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5.0 out of 5 starsReally excellent!! Caught my interest right from the start
Reviewed in Canada on December 9, 2017
Really excellent!! Caught my interest right from the start!! 👍🏻 I’ll definetly be buying the second one in the series!!
I was not a fan of this book. The reviews for it are all over the place, but for the most part, people seemed to like it. This was another book I picked up in a thrift shop on a whim. I don't regret reading it (if I had, I wouldn't have finished it).
Stiefvaters' writing style is good – just the story of Lament in general wasn't done well. Having finished this book, I have no desire to read the others in the series – despite them sitting on my bookshelf and beckoning to me. I binge buy books so I can binge read them in case I love them – what can I say?
I haven't read any other books by Stiefvater, and after Lament I'm a little unsure as to whether or not I actually want to try. I won't read any more in this series – but I do hear good things about her Shiver Trilogy.
I honestly just found the book dreadfully boring. I wanted so very much to like it – I did. When I was in high school, I was a tad obsessed with fairies and Irish myths and legends and read some absolutely astounding YA books on the topic. Stiefvater's Lament just didn't live up to that past love for me. The characters were dry and uninteresting. The plot didn't seem to go much of anywhere and I'm honestly surprised I made it to the end. I think it took me about a month to read. It never takes me a month to read anything.
The story was abstract and random and at times just plain confusing. If you're a huge fan of fae literature, you may like the book more than I did, but you'll certainly have to work on your suspension of disbelief.
4.0 out of 5 starsAnother super supernatural romance
Reviewed in Canada on December 14, 2013
This teen novel is written by amazingly cool and very much talented Maggie Stiefvater and is full of action, the supernatural, romance, and of course, an inhumanly attractive and tortured soul for you to dream about. Rather than the typical path of supernatural fiction that most authors take, Stiefvater chooses to focus on fairies. And yes, I did say fairies. Now before you completely write off the book because you don't want to read a story about a girl who falls in love with a male version of Tinkerbell, Stiefvater constructs a world where fairies are dangerous. They're sneaky, unpredictable, and certainly can be vicious.
Lament does not have a shortage of violent episodes and a suspenseful, bloody climax that will have you on the edge of your seat. Lament helps to rewrite mythology about fairies and chooses to focus on the fairies who aren't frilly, sweet, and about pure goodness. Fairies are real and they are dangerous. Cloverhands are the humans who have the ability to see fairies, and once the fairies know who you are, they are attracted to that person. They view their interactions with humans as games--and their games can easily turn to bloodshed.
The premise is a mortal girl, with a strange ability to see fairies, falls in love with a tall, dark, [*cough* handsome], and dangerous stranger who is not all that he seems. The theme of "love conquers all" reigns true in this book--even if you're basically a hired hit man and you're supposed to kill the one you love. A love triangle, various interesting characters (both fairy and human), and music are all important components of the book.
More than the Dee (protagonist's) musical abilities on the harp (also, an amazing choice for her characterization), is the fact that the Dee suffers from social anxiety. I can identify with her in how awful and crippling social anxieties can be to deal with as I went through a bad period of battling it. I am a huge fan of authors who create an imperfect protagonist for us to root for because it makes them more human. The "ordinary, rather lonely" girl/boy protagonist is overdone. I love that this protagonist has a real flaw, something that thousands of people can relate to, even if they have never experienced it themselves.
The book is definitely worth a read if you're interested in supernatural romances, mythology, or if you just like teen/YA novels. Lament is beautifully written, exciting, and surprising. You will never look at fairies, clovers, or rabbits again. Also, you might think twice about going into the woods alone. Apparently vampires and werewolves are not the only dangerous things out there...
Deirdre Monaghan is an excellent harpist. At least she thought so until she met the devastatingly handsome Luke Dillon.
Luke's amazing musical skill unlocks something deep within Deirdre. Her talent at the harp becomes unmeasurable; however, other things begin to happen as well - strange things. Dee discovers that she possesses the power of telekinesis. She also learns to read the thoughts of those around her. Dee knows that Luke is somehow a part of all the craziness that is taking place, but he is unable to reveal his secrets.
Those secrets have the potential of killing both Luke and Dee. Dee must unravel the mystery surrounding Luke before it's too late - for both of them.
Stiefvater has created a novel that is reminiscent of Melissa Marr's WICKED LOVELY. The story centers on a girl who captures the attention of Faerie creatures. Of course, it is the responsibility of the human girl to set the wrong things right once again.
The author's formula veers from the norm by incorporating music into the plot. Dee plays the harp; Luke is a flautist; James, Dee's best friend, plays the bag pipes; all the while snippets of old Irish songs adorn the pages before each section of the novel.
