Valiant – Holly Black

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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.

I really like Val. She’s a strong girl that wants to help her friends, even if she has to face down a troll to do it! Again Black’s faerie creatures are dark, but intriguing. This is not really a sequel to Tithe, but can be read with it. – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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