Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater | 100% Spoiler Free!

27th Apr 2016 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2016, Reviews, Reviews by Morgan

Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater | 100% Spoiler Free!The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #4
Published by Scholastic
Pub Date: April 26th 2016
Pages: 438
Format: Hardcover | Source: Publisher
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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5 Stars

The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily BlueKirkus Reviews declared: "Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close."

This is probably one of the hardest reviews I’ve ever had to write because:

  1. It’s the 4th book in a very complicated and spoilerish series.
  2. I don’t want to take away the magic of Maggie’s words before you read them.
  3. If I tell you my feelings, is that a spoiler?! I don’t know! *bites nails nervously*

Let’s continue.

Gone with the Words Sebastian Stan Hugging Wolf

My favorite part of the experience was the thrill of reading NEW words from Maggie Stiefvater, new Raven Cycle words! I always love Maggie’s word choice and sentence structure and sense of storytelling. She has a very recognizable style. It was exciting because it’s been so long since we’ve gotten a new book and the other Raven books are so familiar to me by now.

For me, the thrill of holding and reading The Raven King felt similar to getting a brand new Harry Potter book in my hands, which is the highest praise I can give. And one feeling I never expected when I began this series. I already can’t wait to read it again because I know I raced through it, but how could I not? I NEEDED TO KNOW THINGS.

Gone with the Words Sebastian Stan Confused

The nuance and linguistic brilliance shines through no matter how fast you read, of course, but it is a whole other animal when you have the opportunity to really sink into her words and turns of phrase. When you can see little dots connecting all over the series like its own sort of ley line. It’s very rewarding.

Gone with the Words Sebastian Stan Happy

The Raven King is the best sort of series ender. It pulls together disparate plot points in a brilliant way and builds on the characterization we’ve come to expect from our favorite characters while allowing them to grow. Everyone was just…. more in this book. That’s the best way to put it. There is a sense of urgency and dread that isn’t lost on anyone and it makes the emotions stand out in technicolor.

Gone with the Words Sebastian Stan OverwhelmedGone with the Words Sebastian Stan Dancing

It was frightening at times, but also sad and humorous and tremendously lovely. There are lots of excellent otp and brotp moments. It’s full of Maggie’s wry humor; she has this magnificent way of twisting the knife in your heart while simultaneously making you grin.

AHHH. THERE IS SO MUCH I WANT TO SAYYYYYYY. It’s a tremendous five star book for me but I’ll leave it to you to glean what you want from that. There are a lot of Moments and she is able to gather her threads and knot them together in a very satisfying manner. I was content with the book individually and the series as a whole.

Gone with the Words Sebastian Stan Smiling

Now, DO NOT SPOIL IN THE COMMENTS BELOW but please let me know if you’ve read it and what you generally thought! And feel free to chat with me on twitter too!

 

About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater

Professional novelist by day and artist by night, Maggie Stiefvater is the author of the Books of Faerie (Lament and Ballad); the bestselling Shiver trilogy (Shiver, Linger, Forever), as well as The Scorpio Races and The Raven Boys. Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.

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A Raven Cycle Celebration!

25th Apr 2016 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2016, Reviews, Reviews by Morgan, Series Review

A Raven Cycle Celebration!

FIIIIINALLY. The King has come BACK to…. Henriettaaa.

Probably 0.5 of you will get that reference, but I know Angie will ;) In any case, fiiiinally! The Raven King is here, after many release date false alarms and a year and a half of one of the worst cliffhangers ever. I’m sure you all know that The Raven Cycle has become a favorite series of mine. I wasn’t sold immediately (I laughably wondered how Maggie Stiefvater could possibly stretch the story to a four book series) but it seeped into my consciousness and my brain the way few books have. During my wait for the final chapter, I reread the books twice and I’m so ready but so scared to dive into the last book.

I thought we would celebrate the series as a whole since the book comes out tomorrow and I’m sure it will be a haze of reading and social media activity! I bought the pictured raven plate and raven cupcake liners from Crate & Barrel around Halloween 2013. It was too late for me to use them to celebrate Blue Lily, Lily Blue so I decide to wait for The Raven King.