The world of Faerie is becoming more prominent in young adult fiction, and this will be a welcome addition. Look for its sequel, aptly named BALLAD, due out next year.
3.0 out of 5 starsFae love triangle - not quite my thing
Reviewed in Canada on March 9, 2018
I found the first part of the book dragging and a bit dull, mostly because teen romance and passion feels alien to me. As well, Luke's affect on her mind bothered me, with her worries and doubts disappearing in her presence - partially attributable to love/lust, but more so to faerie glamour?
I started enjoying this far more once Deirdre begins to develop and discover her gifts, and it felt like the last third of the book whipped by fast.
As a fan of the Mercy Falls Werewolves books Shiver and Linger and soon to be Forever, comes Lament, another stunning book to add to the collection.
Dee is an average girl with a not so average musical talent. While she longs for people to see her for her and not her talent, the only person seeming to do so being her best friend James. What she is unaware of is that, that wish may be just what she will get. Someone she is happy to get the attention off of though is the talented flute player Luke, who mysteriously arrives at a competition that she is performing at where they end up performing a beautiful duet with her harp and voice and his flute to a heartbreaking song; `The Faerie girl's lament'.
It is from this moment that Dee begins to see that she is not so ordinary with the help of the mysterious Luke and she soon comes to learn that Luke is not so ordinary himself, and although she is not sure what he is, she can't help be attracted to him. It is clear that Luke is dangerous, but Dee doesn't know just how much and as she begins to unravel the mysteries behind shadow figures and four leaved clovers and why Luke is here, that the anti begins to rise.
We, as the reader, begin to fit the pieces together to form the puzzle. But with it, like Dee, we still want Luke to be the good guy despite it increasingly seeming like he is not. However, everything has a reason and there is reason to why Luke has done what he has done and we learn the harsh, heartbreaking reality to him all too late.
Things are never as they seem, and it's up to Dee with the help of some forest friends, to save both James and Luke. With a climatic and tragic end sequence that has emotions high, we feel the heartbreaking `pain of the two lovers, Luke and Dee in an attempt to over turn the past, but what will be of the future with the curse of `The faerie girl's lament on them? With the final turn of the page we are not so sure but hope that it is a love that can conquer in book 2: Ballad, which is out now.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 17, 2011
I'm going to start this review by saying that I don't have the best track record when it comes to books about faeries so I wasn't sure if I should read Lament or not. Having said that I am also a massive fan of Maggie Stiefvater, I love her Wolves of Mercy Falls series and I also really enjoyed her recent stand alone book The Scorpio Races. If anyone could convince me I like faeries then I was pretty sure it would be Maggie!
As I expected Lament is beautifully written, I don't think this author will ever write a book that isn't full of wonderful descriptions that transport you to the worlds she has created. I also enjoyed the mythology of her faeries more than I thought I would, these faeries are vicious, cunning and manipulative and staying one step ahead of them isn't going to be easy for our main character Dee. Unfortunately I didn't love the book as much as I've loved Maggie's later releases though. It's by no means a bad book but it didn't capture me the way her others have so although I will still read the sequel Ballad I won't be in a rush to do so.
Dee is a talented musician but she suffers from terrible stage fright whenever she has to perform in front of an audience. I found it easy to relate to her nervousness and I loved how her friend James was so supportive of her. What I didn't like was the romance between her and the mysterious Luke. Even when she finds out that Luke is an assassin who has killed countless victims and that she is his latest target she brushes it under the carpet because she is attracted to him. I wanted her to find out more about why he had done the things he had done before she even considered dating him but that just didn't happen. I don't enjoy the kind of instant connection that was between them when there was nothing to back it up apart from suspicion and behaviour on his part that should have had her running a mile in the opposite direction. Once you start to find out more about why Luke is the way he is then I started to like him more and I think I'd have preferred the romance if it had developed more slowly.
Although this wasn't my favourite book I still think Maggie Stiefvater is a wonderful author, she is on my automatically buy list and I'm very much looking forward to seeing what she comes up with in the future. I would recommend her more recent books to anyone and if you're a big fan of faeries then I'm sure you will also enjoy Lament so don't let me put you off trying it.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 29, 2013
Although Lament weaves its story around the impossible love affair between sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan and a young man with one foot in the faery world, the real heart of the book is the progressive unveiling of the world of Fey through the eyes of Deirdre. And it is here that lies the magic of Maggie Stiefvater`s writing. And I say writing not story. With her craft, the author manages to invest the mundane with an alarming otherness: a dog that crosses the road; an aunt reading over Deirdre's shoulder;... They say that the world of Fey lies cheek to cheek with ours and a blink is enough to pass from one to the other, for those who have the sight. It is in shifting the mundane by that tiny, almost imperceptible leap to the magic that Maggie Stiefvater excels.
