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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Re-read? I would probably prefer to skip around to my favorite parts, rather then re-read the whole book.

Recommend? I recommend this if you are A) Fond of faerie fiction B) Love all things Irish.

Release Date: October 1st, 2008
Publisher: Flux
Pages: 336


Don't you know what happens to cloverhands who cannot control the fey? (Back of cover description).

My Thoughts:

Lament was an interesting tale that intertwined Irish lore with the fey. Unique in its design, Lament wove a tale of a "forbidden" love between a boy with no soul and a girl foolish enough to fall in love with him. The story itself was beautifully crafted; It was a Faerie tale.

While I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, I had a harder time with the writing. At parts, the book seem to drag and it was tiresome to read it. The book was pretty short, but all in all, parts could have been condensed to create a more flowing story. I really enjoyed the Irish aspect of it; I have recently been into Irish music and it was wonderful to be able to have a background on what the characters were singing/talking about. Knowing this wasn't necessary to the story, but just a fun bonus for me.

I have to say I fell in love with James. Luke was pretty cute and I understand the whole tortured aspect of him, but James was always that constant presence; the dependable friend that knows everything about you and still loves you for it. James is funny, handsome, and a very good piper from what I hear of it.

I had a hard time believing Luke's undying love for Deirdre (Dee). It was so fasted paced and happened in such a short amount of time. Dee was also able to forgive Luke very easily for certain things, and that really bothered me. I know if I was in her position, not only would I have called him out on it, but I would be rather upset. While Luke did not mean these things, I would have still called him out on it beforehand. (This is from a particular part, and not the whole story in general).

While Lament was not my favorite faerie YA novel that I have read this year, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I cannot wait to start Ballad.


Cover: 4.0
Plot: 5.0
Characters: 3.5
Writing: 3.0


  1. Great review! I definitely agree with you on a lot of points, and while Lament was good, it definitely did not even touch Shiver. I'm halfway through Ballad, and it's pretty good. Enjoy! :)

  2. Great review! I really want to read this since I enjoyed Shiver. I imagine I'll agree with you about the undying love parts of the book. It is hard to find a love story I can believe in.

  3. This James character sounds so appealing... A piper? I actually know a girl that plays the pipes :) I imagine that must be hard o.O...

    like always, wonderful review Eli! I missed reading yours! :D

  4. I agree with you on Lament: it's enjoyable, but certain parts don't gel very well. And again, Ballad is AWESOME. Great review!

  5. I read Lament and yeah your right it did seem to drag on at times. but all in all it was a good book. I can't wait to read Ballad.

  6. Nice review. I will keep your thoughts in mind. The book sounds like it would be a good book to read. Thanks!

  7. ah well, at least it ended well enough to want to read Ballad. i have both in my tbr pile. i hope the Irish elements keep my interest as well.


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