VALIANT by Holly Black
About VALIANT (taken from goodreads.com)
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.
Review of VALIANT
I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book in this series so I didn’t end up being a huge fan of this one. I didn’t like how this book was a whole new set of characters. I felt like I was just beginning to understand the first ones and now these new ones are being sprung on me.
There was a lot of drug use in this book which was fine except that there were so many stereotypes about it. The author is just not a great writer. Using stereotypes all the time, the characters were lacking and the story was choppy.
The idea was good and the story was good in general but there were things that could have been way better. I did like the romance happening with the main character. It made the story a little lighter. Not the greatest book but bearable.
3 out of 5
“I would remain nearer you for what time there is.”