Another facet of the author's writing that struck me is her changes of rhythm. Out of the threatening storm, the unexpected surges into the story, heralded by a sound or action, then revealed and almost immediately gone again leaving our hearts beating wildly and our minds wondering what the hell happened.
As with Ballad, the follow-on from Lament, the ending left me unsatisfied, or should that be bereft. That final cadence, when the tensions resolve, at least partly, and the magic dissolves leaving only a faint whiff in the air and a deeper yearning, the reader is dumped back into the everyday world that lies beyond the covers of the book.
Review first published on Secret Paths: http://about-books.secret-paths.com/?p=42
4.0 out of 5 stars"your beauty will haunt me wherever I go"
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 25, 2008
Being a lover of fairytales and anything with a hint of magic, LAMENT sounded like the perfect book for me. But, rather than being yet another book about humans and the fey clashing, LAMENT also offers an original take on the genre.
The story is about Deirdre, a sixteen year old who has an amazing musical talent. Her everyday life changes forever when, just before a musical competition, a mysterious man called Luke Dillon comes into her life as if from nowhere. Instantly she is attracted to him. And he seems to be attracted to her. But as she gets caught up in the whirlwind romance, she soon realises that she cannot deny that there is something strange about Luke, something almost otherworldly. Even her everyday life seems to be getting stranger, as four-leaf clovers continually turn up wherever she is. And her grandmother gives her an ugly iron ring, whilst insisting that she wear it. Things begin falling into place when Deirdre discovers that she is a cloverhand - someone who can see faeries. And Luke, her new romance, is a gallowglass; a soulless faerie assassin. On a mission from the Faerie Queen, it seems that his interest in Deirdre may be more sinister than love.
That is a brief synopsis. While there are echoes of other books - WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr is one and even the TWILIGHT saga by Stephenie Meyer is another, because of the doomed romance, LAMENT manages to hold its own and create another original voice within the genre. Stiefvater is a very talented writer. There are moments of pure beauty within this novel and the way that she uses music as a backdrop adds yet another element to the story as a whole. There are enough darker moments to make the story interesting, but there are also lighter moments to lift the mood. So, why only 4 stars? Well, I do think this was quite a slow starter. I very nearly gave up with it, because the beginning of the book is heavily about the romance between Deirdre and Luke, and I rarely read books that are purely about romance. However, I stuck with it and I am glad that I did. As the story comes out about Luke's past and how he ended up as a gallowglass, the pace quickens and the story is taken to a whole new level. While the end may have been slightly rushed, as another has suggested, there is indeed a sequel coming out next autumn, BALLAD. I shall definitely check it out.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 17, 2012
Lament is a magical tale of faerie, woven through with romance, and has that fantastic faerie trickery and charm I've come to love about all books of the Fey. This book doesn't showcase the Fey in the most devious of ways, which I have to admit is how I love them best, and so it isn't perhaps the most exciting book. But it's definitely a cute story, with just enough magic to keep you interested.
Dee has been born into a family of women harassed by faeries. She may not know that at the start of the book, but she soon learns that the Fey are watching her. Some are hunting her. But along with her best friend James, her Granna who knows their tricks, and a mysterious boy named Luke who seems to have her back (and is pretty cute!), she manages to come away mostly unscathed. Most of the time. But there is more to Luke than meets the eye (of course!), and Dee soon becomes infatuated with him.
The story is mostly about Luke and Dee's romance, so this is something to keep in mind if you're not into that sort of thing. And to be honest, I'm not really. I much prefer Sarah J Maa's more mature take on romance than perhaps this tamer version. But that's not what I liked about the story. For me, the exploration of Dee and her character, and gifts, and Luke and his background were enough to keep me reading to get some answers.
Having said that, I have to admit that the story is a soft portrayal of this genre and that there are more exciting books, especially now compared to when this was first published. The key to this book is definitely the audience - it is much more geared towards younger readers (although there are a few curse words!) in terms of it's story because it's quite simplistic and romance focused. But there are more mature elements which make this a little confusing. I also struggled with the fact that Dee became so swiftly infatuated with a boy she soon learned had a pretty dark history.
Nevertheless, a fun story which makes for easy, enjoyable reading. But sadly, it can't compete with some of the deviously delicious fey stories on our shelves now.