Friday, December 18, 2009
Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception by Maggie Stiefvater (Book Review)
Shared by Kristi Herbrand
Title: Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
My Summary: We meet Deirdre as she is getting ready to compete in a high school music competition. She is a very gifted harpist, but tends to lose her lunch before she plays in public - regardless of how good she is.
Deirdre meets Luke as he rescues her hair from the fallout of her losing her stomach. Mysterious and also musically gifted, she is instantly attracted to him. On one level she knows that she should not trust him, but feels insanely safe whenever she is with him. Throw in her best friend, James and a faerie that she dubs Freckle Freak and that pretty much rounds out the cast.
Slowly, Deirdre becomes aware that she has certain powers - like telekinesis and the ability to read minds. As her powers grow, so does her ability to see Them. They don't like to be called faeries - They think it is degrading. Luke can also see Them, but only with the assistance of eye drops. What Deirdre doesn't understand is what They want with her. Luke is unable to tell her as someone is making him keep quiet. She finally convinces him to let her read his mind. What she finds out though, may be too much for her to handle.
My thoughts: I loved this book. For whatever reason, faerie books to me are what vampire books are to my daughter. I do like the vampire and the werewolf books - but the faerie books that I pick up I seem to be able to fly through. These characters are very likable - even Luke, though you know his past isn't gleaming, his loyalty and love for Deirdre is. I feel sorry for James, who is sort of a casualty because of Deirdre's powers and her threat to the current Queen. There are hints that he is also in love with Deirdre and though I think she knows this on some level, she tends to ignore it. The storyline was intriguing and I felt unique (keeping in mind I haven't read many faerie books - yet!) It started out as my "bathroom" book - but I was soon carrying it all over with me. Highly recommend this one to paranormal lovers.
Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception