The Good Neighbors Book Two: Kith by Black & Naifeh Graphic Novel Review


Title: The Good Neighbors Book Two: Kith

Author: Holly Black & Ted Naifeh

Publisher: Graphix

ISBN: 9780439855631


May Contain Spoilers

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Rue Silver’s life is not what it appears to be. Her mother is a faerie, and has been taken back to the faerie realm. As Rue goes to bring her back, she must travel deep into an inhuman world. At the same time, the faerie realm is venturing into our world too, and taking its toll on those Rue loves. When her grandfather’s plans threaten Rue’s city, she realizes that she’s the only one who can stop him. But is Rue a human or a faerie? Where does she fit? How does she know the difference between love and enchantment?

Ever since Rue discovered that her mother is a fairy, her life has been turned upside down.  It doesn’t help that her father’s indiscretion drove her mother away, or that nothing is the same without her.  Sure, her mom was always a bit out in left field, and she never gave very good advice, but a girl still longs for her mother’s presence.  With her relationships with her friends and her father in tatters, Rue doesn’t know what to do.  Complicating matters, her creepy grandfather, Aubrey, a very scary and very powerful faerie, wants her by his side.  What is a frightened girl to do when her world is crumbling at its foundations?

Despite some confusing jumps in location and perspective, this is turning out to be an intriguing read.  My biggest complaint is still the art, but only because it’s hard to peg Rue’s age.  I think she and her friends look a lot older than they are, and that is making some of their reactions seem a little off.  Nobody ever smiles, either, but I guess they don’t really have much to smile about.

Rue is struggling with so many problems now that she knows the truth about her mother.  The biggest question, and the one that she is afraid to discover the answer to, is whether or not she’s human.  She can do things that other humans can’t, and now her friends are looking at her with a new wariness.  There is a distance yawning between her and her boyfriend, and the harder she tries to bridge the distance, the wider it seems to grow.  When she learns that Aubrey is planning on taking over her town and turning it into a faerie paradise, she is desperate to stop him.  All the while she tries to understand both of her parents, and it is easy to see why she is stressing out.

The Good Neighbors: Kith continues to deliver a solid, slightly spooky tale about a young woman who is plagued with questions about who and what she is.  Rue is helpless and frail compared to the powerful faeries she’s trying to outwit, but she doesn’t let her fear interfere with her quest to save her friends and her town.  Despite the overwhelming odds against her, and the supernatural foes she’s facing, she doggedly moves forward, uncovering a hidden strength she didn’t know she possessed.  I’m hooked – when’s the third installment coming out??

Grade: B

This book was rented from my local library.