Saturday, March 20, 2010

YA review: Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. When a mysterious boy enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of nowhere, Deirdre finds herself infatuated. Trouble is, the enigmatic and conflicted Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin—and Deirdre is meant to be his next mark. Deirdre has to decide if Luke's feelings towards her are real, or only a way to lure her deeper into the world of Faerie.

Read an excerpt from Lament.
My thoughts...I have been drawn in, twisted around, and wrapped up in the magic of Maggie Stiefvater's writing.  I do not have much experience with books of the Fae, but this one could be described as wonderful.  The plot of the story held a typical situation: girl crushes on the wrong guy.  The magic here is in the writing.  It is eloquent, romantic, poetic, and holds a magic that captured me.  One thing I noticed were the use of all of the senses, it used full imagery.  The story took me through a range of emotions that I was not expecting.  Parts of the story were scary and made me glance around my room into the dark corners.  The book was much more than a typical tale about faeries.
I enjoyed the characters in Lament.  I found the heroine Deirdre very likable and easy to relate to.  She made some reckless decisions, which I think would be typical of someone in her situation.  And of course, she fell for the bad boy, don't we all have a soft spot for that type of character.  Speaking of which, Luke was full of mystery and secrets.  I had a hard time trusting him and constantly wondered about his ulterier motives.  My favorite characters were the faeries.  While they were described as beautiful, graceful, and mesmerizing, their evil lurked just beyond the surface.  For me, Faeries are the creepiest type of paranormal creatures.  The ones in this story were no exception. 
Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  It would be a great read for YA fans of all ages.  I am jumping right into Ballad, the second book in the Books of Faerie series. 
For more information about Maggie and her books, visit her on her website or on livejournal.  Don't have a copy?  You can purchase one from booksellers such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble


Heather (DarklyReading) said...

This sounds like a great book - I've been thinking about getting it since I've been getting more into reading books about the fae - their weird morals and societal rules are a nice change from the typical pack politics of weres or solitary vampire politics that I have been reading.

Juju at Tales of said...

Great review. I loved this too :)

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Oh you will LOVE Ballad! These books are so amazing!

Maria the Bookworm said...

Awesome review :) I have both Lament and Ballad but I've never gotten around to actually reading them. I think I have to now :D

fredamans said...

Another one for my list! Great review!

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