Confession: I wrote most of this post back in NOVEMBER when I was planning what cookies to bake for my holiday exchange, so I also got to thinking about cookies and which ones represent the OT5. This is what my brain does when I wait for books! Haha. I thought about baking all of the cookies listed for this post but that would be a LOT of cookies… instead I’ll leave you with their descriptions and links to their recipes:

GANSEY is a well-meaning but decadent fellow, who has created his own meaning of home in Monmouth Manufacturing with his friends. He is the Triple Chocolate Chip With Sea Salt Nutella Stuffed Cookie. An insanely rich twist on a classic original (and they are AMAZING btw, I’ve made them before).

ADAM wants to be like Gansey, but he’s plainer. Less showy. And I like to imagine Blue or Ronan baking him these as a reminder of what home, love, and comfort should feel like. Clearly, Adam is a chocolate chip cookie.

NOAH is, for all intents and purposes, sweet. He has his serious moments, his otherworldly moments, and he has a darker, more mysterious past than the others, but he is often the most consistently kind of the OT5 throughout the series. And he’ll never live down that glitter snowglobe, so Noah is a sprinkled sugar cookie.

BLUE, as we are so often told is a fanciful but sensible thing. She also has a bite to her, very salty but sweet. I thought about something with chocolate covered pretzels but I really think Blue is a s’mores bite: tiny, fanciful, but infinitely practical and less messy to eat than the original incarnation.

RONAN is the boy with the ooey gooey hidden center. He is tough and he is angry and sharp and dangerous. But he is also a dreamer, loyal and loving to a fault. Plus I bet The Barns has some apple trees. Ronan is a caramel stuffed apple cider cookie (also delicious, I made these last fall!).

If you are interested in my reviews for the first three books, they can be found on Goodreads herehere, and here!

So what do you think: do the cookies fit the characters? Are you a fan of The Raven Cycle? Or are you planning to binge the series now that they are all available? Let me know in the comments! (And no spoilers please!!)

 

 

About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater

Professional novelist by day and artist by night, Maggie Stiefvater is the author of the Books of Faerie (Lament and Ballad); the bestselling Shiver trilogy (Shiver, Linger, Forever), as well as The Scorpio Races and The Raven Boys. Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.

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Tune in Tuesday: Book Playlists – The Forest of Hands & Teeth | The Dark & Hollow Places | Forever | Nightshade

13th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Tune In Tuesday, Tunes for Books

Tune in Tuesday: Book Playlists – The Forest of Hands & Teeth | The Dark & Hollow Places | Forever | Nightshade

A weekly feature hosted by GReads! where we showcase some good tunes! :)

I LOVE THIS EDITION!! I can’t wait to show you guys some of my favorite book/songs combos. Some I will have mentioned before and some will be new. I hope you like all of them. :)

This week is all about the zombies and the werewolves.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie RyanThis song is perfect for a certain character in this series who I won’t name so as not to spoil it for you. Just know that I BAWLED my eyes out all through Chapter 32.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan & Hear You Me by Jimmy Eat World

Quote: “Those days back there, in the house…that is my world. That is my truth,” he says. “That is my ocean.”

On sleepless roads the sleepless go
May angels lead you in
So what would you think of me now,
so lucky, so strong, so proud?
I never said thank you for that,
now I’ll never have a chance.
May angels lead you in
Hear you me my friends
On sleepless roads the sleepless go
May angels lead you in
May angels lead you in
May angels lead you in
And if you were with me tonight,
I’d sing to you just one more time
A song for a heart so big,
god wouldn’t let it live

The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie RyanWhen I heard this song, I instantly thought of Annah from The Dark and Hollow Places. Annah is on the verge of giving up when we first meet her. She is done. But something happens that makes her turn around and keep going and all of the words below could be coming from her.

The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan & November by Azure Ray

So I’m waiting for this test to end,
so these lighter days can soon begin;
I’ll be alone, but maybe more carefree,
Like a kite that floats so effortlessly;

I was afraid to be alone,
but now I’m scared that’s how I like to be;
All these faces run the same,
how can there be so many personalities?

