Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Good Neighbors by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh

Do you like graphic novels? I was drawn to The Good Neighbors primarily because I so enjoyed the Tithe series. And I'm happy to say it's a great start to a new series

The story centers on Rue, a troubled teen, who breaks into buildings with her friends on weekends to take photographs. Her mother has recently disappeared and her father has been acting strangely ever since. He doesn’t go to work, barely talks to Rue, and seems to have shut down. As if this isn’t enough, Rue starts to see weird beings, with horns and wings and animal heads — the faerie world. They are all around her but nobody else can see them.

When a student is murdered, her father is implicated, and the police think he may have killed her mother as well. Rue’s (maternal) grandfather shows up to claim her. But, think about it, would you go with people you had never met before, never even heard discussed? Turns out, they are faeries, the good neighbors who have lived peacefully with humans for so long, but her grandfather is now threatening the mortal world. Then the question becomes, can Rue stop him?

Oh, and the drawings of this rather disturbing world, where things are often not what they seem, are fabulous.

Did it live up to your expectations?

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