Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Lament-Review

Lament - Maggie Stiefvater Pictures, Images and Photos

Goodreads Description:
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 . . .

Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.
My Thoughts:
I’ve read a lot of books about faeries and I’ve really come to love them. I love seeing  each authors take on faerie lore and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed Maggie Stiefvater’s take in Lament.  
It’s obvious from the beginning that Deirdre is not your average sixteen-year-old girl. Her musical ability is exceptional to the point of almost unheard of. Couple that with clovers turning up everywhere Deirdre turns, the unexplained arrival of Luke, and the strange way her Grandmother has been acting and you have all the signs of great mystery.
The characters were well developed and the story line flowed well. I loved Deirdre’s Grandmother. I just wish there would have been a little more of her. I would have loved for her to explain what she knew about the faeries a little more. I felt like there were some questions that weren’t answered that well and could have been by her.
The other character I loved was Luke (of course). I loved how unselfish he was when it came to protecting Deirdre. He didn’t hesitate to put her needs before his own.
The ending was tough. I wish there was a little more resolution. I felt like there were a lot of things left up in the air. Maybe (hopefully) they will get resolved in the sequel, Ballad, which I can’t wait to read.
Overall, Lament was a great read with plenty of mystery to keep you on your toes.
Grade: B

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