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Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Books of Faerie #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  25,090 ratings  ·  2,381 reviews
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 as ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published October 8th 2008 by Flux
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At first glance, this may seem like just another teen paranormal romance book in the faerie sub-category. For that reason, it took me weeks after I checked out the book to actually read it. But I must confess...once I got started, I was hooked. The plot was extremely interesting, the twists on traditional faerie-lore quite well planned, and the romance was enjoyable.

I can see where people are coming from comparing Luke to Edward Cullen, but...well...I didn't like Twilight, and I DID like this bo
jo mo


faerie: come away, human.
me: why?
faerie: untold delights and stiefvater-stories forever.
me: i'm holding out for a better offer. ta.

After putting down this book, the first thing I thought was: Man, that was incredible. The second thing I thought was: WHY MUST THE SEQUEL COME OUT NEXT YEAR AND NOT RIGHT NOW? And yes, I thought this in all capital letters. But Lament itself is an incredible book. The writing is excellent ( though I saw a few things I'd change and, like, two typos overall, but that's me being way too critical ). The characters are amazing - I was so used to reading about heroines who play dumb or have no idea a ...more
Julie Kagawa
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Lament>noun 1. a passionate expression of grief. 2. a song, piece of music, or poem expressing grief or regret.

I pre-ordered Lament when I first heard about it a couple months ago. You can imagine my surprise when I received an email confirmation that the book was on the way a little less than a month early!! Needless to say when it showed up on my doorstep Friday, I did a little happy dance right there in front of my neighbors.

And The Story Siren even got a shout out in the novel! Okay, not
Okay, I admit it, I think I'm getting old.
1) Why are fictional YA female characters so stupid?! I don't care how much you are awed by a hot body and perfect blond hair (I'm not too old to appreciate that, though I prefer brown hair) you should not be following around a mysterious guy who openly admits he is dangerous and you think might be trying to kill you! Seriously?! Mysterious is one thing, maybe he's just brooding or misunderstood. Potential first-degree murder - especially your own - is
horrible. i've read several faerie books and this one was the worst. the main character just learns of the world of the fey so nonchalantly that it seems completely unbelievable and ridiculous. the references that her family was involved with the fey and now isnt is preposterous as the mom and aunt (who is or isnt a villain)dont get what's going on. and the relationship between the 2 protagonists, that they are in love after a few encounters is just sad. this was a horrendous book where the plot ...more
I adore and admire Maggie Stiefvater's writing. I think I post this in almost every review of her books, but the way she uses words inspires me to improve my own writing. By now, my blatant bias for her work should be apparent. Despite Lament's shortcomings when compared to her series starting with Shiver, I still enjoyed it.

Deirdre Monaghan is the average above-average sixteen-year-old. A gifted musician, she goes through the everyday notions of practicing for performances and satisfying her ca
I absolutely hated the romance aspect of this book. First of all: this guy comes out of nowhere to participate with Deirdre in a musical competition, and then after he's ALWAYS around. WTF? He just shows up wherever she is and says he knows "lots" of things about her. I mean, wouldn't you be a little freaked out if there's a guy who you meet one day suddenly shows up at your HOUSE, and when asked how he knew, he just gives the "I know lots of things about you" deal?! The romance was super rushed ...more
Leslie Grady
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As a lover of fairy tales, I’m always on the hunt for a new find in the genre. Some can be major disappointments, but there are some, that if done well, shine, Lament is the later.

I have to admit, I was skeptical about reading this book. Could anything sound more corny than a harpist? I didn’t even know that you could find one below the age of 65, much less 16 and I wasn’t sure how a new author would be able to believably portray two mythological figures (fairies and harpists). However, Striefva
I felt like I had a big question mark on my forehead the whole time. The author tried to explain things towards the end, but it was still really confusing! The main character, Deirdre, is pretty smart, but she doesn't seem to like to know or want to understand anything that's going on in her life. A smart girl would question everything especially when a weirdo guy just pops up in my life and has stalker-like qualities.

Also, the first chapter was SO FUNNY! Come on, they just started playing toge
Mistress   ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist)
Nov 26, 2009 Mistress ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mistress ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ by: Leana Khouang
This book is everything I longed for Wicked Lovely to be. I got sucked in first chapter and settled back and let Maggie Stiefvater take me away.

Fairies done right (intriguing and vicious), the joys/sorrows of young love, and natural feeling amusing dialogue; combined with a seductive sadness undertone to the writing makes this book freaking brilliant.
Jul 28, 2012 Emily rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
In this book. an ordinary-feeling young woman is initiated into an invisible world of magic and intrigue. Nervous and clumsy, our protagonist is yet mysteriously beautiful and alluring to the male hero, who is hundreds of years older than he looks, has his own painful supernatural history, and is really cut. Occasionally her feelings overcome her physically and he has to pick her up and carry her somewhere. The young woman's parents are clueless to the point of near negligence. It's uncomfortabl ...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Deirdre meets Luke at an audition one day. They play some amazing music together, and by the end of the day, Deirdre is more than a little infatuated. But Luke isn't the only stranger appearing in her life. All kinds of weird people and events start surrounding her, and it's obvious that Luke has something to do with it.

First of all, can I just say that I don't read all that much YA, but I am sick to death of the inevitable love triangle. Sick of it! Lament was a little more low-key than others
Actual Rating: 3.5
Surprisingly I didn't enjoy it as much as I did all her other works. o_o I think the main thing that turned me off was the insta-love. <_< It only took a few days for Deirdre and Luke to take off romantically. Even the heroine herself realized this and would think things like "I'm an idiot for doing this. Every nerve is telling me reasons not to but I'm just stupid in love." I hate it when girls lose their sense, and worse- they KNOW it- over a guy.

