Saturday, 23 August 2014

Book Review - Lament

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Books of Faerie #1
Genres: Fairies | Young Adult
Release October 8th 2008
Publishers: Scholastic
No. Pages: 356
Source: Purchased
Sixteen-year-old Dee is a cloverhand - someone who can see faeries. When she finds herself irresistibly drawn to beautiful, mysterious Luke, Dee senses that he wants something more dangerous than a summer romance.

But Dee doesn't realize that Luke is an assassin from the faerie world.

And she is his next target.

The first time I heard about Maggie Stiefvater was a few years ago, and since then I have read some really good books by here. Shiver, the first in her Wolves Of Mercy Falls series was fresh and new, the first two book in the Raven Cycle were very unique blend of paranormal and mystery and The Scorpio Races was such a hauntly beautifully book I wished and hoped to a series. As you can see, I've really enjoyed my Maggie experience, and when I cam across Lament and Ballad in the charity shop I snatched them p instantly , looking for a new series for me to sink my teeth into a fall in love with. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, Lament didn't grip me like her other books did. I really do think I was just a little bit too old for this one.

The one thing I loved the most about Maggie's writing is the slow build up to the story, how there was always a sense of suspense through out. However with Lament I felt that the pace of the book was just too quick, there thing seemed to be moving at a million miles per hour and all the secrets were laid bare. Yes, it took some time before we found them out but when we did, it was like 'here they are, there you go. Enjoy' it felt like they were just pushed upon us and I didn't enjoy that aspect of the book.

While I enjoyed the idea behind the book, I didn't like just how accepting Deidre was of the Faerie world, everything freaky and Luke. In YA paranormal books, when the main character has had a string of unexplained incidents or talents from a young age, the quick belief of what he or she is comes across as more believable, we didn't have that here. She just seemed to believe what she and those around her were with little to none convincing. 

Fact paced relationship's happen to be another thing I cant stand, and with Luke and Deirdre it was as though they went from him holding her hair back while she threw up before show, I'd like to say she'd never met him before that too.., and within days she was always thinking about him and felt like she knew him inside out. I just did not get their relationship at all 

Because of how immature the characters came across I found it very difficult connecting with them. Being 25, it's really seldom I find a main character who is between 16-18 that I can connect with these days, so it's not completely Maggie Stiefvater's fault. However I didn't find her a likeable character either. She was at times pretty self centered, and when something happens to someone in her family, she doesn't seem all that concerned with it and reacts different to how I would have expected.

All in all, this book just wasn't for me. And yes, I was disappointed but like already stated, I think it was just too much to do with age.


  1. I also read this had similar issues. The romance was too quick, too, unbelievable and her talents, they were too, I don't know, it was jsut too easy and too quick and unbelievable. I remember giving it 3 stars and meaning to review it and then it just didn't happen, but I so agree, there's something not too great about this, but it doesn't put me off her work at all, this could have been blip.

    1. Glad to see I'm not the only one. I thought about leaving the review, but I found myself writing it haha.
      It shouldn't put you off her work at all, like I've already said, I love her other books. All of the ones I've read I enjoyed, apart from this one. So you should give the rest a try :)

  2. I have heard from a lot of people that the Lament series are her worst books. I think I will probably read all her others but give these a miss. I have never been much of a fan of fae books anyway.

    1. Neither have I in all honesty, ever fae book I read I dislike in some way or another. But you should read her others, I suggest starting with The Scorpio Races, it's my favourite of hers

  3. Not much of a fae fan either, and I can't stand immature characters any more !

    1. well then I would suggest you stay away from this book :P


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