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Sunday 23 October 2011

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

Title:- Lament
Author:- Maggie Stiefvater
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Publisher:- Scholastic
Date Published:- January 3rd 2011

Goodreads Synopsis:-
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...

Lament is a story of forbidden love. Dee is a very shy but musically talented teen, at the preparation of one of her performances she meets a strange and secretive young man, Luke Dillon. They perform a duet together and that's when Luke entered Dee's typical suburban life...that's when things changed and when all things as Dee knew it ended. 

This book is very well paced, filled with mystery, romance, action and mythical lore that keeps you wanting more. Top that with Maggie Stiefvater's poetic writing and it's hard to dislike this book. 

Dee is a strong and wilful character who made a perfect protagonist. Luke was the tortured hero, the growth of their romance was acceptable and their interaction was sweet, innocent but strong. 

As we know, the YA genre has been littered with paranormal books as of late, faerie stories isn't something new. However, due to Stiefvater's ingenious use of mythical lore, and in-depth world creation Lament was a new and very refreshing read. 



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