Monday, March 1, 2010

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

I did enjoy this book, but I did find it strange that Deirdre just accepts the idea of faeries without any question. Where was the struggle to accept something as real that most people consider to be legend or fairy tale? I was very pleased with the ending as it was not what I expected.

Deirdre Monaghan is a gifted harpist with gut wrenching stage fright. She is physically ill before each performance. During a typical pre-performance bout of vomiting she meets incredibly handsome Luke Dillon who comes into the restroom to hold her hair. He is a flautist who proceeds to accompany her in a heart wrenching, out of this world performance. As four-leaf clovers start appearing everywhere, Deirdre develops magical powers and encounters strange, unworldly people who seem to bear her ill will. Her best friend, James, a talented piper; her beloved grandmother; and her mother all are in danger, as the Faerie Queen tries to have Deidre killed. Who is the killer? You guessed it - Luke. Deirdre eventually discovers that she is a cloverhand, a person draws the fey to her like a magnet. The love story of Deidre and Luke is accented by James’ unrequited love for Deidre, Deidre’s battle with her somewhat overbearing mother and Luke’s struggle to follow his heart and defy the Faerie Queen. If you enjoyed Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series or Need by Carrie Jones, you will enjoy this series as well.

As for the comparison of Deirdre's relationship with Luke to that of Bella and Edward - well that sort of relationship wasn't invented by Meyers (though I believe she did a great job with it). I think Deirdre is a strong character, likable character. I hope we get to see more of here. I've already added "Ballad" to my to read list.

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