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06 August 2008 @ 10:06 am
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater from Flux  
WARNING: I use the word "excellent" a LOT. Because that's how I really talk. But whatever. ENJOY...
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So, I recently had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of m_stiefvater's book, Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception.

MOST EXCELLENT. Here's some info on the book:

From the cover of the book:

Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.

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Synopsisy-thing:

Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a 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 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 have the same deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen... 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.

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Okay, so. ON TO THE REVIEW THAT I SHALL NOW GIVE.

I have to admit here and now, for all you skeptics who don't think a book on Faeries can be cool or something, when I first heard of it but didn't know much, my mom was like, "My friend wants you to read a book that's for teens. It's about fairies. (that's how I thought of it anyway: Fairies. Faerie vs. Fairy, BIG DIFFERENCE.)" And I was like, "Ew, gay. Are you sure it's not for preteens? But whatever, I'll read it." and then I got the book, and I was even more excited. And then I read the dedication and the acknowledgments, I was like, "HOLY CRAP, SHE'S EXCELLENT." 'Cause she's kinda silly like me. (MAGGIE, YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE. We're the saaame.)

So, fast-forward a week. I found this book a little hard to get into at first (No offense, Maggie), but only the first handful of pages. I read a couple of pages and then didn't come back to it for a few days, but once I did yesterday, I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. (Also, know what else I had issues getting into at first? HARRY POTTER. And I love Potter more than ANYTHING.)

Things I loved:
This book has a guy/girl best friend pairing. EXCELLENT. Just like me in real life.
Also, this book was hilarious AND scary. Not like, "OMG A MONSTER" scary, but "OMG WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN, I CAN'T PUT THIS DOWN OR I'LL DIE BECAUSE THIS IS SO DRAMATIC AND I GOTTA KNOW" scary.
I also loved that Maggie reserved most naughty language for the most epic parts of the book, 'cause that was awesome and made them have more impact.
Descriptions of faeries, excellent. Doesn't make them sound like little chicks with leaf-dresses frolicking in your birdbath behind your house. GOOD. They're scary little buggers.
Another great thing, not everything is happy ever after. Great writers are never afraid to push their characters into danger. (In my opinion) 'Cause you've gotta keep your readers on their toes. AND I WAS ON THEM. Like a ballet dancer.
I'm  having a love/hate relationship with the cliffie at the end, but that's how you sell books, right? I can totally understand. And Maggie picked the PERFECT place to stop. Seriously. Perfect.
Romantic scenes weren't cheesy, or at least cheesy enough for you to be like, "Oh, that's cheesy."

Things I Hated:

... I can't really think of anything other than the fact that I can't read the sequel. Then again, that would be silly considering this one isn't even available to the public yet. CURSE TIME, CURSE IT. Waiting sucks :(


WAHAHAHAHA

So, I'm bad at writing reviews. Sue me. Whatever. I hope you get the point, that this book is awesome and you should buy it 'cause it's only $10 preorder on amazon.com.

Really.

Go here and buy that sucka. MAGGIE NEEDS SOME NEW SHOES. Or something. SHUT UP.

The end.

Oh, also.

http://www.maggiestiefvater.com/

http://m-stiefvater.livejournal.com/
http://www.portraitswithcharacter.com/

And NOW, the first ever Lament facebook group:
http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=22847127897#/group.php?gid=22847127897

 
 
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angie_frazierangie_frazier on August 6th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
I was looking forward to this book before, and now I know I MUST read it. Thanks!
jenniferohciousjenniferohcious on August 6th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
Hehe, no prob. Yes. It's great.

I just finished it yesterday, and tonight I'm gonna read it again, so I can pick up on hints and stuff I didn't know about based on other characters, etc... You know how it is, probably...

Yayness!