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Kin Rue Silver S Mother Has Disappeared And Her Father Has Been Arrested, Suspected Of Killing Her But It S Not As Straightforward As That Because Rue Is A Faerie, Like Her Mother Was And Her Father Didn T Kill Her Mother Instead, He Broke A Promise To Rue S Faerie King Grandfather, Which Caused Rue S Mother To Be Flung Back To The Faerie World Now Rue Must Go To Save Her And Must Also Defeat A Dark Faerie That Threatens Our Very Mortal World Rue Silver s mother has just disappeared, her father has been arrested under suspicion of killing one of his graduate students Things get worse when Rue starts seeing things that shouldn t be there strange people with animal heads and vines that cover whole buildings overnight You see, Rue s mother is a faerie, and Rue s father broke a promise that he made to the faerie king, who is ready to take revenge for this slight out on the entire human race.Writer Holly Black already has a strong fo Rue Silver s mother has just disappeared, her father has been arrested under suspicion of killing one of his graduate students Things get worse when Rue starts seeing things that shouldn t be there strange people with animal heads and vines that cover whole buildings overnight You see, Rue s mother is a faerie, and Rue s father broke a promise that he made to the faerie king, who is ready to take revenge for this slight out on the entire human race.Writer Holly Black already has a strong following with her work on The Spiderwick Chronicles and Tithe, and the world she creates here in which hip, sexy humans mingle with magic and ancient elves will probably have wide appeal for teens Additionally, the mysterious disappearances that drive the story promise their share of intrigue and suspense It s too bad, then, that this book just isn t any good The characters are flat and under developed, the dialog is stilted, and the terrible threat that the bad faeries supposedly pose to the human race is never revealed The main character pulls insight into her magical new reality out of thin air, and relationships between characters go totally unexplained Worst of all it seems that Black has no idea how comics work as a story telling medium, and with no sense of pacing or purpose the story clunks along until it ends The book sports some moody and evocative black and white art by Ted Naifeh, but without a good story to back it up, it feels like an afterthought.If you ve got teen readers in your library that are dying forHolly Black, then by all means pick this up However, there are much better fantasy comics out there and I d advise pushing your patrons toward something anything else instead Okay so The Cruel Prince NEEDS to be a graphic novel I m new to graphic novels but I turned to them while in a huge reading slump and I m glad I did I found this little gem randomly at my library, excitedly snatching a Holly Black something, I didn t care what as long as it was Holly Black, off the shelf And now I m kicking myself for not also grabbing books 2 and 3 as well I loved it I couldn t stop thinking about The Folk of The Air series as a graphic novel edition like The Mortal inst Okay so The Cruel Prince NEEDS to be a graphic novel I m new to graphic novels but I turned to them while in a huge reading slump and I m glad I did I found this little gem randomly at my library, excitedly snatching a Holly Black something, I didn t care what as long as it was Holly Black, off the shelf And now I m kicking myself for not also grabbing books 2 and 3 as well I loved it I couldn t stop thinking about The Folk of The Air series as a graphic novel edition like The Mortal instruments And how amazing it would be to have basically a book full of gorgeous fan art Rue s mother has always been a little different She talks to plants, hangs out naked in the yard and seems ageless Rue knows her mother is not like other parents But then, one day when her mom disappears, Rue begins to see strange things creatures with horns in the coffee shop, a winged girl hanging out in the high school hallway and she realizes that she s different too.Where has her mother gone and is Rue going crazyYou know how sometimes, when you glance at something out of the cornerRue s mother has always been a little different She talks to plants, hangs out naked in the yard and seems ageless Rue knows her mother is not like other parents But then, one day when her mom disappears, Rue begins to see strange things creatures with horns in the coffee shop, a winged girl hanging out in the high school hallway and she realizes that she s different too.Where has her mother gone and is Rue going crazyYou know how sometimes, when you glance at something out of the corner of your eye, it looks different for a moment Well, sometimes when I look straight at a thing, it looks weird too And those moments are stretching wider and widerpg 5.I enjoyed the faerie lore in this graphic novelIf an older mortal is beautiful or good at riddles, we might take them, but we always leave something behind in exchange Sometimes we glamour wood to take on their appearance or we abandon a faerie in their placepg 36.This book deals with surprisingly dark themes so I wouldn t let my tween read it The story contains non explicit drug use, rape and kidnapping It should be ok for most mature teens.The artwork is pretty The people aren t depicted like normal every day people especially the faeries but, for the most part, I don t think the artist over sexualized the women That s one of my pet peeves with graphic novels when they depict females as ridiculously proportioned pin ups But, like I said, this one isn t over the top.The faeries are quite creepy tooLet me tell you a story Long ago, mortals called us the fair folk, the people of peace, the good neighbors They called us these things not because we were fair or peaceful or good, but because they feared us As they should As they will againpg 77Recommended for readers who like dark fairy tales and fans of Holly Black So I ve only read one Holly Black book which was The Cruel Prince Also, I don t read graphic novels or any comic books really since I was like nine, and even then it was only the Archie comics So I didn t know how I was going to feel about it.First, the pictures were great Seriously loved the illustrations The graphic novel overall felt a bit lacking, but that may just be because I feel like I can getof a story from an actual book However, it was still really fun I did like the main So I ve only read one Holly Black book which was The Cruel Prince Also, I don t read graphic novels or any comic books really since I was like nine, and even then it was only the Archie comics So I didn t know how I was going to feel about it.First, the pictures were great Seriously loved the illustrations The graphic novel overall felt a bit lacking, but that may just be because I feel like I can getof a story from an actual book However, it was still really fun I did like the main character Rue she had a cool vibe, but I still didn t feel like there was a whole lot of characterization here for the characters Again, that could just be because it was a graphic novel So if you like comic book type books and fairies, I d suggest giving this one a try

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