Monday, August 20, 2012

Lament: review and cover comparison

Title: Lament: The Queen's Deception (Books of Faerie #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genres: faerie, magic, ya romance
Rating: 4 stars
Source: library ebook
Summary: 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 . . .

The first book I've finished on my new Kindle! :)

My review:
Is this her first series/book? Or did Shiver come first? I got the debut vibe going on. This is the last of her books I haven't read yet. I'm going backwards apparently.

I'm a big fan of faerie stories and Lament is a great one to add to my favorites. As far as the writing goes, its not Maggie's usual wowable material, but I can definitely tell it's hers, here and there, like her budding potential I'd just beginning to bloom into amazing writing.

There's a tiny bit of instalove, but it's subtle (no, really) and kind of sweet. I feet it's set to a slightly younger audience than myself, but nevertheless it's a quick good read. 

Music is the main theme, and I really love how music is described, and how intricately it's woven in the story and characters. Luke is especially the one tied into all the old lore...but I still don't know much about him, and I hope he comes back in Ballad.

I will read the rest of the trilogy, but probably not write full length reviews on them, I'll just add to the bottom of this one if there's anything I want to say in particular.

The Covers:
Quite a few of this one, I'll just post all of the covers I can find, and then see which one my favorite is.

The first three are various US editions, the first is neat, the second is my favorite, and the third is just...ugh. Maybe supposed to be artsy fartsy? But it just doesn't do it for me. Not my style.

Next is German it looks like, then Italian, and Spanish. My favorite is still the second US one, the red? But the Italian is pretty cool I guess.

Which one is your favorite?


  1. I like both the red cover with the bird and the cover with the redheaded girl. Guess I like red. ;)

  2. I enjoyed this book very much, although I like the second one better. I was excited to see a third one coming out in 2013! YAY! great review!

    1. Awesome, I cannot wait to read the second! I hope there is more action... :)