What's crazy is, rea
Good faerie story - mediocre romance. Maybe, if I had not read the exceptionally wonderful "Shiver" before, I would have liked "Lament" more. My expectations have been too high, I guess.

I liked the concept of those evil faeries, inhumanly beautiful, powerful and always enjoying to toy with human prey. The connection to Irish folklore and Irish traditional music was well crafted. The suspense factor was also really high.

What did not reach my heart was the supposedly romantic atmosphere - though
Mar 18, 2009 Tasha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
A new voice in urban fantasy has entered the scene. In the tradition of Melissa Marr and Holly Black, Stiefvater has created a world filled with the strangeness of faerie, strafed by their cruelty and endangered by their attention. Deirdre is a gifted musician who plays the harp and sings, but she gets horrible stage fright. While throwing up before a competition, she is helped by a boy from her dreams, Luke Dillon. Luke performs with Deirdre, together creating incredible music and winning the g ...more
This book was so frustrating to read, and by the end I'm still not sure my questions are answered. I know at times Dierdre was confused, but often I didn't understand what she figuring out or so bugged with her for not asking the right questions or figuring out the right answers when it just unnecessarily prolonged suspense. There was enough suspense without having to keep the reader in the dark. I can only handle so many unanswered questions before I get frustrated trying to keep them all strai ...more
I decided to pick up Lament because I am a big fan of Ms. Stiefvater's, Shiver. Not only did Lament blow me away, but it is one of the best faerie books I have had the pleasure to read.

Deirdre (a/k/a Dee) and Luke are just to die for. Although you are not really sure whether you can trust Luke for most of the story, you can't help but to yearn for him and Dee to find a way to make it work out - no matter how much her grandmother warns her away from him. I thought Deirdre was the perfect heroine.
Liz Miguez
I don't know why I even continued reading this book after the first chapter. I knew I wouldn't like it. It is like Twilight revamped, but without the vamps (pun intended?).

So here goes (spoiler alert!): Girl meets mysterious Boy who has no personality but is really hot, and Girl decides she is in love with him. Boy is supposed to kill Girl (oops!). Girl finds out Boy has murdered 100s of people and is supposed to murder her. Girl decides she is still in love with Boy even though he has murdered
So it turns out that I have already read this book before. Oh well, this is why I joined this site. There's just too many books to keep track of!

Anyways, I thought for a YA book it was pretty good. The heroine is generally likeable and the plot was pretty interesting. It's about a young girl named Deidre who's gifted at music but awkward socially. At a music recital she meets Luke. A mysterious boy whom Deidre feels drawn too. Soon afterwards she starts finding four-leaf clovers everywhere and s
Nov 18, 2009 Leana rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of vampires and paranormal romance
Recommended to Leana by: after I read Shiver, I had to read this!
My original review was lost because of internet problems. Let's see if I can try this again.

First of all, it takes a lot for me to give a book a five out of five. I not only have to love the characters and story, but I have to be consumed by it. That is exactly what happened with Lament. I was taken into a dangerous world of deception, true love, relationship triangles, magic and faeries. And I didn't want the story to end. Nor could I get through it fast enough.

Second of all, I haven't read a
When I read Shiver a while back, I wasn't thrilled with the story or the characters, but I still put the book down feeling like Stiefvater had some real writing skills. So I decided to give Lament a chance, because fairies. I am glad that I did, but...

While I was reading Lament, I really liked it. Didn't much care for the main character, or for the romance with Luke. (I don't care how cute he is, grow a sense of self-preservation!) But now, having forgotten to review the book for almost a week..
So I needed something sweet and scary, with a little humor and some faeries. I didn't really know much about LAMENT, so it was kind of surprising how much I was looking forward to it. But I was just getting this vibe. Like good things would be inside. And these good things seemed to carry with them a hint of Melissa Marr goodness mixed with some Holly Black awesome. I got what I was looking for and more.

Deirdre plays the harp. Her best friend James is a piper. And hilarious with it. The two of
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater is a mystical magical tale of the world of Faerie that is sure to delight even the most unbelieving reader. This is a tale woven so beautifully that it flows like water through your fingers. A tale that is sure to entertain all ages and a great summer read for your teen/young adult.

Deirdre Monaghan is a normal teenage girl but with musical talent that is well beyond her years. A musical gift that comes so naturally that it could even make the angels weep. Only problem
Jul 09, 2009 Kim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Maggie Stiefvater has a new book, Shiver, coming out this August which sounds really terrific, so I thought I'd finally track down a copy of her first novel Lament to see if it was any good. And it was! Lament is exactly the kind of novel I enjoy---a love story between a modern day teenager and a prisoner of the faerie world---and that was really part of my problem. I have an obsession with the ballad of Tam Lin, the story of a faerie captive being rescued by a mortal girl, and have read nearly ...more
This doesn't compare to Maggie's Wolves of Mercy Falls series but I still loved it!

I loved Luke and Deidree (Can't remember if the spelling is right), they were so cute. I loved their romance and how they fell for one another. I'm not usually a fairy book person but I definately liked this one.

I loved the plot, it was simple and easy to follow. I loved the awesome abilities Dee gets. That would be cool as. James her bestfriend is also really cool, although I must confess I liked Luke better from
Margaret Stohl
Loved the character of Luke, one of my favorite YA boys this year. Thought Deirdre had an interesting arc, her connection with Luke was powerful. I really liked the detailed connection between music and power, and the incredibly articulated visual images of the book.
Tamora Pierce
Eerie fae, humans who have been trapped for centuries, and a modern singer/harpist pulled between friendship, the lover of her true dreams, and family. This book is haunting and irresistible. I'm looking forward to reading the next one!
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All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or tech
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