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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: 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. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . .

Review: I've never read any of Maggie Stiefvater's books until Shiver and when I did, I was eager to read more of her work. I eventually found this book intriguing, and if not, mysterious. It's almost completely different from Shiver so that was great, but the writing was still as magnificent. I especially love the musical aspect of it. (In case you didn't know, Deirde plays harp, Luke plays flute, and James plays the bagpipe) The female protagonist was relatable which gives it a plus. Am I looking forward to the sequel? Heck, yes.

Now, let's try something new ;)

My thoughts of:

The Beginning: I wasn't into this book in the first few chapters. I mean, where did this Luke come from and why did Deirde feel completely at ease with him? How could she move clovers? As you can tell, many questions formed in my mind. It wasn't until around the sixth chapter that I could not stop flipping pages.

The Middle: I loved it. Lots and lots of details were revealed, and they answered all my questions at the beginning. Clarification! As I knew more about Luke's past, I sympathized for him and liked him more as a character. James proved to be even a better friend than I thought even though I already thought he was caring. Of course, the best friend is secretly in love with the other friend. But...I actually liked it. (And knowing that the second book is narrated by him makes me even more excited; switching narrators will make this series really fresh and spectacular.)

I gasped as it was revealed that the Queen is making Luke kill someone very important. More clarification equals awesomeness.

The End: Like many books, I found myself sad that the flipping of pages was soon coming to a halt. I, myself, hate sad endings--even if the ending is just a BIT sad--but the bittersweet ending of Lament made me long for the release of the second book.

October 1st, please come faster! (:

Rating: 4/5


Pixie said...

Great review. I loved this book. I cant wait to read Ballad.

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

I agree can't wait for Ballad and loved Lament, just love Maggie in general-she is awesome!

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Nice review! I haven't read anything by this author yet, but I've been hearing awesome things.


Unknown said...

I really want to read this. I have Ballad coming to me at some point and would really like to have it read first.

Wendy said...

Hi, Kim! Fab review, I haven't read any of Maggie's book but I want to start with Shiver and this one, sounds soo good. :)

Unknown said...

I've been wanting to read this for awhile. It sounds really good and with the sequel coming out I'm going to have to move it up my tbr list.