Book: Lament: A Faerie Queen’s Deception
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Premise: 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. When a mysterious boy enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of nowhere, Deirdre finds herself infatuated. Trouble is, the enigmatic and conflicted Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin—and Deirdre is meant to be his next mark. Deirdre has to decide if Luke’s feelings towards her are real, or only a way to lure her deeper into the world of Faerie. Taken from Stiefvater’s Website
What I liked about the Book: I liked everything! I was sucked into the story, and was not left wanting too much at the end of the book. I love Faerie stories. The writing was detailed and well written. Stiefvater writes sensual characters with ease and makes you fall in love with them as well. The Faerie elements of this book are first-class. The Faeries are neither good nor bad. Immortal beings that have no care for mortal life and their cruelty come from a child-like indifference toward things. Her version of the Faeries is how I see them, especially the bargains and favors.
Her protagonist, Deidre, is fierce. She refuses to be the victim. I loved how a lot of her choices had to be made alone, and she alone had to figure and piece how to save her friends and family by herself. She had realistic complications in her life, and normal girl reactions to things such as her coworker ignoring her in favor of her gorgeous love interest. This story seems be a lot about women’s choices. It has a lot of female characters.
What I didn’t like: The best friend. He was all awesome in the beginning but as the book drew to an end he started to fall flat. He became the typical boy best friend in YA books; the desperate ‘I love you’ best friend that allows the heroine to push him aside.
I finished it in one go. I was sad when I had to put it down to answer the phone. I can recommend it without hesitation to all ages. Read this book. Trust me, you will love it! 5 out of 5 rating!