Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Book Review: Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Lament
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Date of Publication: 3rd January 2011
Pages: 356
Source: Bought
Series: Books of Faerie #1
Synopsis 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 . . .

*Minor spoilers. But they're only little...*

My Thoughts:
I love Maggie Stiefvater. Whether she writes about faeries or werewolves, she's awesome. Her writing is amazing, and her stories are so well written. I absolutely loved Shiver, but I think Lament is even better.

Lament is about faeries. I love faeries. Doesn't everyone love faeries? Anyway, as I was saying, Lament was awesome. The writing flowed perfectly throughout the book, and there wasn't one point where I thought the story was slow, or there was a plot hole. I was glued to the pages, and I couldn't stop reading.

One of the things I really need to enjoy a book, is a strong and likeable main character. There is no point reading a story about a character you don't like, in my opinion. Dierdre Monaghan is a strong and likeable main character. She's a musician, and a very good one, who is also a cloverhand, someone who can see faeries. The only complaint I may have about her, and it isn't really a complaint, is that when she was told that faeries exist, she didn't freak out or go weird. She just accepted it and carried on with her life. Wouldn't you be at least a little surprised if you found out that the world was actually full of faeries or supernatural creatures that are trying to kill you? I don't know about you, but I would definitely be freaking out. Anyway. I really liked her, and I enjoyed reading about her. And her relationship with Luke was so sweet. It just made me go 'aww' whenever he called her 'pretty girl'...

Although, having said this, I didn't want Dierdre to fall in love with Luke. I was Team James all the way. He's so cute, the way he sends a text confessing his love. Oops. Minor spoiler... Anyway, I just think that Dierdre should have chosen James.

The plot was well thought out, and well paced. A lot happened, but it didn't feel rushed, as some books sometimes do. I enjoyed the twists in the story, and only saw one coming. (which I was very proud of :P)
Overall, Lament is an awesome read, and I think everyone who loves faeries or Shiver should read it. And even if you don't, you should still read it. It is so good. There isn't really much more I can say without repeating myself. It. Is. Awesome.

My Rating:
I give it 5 feet!


Challenges:
2011 Paranormal YA Reading Challenge #5
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #7

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