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.
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.