Saturday, January 21, 2012

Review for Lament

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance (faerie)
Pages: 325
Source: Library

Summery from GoodReads…

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 . . .

The Good
Faeries are kinda sweet! Not the sweet like the chocolate chip cookie in my hand cause they’re actually very evil twerps who like to play with their prey. This was my first introductions to faeries of the none Tinker Bell variety and as they part in the whole plot goes I enjoyed them. Perhaps I felt that it was a bit underdeveloped but still good.
I had a couple of favorite characters in this book but sadly they all had very minor roles. I’m in love with James. The kilt wearing, shovel bearing, optimist who I would so go out Sara and Una were my other favorites: Una for her unfailing glee and Sara… well, I almost want to think of her as a nice Cordelia (BtVS). The twist at the end was very unexpected and I really appreciated that. Many things seemed to left open for a sequel but on the other hand it did have a “final feeling” ending… did that make any sense???

The Bad
I will start this out by saying that most of my comments here have to do with personal disinterest in mostly character driven stories and not what I think about the writing technically. That being said, I confess I wasn’t a big fan of the book. Deirdre annoyed me to no end with her blatant lack of worry for the dangers around her just because she has a blinding infatuation with the dangerous guy from her dreams. And (to go on a rant) quite frankly I’m tired of soulless beings falling in love and being given a conscious. They’re SOULLESS!!! And I wish that stories involving the supernatural would have them more involved in the main plot then seemingly just a side thing. (End rant…. Sorry for that.)
I thought that the ending, while enjoyable, was a bit choppy. Some of the characters seemed to be left hanging and some things felt too convenient.

The Krazyness
Q. If you had a chance to dance with a faerie would you?

A. I would love to but I wouldn’t want to get lost. I’d probably do it like Deirdre if I did. How about you?

Moral of the Story
Never leave home without your trusty iron shovel ^_^

 3 Elf Cookies


  1. Since you liked James, I'd recommend Ballad, which is a kind of spin-off of Lament. He's the main character in that book. I haven't read it yet, but I've heard good things!

  2. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it more. Next you should read Wicked Lovely, it's not as character driven and really gets into fey politics.

    I probably wouldn't dance with a faerie. I love faeries and know them too well, it would only end badly.

  3. Lol. I'm much more into characters than I am plot, but to each their own, right? Haha.

  4. haha, yeah I'm more of a plot girl with a side of characterization =D