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Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by LadyJay for TeensReadToo.com

Deirdre Monaghan is an excellent harpist. At least she thought so until she met the devastatingly handsome Luke Dillon.

Luke's amazing musical skill unlocks something deep within Deirdre. Her talent at the harp becomes unmeasurable; however, other things begin...
Deirdre Monaghan is an excellent harpist. At least she thought so until she met the devastatingly handsome Luke Dillon.

Luke's amazing musical skill unlocks something deep within Deirdre. Her talent at the harp becomes unmeasurable; however, other things begin to happen as well - strange things. Dee discovers that she possesses the power of telekinesis. She also learns to read the thoughts of those around her. Dee knows that Luke is somehow a part of all the craziness that is taking place, but he is unable to reveal his secrets.

Those secrets have the potential of killing both Luke and Dee. Dee must unravel the mystery surrounding Luke before it's too late - for both of them.

Stiefvater has created a novel that is reminiscent of Melissa Marr's WICKED LOVELY. The story centers on a girl who captures the attention of Faerie creatures. Of course, it is the responsibility of the human girl to set the wrong things right once again.

The author's formula veers from the norm by incorporating music into the plot. Dee plays the harp; Luke is a flautist; James, Dee's best friend, plays the bag pipes; all the while snippets of old Irish songs adorn the pages before each section of the novel.

The world of Faerie is becoming more prominent in young adult fiction, and this will be a welcome addition. Look for its sequel, aptly named BALLAD, due out next year.

posted by TeensReadToo on November 2, 2008

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6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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I wish I didn't even pick this book up. I thought it was incredibly unoriginal. Some of the lines seemed like they were straight out of Twilight. The relationship between Deidre and Luke wasn't even close to being believable. "Oh my goodness. I've known you for three...
I wish I didn't even pick this book up. I thought it was incredibly unoriginal. Some of the lines seemed like they were straight out of Twilight. The relationship between Deidre and Luke wasn't even close to being believable. "Oh my goodness. I've known you for three hours--DON'T LEAVE ME." Seriously? She knows NOTHING about this guy but she automatically trusts him? Stupid, stupid, stupid. I could barely get myself to finish it. Its just a fairy version of Twilight. Not an orginal plot at all.

posted by 1766584 on August 16, 2009

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    Meh.

    Lament was a fairly shallow book. The plot started off having a lot of potential to grow into something great, but as the book progressed, it became rather dull and repetative ...and cliche ...and predictable. I have come to find I am not a fan of Maggie Stiefvater's writing. Although it is written at a young adult level, I feel like the characters are underdeveloped in all of her books and the plot always has a unique take on similar plots, but she never fails to come short of her delivery. I picked up this book becuase I love faerie, and am a fan of the Wicked Lovely series. But Lament just doesn't compare. As I have said the plot is under developed, the characters are shallow, unrealistic and cliche. The writing is cheesy, and the book moves at a fairly slow pace. Towards the end, the book starts picking up and some interesting creatures are introduced, and as I am a fan of mythical and fantastical creatures, I wish she would have pushed this theme further. As soon as the end starts picking up speed and starts to get interesting, it dissolves even quicker ultimately coming to a screaching halt that seems coompletely out of context. Anyway... if you are 14 or under you may enjoy the cheesiness and shallowness of the plot but otherwise I would pass :)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    I made the unthinkablemistake of reading the sequel, Ballad, fir

    I made the unthinkablemistake of reading the sequel, Ballad, first. So I knew everything that was going to happen. Deidre was a very weak protagonist, and easily swayed. It is in no way one of my favorite books. Ballad is much better, because it isn't from this wishy washy perspective. Deidre is an ignorant teen girl desperate for love but to stupid to see it when it slaps her face. I grew to despise her, honestly. Well written, as always, interesting concept. This was not the right story to introduce the faeries. Ballad is so much better, if you are out of books to read and have an extra few hours you might as well get this one out of the way so you can try Ballad. Quick read, which saves a lot of the story in my opinion. Maggie's other books are truely life changing, the Scorpio Races most especialy. If you were interested in her writing I would direct you to that or the Shiver trilogy. Lament is a weak start.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    An Easy, Okay Read

    I first have to say that I love Maggie Stiefvater's writing style. However, I think this book does not live up to her other novel series. As some others have said, it did take a while to get into this book. It is a good read and does have some great attributes. However, I think I will be trading this one in for a new book. It seemed at times that things happened out of nowhere and I was sometimes left to wonder exactly what happened. Was kind of disappointed that I bought the sequel and it has NOTHING to do with the first story line. You never really find out what happens to Luke except for what is said at the end of the first book. Overall, a quick, easy read. But don;t be expecting groundbreaking story or plot. Just average...

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