So many lifeless, empty hands,
so many hearts in great demand;
and now my sorrow seems so far away,
until I’m taken by these bolts of pain;

But I turn them off, and tuck them away,
until those rainy days that make them stay;
And then I’ll cry so hard to these sad songs,
and the words still ring, once here, now gone;

And they echo through my head everyday,
and I don’t think they’ll ever go away;
Just like thinking of your childhood home,
but we can’t go back, we’re on our own;

Ohh…

But I’m about to give this one more shot,
And find it in myself, I’ll find it in myself;

So we’re speeding towards that time of year,
to the day that marks that you’re not here

Forever by Maggie StiefvaterIs this not the perfect Sam and Grace song?! Especially in Linger and Forever, since their world is “splitting at the seams” but they won’t give up on each other? Yeah…it’s perfect. :)

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater & No One’s Gonna Love You by Band of Horses

It’s looking like a limb torn off
Or altogether just taken apart
We’re reeling through an endless fall
We are the ever-living ghost of what once was
But no one is ever gonna love you more than I do
No one’s gonna love you more than I do

And anything to make you smile
It is my better side of you to admire
But they should never take so long
Just to be over then back to another one

But no one is ever gonna love you more than I do
No one’s gonna love you more than I do

But someone,
They could have warned you
When things start splitting at the seams and now
The whole thing’s tumbling down
Things start splitting at the seams and now
If things start splitting at the seams and now,
It’s tumbling down
Hard

Nightshade by Andrea CremerIf you split the song in two sections, the first one is SO obviously about Shay, and the second is ALL Ren. See for yourselves! :) Also, I’m in love with the singer of Neon Trees, hehe.

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer & Animal by Neon Trees

Here we go again
I kinda wanna be more than friends
So take it easy on me
I’m afraid, you’re never satisfied
Here we go again
We’re sick like animals, we play pretend
You’re just a cannibal
And I’m afraid I won’t get out alive
I won’t sleep tonight

Oh oh
I want some more
Oh oh
What are you waiting for
Take a bite of my heart tonight
Oh oh
I want some more
Oh oh
What are you waiting for
What are you waiting for
Say goodbye to my heart tonight

Here we are again
I feel the chemicals kickin’ in
It’s getting heavy
And I wanna run and hide
I wanna run and hide

I do it every time
You’re killin’ me now
And I won’t be denied by you
The animal inside of you

Oh oh
I want some more
Oh oh
What are you waiting for
Take a bite of my heart tonight
Oh oh
I want some more
Oh oh
What are you waiting for
What are you waiting for
Say goodbye to my heart tonight

Hush, hush, the world is quiet
Hush, hush, we both can’t fight it
It’s us that made this mess
Why can’t you understand?
Whoa, I won’t sleep tonight

 

 

About Andrea Cremer

Andrea Cremer is a New York Times and international bestselling author. She spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Manhattan, but at heart she will always be a small-town girl.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but it took a horse and a broken foot to prompt her to finally write the novel she’d always dreamed of writing. Prior to becoming a full-time novelist, Andrea resided in the academic world where she taught early modern history.

When she’s not writing, Andrea tries to master difficult yoga poses, wanders through Central Park, and hunts for new music to provide the soundtracks to her novels.

About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater

Professional novelist by day and artist by night, Maggie Stiefvater is the author of the Books of Faerie (Lament and Ballad); the bestselling Shiver trilogy (Shiver, Linger, Forever), as well as The Scorpio Races and The Raven Boys. Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.

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The Scorpio Races Giveaway Winners!

3rd Nov 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Giveaways

The Scorpio Races Giveaway Winners!

 

Congratulations, ladies (edited 10/22/15: can’t remember who won this now, lol)!! I know you will love this book as much as I did!! (Read my review of The Scorpio Races HERE)

 

About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater

Professional novelist by day and artist by night, Maggie Stiefvater is the author of the Books of Faerie (Lament and Ballad); the bestselling Shiver trilogy (Shiver, Linger, Forever), as well as The Scorpio Races and The Raven Boys. Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.

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Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

24th Oct 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie StiefvaterThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic
Pub Date: October 18th 2011
Pages: 404
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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5 Stars

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

I thought I knew what to expect with Maggie’s writing as I sat down to read The Scorpio Races, but wow, she outdid herself with this one!

Those of us who love Maggie Stiefvater’s other books know that her writing will be lyrical, that it just flows beautifully, and that the stories will be touching. There will also be kissing, and most definitely someone will die. All those things are in The Scorpio Races, except this time she has also created an incredible setting.

Thisby is this small spec of an island, where mythical water horses, or capall uisce, rise from the ocean in the fall. These horses are deadly and huge and each year there’s a race where those brave enough to ride them can win some money. I loved the atmosphere of this small island. The people all know and take care of each other and aside from the scary water horses, I think I’d enjoy some time in Thisby in the fall. Also, it left me wondering what it would be like in the spring and summer. This place left such an impression on me, that now, when I’m asked “What fictional land or place from a book would you like to live in or visit?”, I will not hesitate to answer “Thisby from The Scorpio Races.”

The story is told by Sean and Puck, whose actual name is Kate. They have never met before, which in such a small island is a big feat, but this year they’re both entering the races and their meeting was electric! Sparks!! Albeit, quiet sparks, but sparks nonetheless! :) Theirs was a romance that slowly bloomed into something beautiful and enduring. I loved watching them go from general interest, to respect, to friendship, and finally love.

I loved Puck. She is a little spitfire! I loved how important her brothers, their home, and her horse, Dove, were to her. And she proved she’d do anything for them by entering the races for a chance to win that money. Her relationship with her brothers really touched me. At first, I was really angry at Gabe for putting her and Finn in an even worse situation, but later, like Puck, I came around and understood why he needed to do what he planned. I absolutely ADORED Finn Connolly (the youngest brother)!! He was the source of light in this story. Whenever he was on the page, I was smiling. The people, especially the men, of the island do not make it easy on her once she enters. There’s never been a girl in the races before, especially one who’s not riding a water horse, and they try hard to intimidate her. Our girl is stronger than they realize, though. :)

Sean Kendrick. Oh, Sean Kendrick…I wanted to hug him and kiss his sad loneliness away!! Nobody does quiet, mysterious boys quite like Maggie. (See: Sam Roth or Luke Dillon) Sean has worked for the richest man on the island since he was 10 years old. He is a horse whisperer…literally!! No one can connect with horses like he does, and no one can train the capall uisce like him, either. One in particular, Corr, his winning mare, is connected to him like none of the others. Corr is the reason Sean needs to win the races.

While I thought the fact Sean and Puck both need to win the races would interfere with their blooming romance, I was please it made them sort of a team. Them against everyone else.

There are so many scenes I want to highlight and mark as favorite quotes from this book!! I will be vague about these two I really loved…if you’ve read the book already, tell me if you agree, and if you haven’t yet, come back after you do:

The boy with the bread for dinner (no, not that boy with the bread…that’s a different book) and the scene on the cliffs, where words that are needed are spoken.

*SIGH* LOVED!

I think Maggie outdid herself with the beautiful imagery in this book. The island, the horses, the people, the festival and the food, the race, the ocean, the deaths, THAT ENDING!! It was all so incredibly vivid for me, visually and emotionally! I took my time reading The Scorpio Races just so I could savor it, because with every word, I was transported to this place and I did not want to leave it.

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Check out the incredible trailer, created by Maggie herself:

So, not only was Big Honcho Media kind enough to provide me with a copy for review, they are also giving away TWO copies away!!

And they also have a Twitter Sweepstake going on: Tweet the page you’re on in #ScorpioRaces by @mstiefvater for chance to win! http://on.fb.me/oPpVNp | http://twitpic.com/73likw

GIVEAWAY IS OVER :(

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About the book: From Maggie Stiefvater, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shiver series (over 1.7 million copies in print!), comes a brand-new, heart-stopping novel. With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff – with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.

4 starred reviews:

  • “A taut, chilling, romantic adventure [that] comes to a pitch-perfect conclusion. Masterful. Like nothing else out there
    now.” – Kirkus, starred review
  • “A book with cross-appeal to lovers of fantasy, horse stories, romance, and action-adventure, this has a shot at being the next YA blockbuster.”- Booklist, starred review
  • “As a study of courage and loyalty tested… it is an utterly compelling read.”- Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • “Stiefvater sets not one foot wrong as she takes readers on an intoxicating ride of their own.”- Horn Book, starred review

 

 

About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater

Professional novelist by day and artist by night, Maggie Stiefvater is the author of the Books of Faerie (Lament and Ballad); the bestselling Shiver trilogy (Shiver, Linger, Forever), as well as The Scorpio Races and The Raven Boys. Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.

