Saturday, May 28, 2011

Lament (Books of Faerie #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Lament (Books of Faerie, #1)SUMMARY (by the publisher): Sixteen-year-old Deirdre is a cloverhand – someone who can see faeries. When she finds herself irresistibly drawn to beautiful, mysterious Luke, Dee senses that he wants something more dangerous than a summer romance. But Dee doesn't realise that Luke is an assassin from the faerie world. And she is his next target.

MY OPINION:

I have never been much of YA reader, but I might become one after reading Lament. It is a beautiful and fresh love story with more than a pinch of danger and supernatural.

The relationship between Luke and Dee is utterly romantic, although irrational. It could use some more building, but their otherworldly romance is sweet and all-consuming. Luke is a picture perfect boy whom Stiefvater’s description actually brings to life in a makes-me-faint manner. Dee is depicted believably and she is easily to identity with for her family relationships, domestic problems and her self-consciousness.

The story drawing on legends of faeries is captivating throughout the book. The old fairy tradition of evil and dangerous-to-people faeries seems to be getting forgotten and I liked being reminded of it. I would like to know more about cloverhands and Dee’s family cloverhand history, though. There is also some room for all the clover mystery still open.

All in all, Lament is a page-turner with a compelling storyline. The ending surprised me; it is sad and happy at the same time, but fitting.

RECOMMENDATION: This is the book for everyone who likes some innocent romance entwined with danger and supernatural. 

7 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! It is a fresh take a lot of YA things, and quite compelling. I especially loved the Celtic fairy mythology.

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  2. I really liked Shiver but haven't read any of the others because I thought it worked well as a standalone and felt the rest would ruin it for me! I assumed this was a wolfy one but as it's not I may look it up!

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  3. I've heard alot about this author and she sounds good. I'm not into YA either, but this does seem like something I'd like.

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  4. @ Irena: Celtic faerie mythology is one of my favourite parts of this book, too.

    @ Ellie: I have yet to read Shiver. Can't wait.

    @ Yvonne: Lament certainly makes one consider reading YA.

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  5. Great review! I love books that have anything to with faeries, and I've recently gotten back into YA books, so I'm going to have to check this one out.

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  6. Oh I'm glad you liked this one, even though I didn't. I think I am a minority since a lot of people liked this. I just thought the love story was a bit forced, imo.

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  7. @ SweetMarie83: I 'll probably consider reading more YA books, too.

    @ Jillian: Yes, like I said, maybe romance could be less rushed, it probably wouldn't seem a bit forced then.

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