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.


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. 


  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.

  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!

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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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