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Teaser Tuesday: Forever

19th Jul 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: Forever

Teaser Tuesday: ForeverForever by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3
Published by Scholastic
Pub Date: July 12th 2011
Pages: 388
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
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then.
When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their loved moved from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.

now.
That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be killed in one final, spectacular hunt.

forever.
Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment - a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.

 

His face rested on my neck. I could hear him breathing; each breath sounded measured, restrained.

I whispered, “You like it, then?”

Then, all of a sudden, we were kissing. It felt like such a long time since we’d kissed like this, like it was deadly serious…

 

And because I love Cole, here’s a Cole teaser…

 

“Why are you never wearing a shirt?”

“I sleep naked,” […] “As the day goes on, I put on more and more clothing. You should’ve come over an hour ago.”

 

About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater

Professional novelist by day and artist by night, Maggie Stiefvater is the author of the Books of Faerie (Lament and Ballad); the bestselling Shiver trilogy (Shiver, Linger, Forever), as well as The Scorpio Races and The Raven Boys. Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.

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Music Monday: Linger + Jar of Hearts

7th Feb 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Music Monday, Tunes for Books

Music Monday: Linger + Jar of Hearts

Music Monday: Linger + Jar of HeartsLinger by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2
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In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

Music Monday is a feature where I post a video of a song that reminds me of something or someone I’ve read…anything that relates to it in my mind.

What songs remind you of certain books or character?? Create a post and leave the link or just tell me about them in the comments. I’d love to know!!

 

In Linger by Maggie Stiefvater we meet Cole. Cole is a complicated character. If you’ve read the book, you know his past is…extreme. There’s a girl, one who may or may not have been his first love, that he treated badly, and it torments him. This song has always made me think of Cole and his relationship with her, because I’m sure she sees him that way.

Let’s talk about this song, Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri. I actually hadn’t seen the official video for this song until I looked it up to post it. This video is BEAUTIFUL!! The song is heartbreaking. I suggest you watch it twice, once to gawk at it and a second time to actually relate it to what I’m talking about, lol, because I was entranced the first time I watched it and forgot all about the words. I’m a huge fan of So You Think You Can Dance (where I first heard this song) and squealed when I saw some of the dancers from the show in this video!!

 

 

 

About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater

Professional novelist by day and artist by night, Maggie Stiefvater is the author of the Books of Faerie (Lament and Ballad); the bestselling Shiver trilogy (Shiver, Linger, Forever), as well as The Scorpio Races and The Raven Boys. Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.

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A Year Ago Today, I Read: Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

13th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

A Year Ago Today, I Read: Lament by Maggie StiefvaterLament: The Faerie Queen's Deception by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Books of Faerie #1
Published by Flux
Pub Date: October 8th 2008
Pages: 325
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

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 . . .

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

This was my first time reading a book about fairies and I really liked it!

I loved Maggie’s style of writing, it flows so smoothly. I thought Deirdre handled herself remarkably well after discovering she can see faeries and that they’re after her. She did seem a little naive about James though, but don’t they always. Helllllo! Of course your best friend is in love with you! Luke was very intriguing and at times scary. I never knew what he was going to do or what his intentions were, but I guess that was part of his mysterious persona. Whatever the reason, I liked Luke in a I-know-he’s-bad-for-me-but-I-just-can’t-help-myself kind of way.

Now…James…James, James, lovely, lovely James…I LOVED James!! His sarcastic personality had me eating out of the palm of his hand. Gimme more James! Oh, and I liked that Dee and James were musical prodigies of unconventional instruments. No guitar or piano for these two, oh no, harp and pipes. :D

Overall the story is romantic and suspenseful and the ending is bittersweet.

 

About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater

Professional novelist by day and artist by night, Maggie Stiefvater is the author of the Books of Faerie (Lament and Ballad); the bestselling Shiver trilogy (Shiver, Linger, Forever), as well as The Scorpio Races and The Raven Boys. Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.

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