Monday 6 June 2011

Lament review

Maggie Stiefvater
January 3rd 2011 (UK)
Scholastic (UK)

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 . . . 

I enjoyed Lament a lot more than I thought I would. I thought I would like it less than Shiver (seeing as it's her first novel) but to be completely honest, I think I liked it a teeny tiny bit more than Shiver. I liked just being inside one characters head, and I really loved Deirdre! She was kind of spunky, yet vulnerable too, and that was good, and I liked how she reacted to her relationship with Luke. That she couldn't help it (and that annoyed me a bit...) but that she understood how improbable and silly it should be, if you get me. Because the whole paranormal-insta-love thing does get on my nerves a wee bit. But, I do like faeries.

Luke. I really liked Luke too, though he did get on my nerves a little bit. At first, he was a wee bit creepy, but that's something I've come to expect from paranormals these days, and then he sort of went from a little bit creepy to really kinda sappy. But, I did really like is backstory, and learning about his involvement with the faerie queen, and it was all very interesting :) And I loved Granna! For the short time she was in the book, I really liked her. She wasn't funny or anything, but I liked her calmness in the face of danger. That was cool.

And my favourite character was undoubtedly James! He was so lovely, and funny, and he really cared about Deirdre! I really want to read Ballad because it's about him. He's just so loveable :D

I really liked the faeries too. The whole plot I really enjoyed, and especially that end bit. I'd thought the faeries weren't that bad, that vicious until that scene. But Aodhan was a right piece of work! Bleurgh. Creepy little guy... But I DID love Brendan and Una. Hated Aunt Delia though. And I'm still not sure what her deal is... Either way, she just isn't very nice...

I think the think I liked most about Lament though, is the ending. It was really well done, and I liked that it wasn't essentially happy. Sometimes that's a good thing, you know. And I think it was for the best. Either way, it wasn't a typical ending. 

Lament is a great faery book that I think any fan of paranormals, or Maggie, will really, really enjoy! 4 stars :D


  1. I liked Shiver and Linger, and while I knew she had other books I never really checked them out! Thanks for the great review! I might pick this one up sometime!

  2. Thanks for the review!! :D
    I have Shiver but I havent got round to reading it. I'm going to have a break from fairies for a bit I think (theyre the one paranormal type that I cant get along with 100% of the time!) but I think I'll try and get this one soon!! :)


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