I am grateful!

Like I said on my preview on the top of this blog post, this book is actually nice for the added knowledge and details about the Faeries. However, I am a little sad that it only has a short story about Roiben's interaction at the book The Cruel Prince. I was expecting that the book series will include the major part of the disaster that happened in the Wicked King. 

My favorite character of the story maybe Corny because I find his tenacity quite adorable specially when he finally met the one in Ironside. I also think that all his pent-up emotions are quite real on what is happening to us humans. He is the character that I find most realistic. 

The scene that I love is when Kaye discovered about her true self. I can feel the anticipation, the stress, and the bewilderment. 

All of the titles from the three books are included in the story. I do not want to share it because it may contain some spoilers. 

The book is about friendship, love, trust, and of course - faeries!

My Favorite Line/s:


"Nothing but hard work gets anyone anywhere. Even then, people don't get what they want. People just suffer, and no one knows why they suffer."


"You can't talk about me like I'm a thing."


"Whatever you love, that was your weakness."

Rating: 3.5/5 because I was interested but not as . 


To those who wants more details and stories about the faeries. Specially if you love the faeries from Mortal Instruments and if you love the trilogy - The Cruel Prince.

Quotations: One More Chance By Juan Miguel Sevilla


"Minsan its better for two people to break up. So they can grow up. It takes grown-ups to make relationships work."


"Memory can be a funny thing - we really can't decide what we will remember. Our mind thinks everything and nothing is precious. We remember without bias; the most mundane things occupy the same space as the significant ones. I can't remember the date when I graduated from high school, but I can remember the minutest details from one random day several years ago. I can remember the combination of my locker from elementary school, but I can't recall what I had for lunch three days ago. Then there are the days when you remember almost everthing." - Popoy page 9

"Sometimes, I have to trust the truth a little bit more." - Popoy page 12

"I think when we first fall in love, there's really no turning back. After we become aware of the feeling, we continue to fall in love for the rest of our lives. We suddenly know we are capable of it. No matter who it may be, it just opens us up. It changes us so profoundly that we are never the same once we experience it. We never really go back to our old selves once we feel it. And we're all the better for it." - Popoy page 13

"Why are relationships such hard work?" - Helen page 16


"And sometimes different can be comforting." - Basha page 21

"Some people like to torture themselves more when already in pain." - Popoy page 25


"Arguments never end with someone winning or being right. They end with exhaustion leading to compromise." - Basha page 31


"When people get into relationships, sometimes they forget they're not only entering into a specific time in a person's life." - Basha page 39

"Bash, I just want what's best for you." - Popoy page 42

"There's no reasonable argument against it. How can she hate someone who just wants the best for her? The more she thinks about it, however, the more it just doesn't feel right." - Basha page 43


"Most people frown upon not knowing what you want in life. They always lament the loss of time, the hours and days wasted on aimlessly drifting without any discernible goal in life. But it takes courage to actually admit that you don't know everything you will do in life and yet, you're okay with it." - Basha page 52

"There are words that have hidden themselves for far too long. Words that have been waiting there, biding their time, waiting for the right moment to be said, for when they're at their truest, when they're at their most painful. Words can become ripe. Words like wine reach a certain point that when they're said, they're at their most potent." - Basha page 53

"I want to stop wondering 'what if'. I want to know 'what is'." - Basha page 54

"But the truth isn't meant to be pleasant; it's meant to tear things down and rebuild once again." - Basha page 54


"When people ask for space, do they really know what they're asking for? What is space after all but a concept no one can really put their finger on. It means different things to different people. Is it time? Time apart? What does it entail? Space is something people ask for when they can't muster enough courage to be the bad guy and ask for what they really want." - Popoy page 57

"And sometimes, people consciously avoid pain, not because they don't want to feel it but because they fear what it might uncover." - Basha page 60

"For her, to let go means to refuse all the happiness they have yet to share." - Basha page 61

"It's tiring to break each other's heart over and over again." - Basha page 65

"But you're asking for too much." - Popoy page 66


"Some wounds heals over time. Some wounds, however, never heal at all." Chinno and JP page 81

"You don't recognize how big the little things are until they're taken away from you." - Basha page 91

"How is it possible for one person to fall out of love? How do you go from loving to not?" - Popoy page 103

"For what good is love if it can be forgotten?" - Popoy page 106


"Sometimes, it's okay to admit you need help too." - Helen page 108

"Being alone for a while will do you good." - Helen page 108

"You were here for me then and I'm here for you now." - Helen page 108


"No matter how definite the end to a relationship was, seeing a former love is certain to bring back feelings that were once thought lost." - Basha page 116


"It's the simplest comment that hurts the most." - Basha page 132


"The past has many inhabitants. Some live in it by choice. Some live in it by circumstance. And there are those who live in it unknowingly." - Popoy page 133

"You just have to learn to live with it." - Popoy page 134

"Pop songs have that power; they grab hold of the heart with a simplicity that some say is dumb. But very few people would admit: it's the honesty of the cheesy love song that people latch on to." - Popoy page 144

"The past has many inhabitants. After all, the past can be a very comfortable place to live in." - Popoy page 145


"It's human nature to want to know more about someone you spent a significant amount of time with." - Popoy page 149

"Both of them love someone from afar. And as anyone with a pulse knows, it's the worst kind of love there is." - Basha page 155

"Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. It's times like this when being single is more of a curse than a blessing." - Basha page 156

"Time moves slowly when you're in pain." - Basha page 158


"But pain isn't really something one can take away, thinks Popoy. People just think they can. But it's impossible. The best they can wish for is happiness that's big enough to overwhelm the pain." - Popoy page 162

"He hates that the same feeling that used to make him feel alive now tears him apart from the inside." - Popoy page 162

"She loved me at my worst. You had me at my best." - Popoy page 166

"But maybe there's no such thing as right and wrong? Maybe people just have to make a choice and convince themselves the choice they made is right." - Basha page 170

"The effect one has on others should not be underestimated. Some people can really damage us so bad that we never recover. We are forever broken - and all happiness we feel from then on is tainted by that heartbreak." - Basha page 170


"Don't ever think that it was a mistake that you chose to find yourself, that you chose to love yourself a little bit more." - Mark page 180

"It's better for two people to breakup so they can grow up. It takes grown-ups to make relationships work." - Mark page 180


"If only apologies can turn back time, Popoy thinks. But they cannot." - Popoy page 189

"I want my heart to stop breaking." - Popoy page 190


"There's really nothing more effective at making you realize what's important than actually losing it." - Helen page 197


"People say we spend half our lives looking for our own place in the world. And for a time, it's all I ever thought about. I guess I was at that age when defining myself was the most important thing in teh world. I didn't want to be identified as someone's girlfriend, someone's daughter, someone's employee - I wanted to be me." - Basha page 199