Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie (Books of Faerie, #2)
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In this mesmerizing sequel to Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception, music prodigy James Morgan and his best friend, Deirdre, join a private conservatory for musicians. James' musical talent attracts Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. Composing beautiful music together unexpectedly leads t...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Flux
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Krystle
Ballad is the sequel to Lament, which I reviewed earlier. It’s got a bit of everything; romance, devious faeries, magic, and teen drama.

Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is much the same as in the previous book; pretty descriptions and a definite knowledge of mythology. There were a whole lot of new characters too and I just did not connect to any of them. Nuala while intriguing on her own with a spitfire personality, inner turmoil, and her own conflict with the fey, just did not grab me.

Seeing as how...more
oliviasbooks
4,5 stars!! I am quite overwelmed by how much I liked Ballad, since after reading Lament I expected a sequel that would also barely make it into the "It-was-enjoyable-but-didn't-touch-me" category. In most cases sequels even take a slight - or not so slight - drop for me. Surprisingly Ballad turned out to be what I wished Lament had been: A beautiful but eerie story in which humans meet dangerous, but alluring and likable faeries. Both worlds are shaken up. Both main characters change because of...more
kari
Jun 02, 2010 kari rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009, ya
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Kristi (The Story Siren)
Three words; addictive, magical, & wicked.

I've been eagerly awaiting this novel since the last pages of Lament. Eagerly awaiting to fulfill my craving of James, I mean! Ballad, although could be considered a sequel to Lament, is more of a companion novel. Let me just say that Ballad finally (finally!) satisfies that insatiable hunger for James, after that enticing, all to short, glimpse during Lament. And can I say, that I only love him more. His witty retorts, his one line smart ass comment...more
Tara
Dear Maggie Stiefvater,

You torture me.
I love your writing, I love your ideas, I love your books. I DO NOT love the way you leave me hanging. I get that you have your Mercy Falls books to finish, though I think that Shiver ended fine, and I am certainly excited about those. . . BUT I NEED RESOLUTION TO THIS STORY! There is just so much story in Lament/Ballad that needs to be told, so many questions that need answering.

Just in case you haven't heard this from thousands of other readers, let me gi...more
Heather
Oct 08, 2009 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Maggie Stiefvater ranks as one of my best newly discovered authors of 2009 (right up there with Patrick Ness). And it's saying something, for me, that I read two books about faeries -- never my favorite topic, especially after my Melissa Marr experience gone bad -- just to read more of her stuff, even though Lament, and Ballad are not, in some ways, as tightly written as Shiver, my hands-down favorite of hers.

But Ballad still contains her lyric prose, and better yet, a truly unique narrative voi...more
Sherrie Petersen
Nobody writes longing like Maggie Stiefvater. It clings to every page, wraps itself around your heart. Trust me. When you're done reading one of her books, you are ready to make the person laying next to you happy. Very happy.

I read Shiver last fall after Myra McEntire raved about it repeatedly. I was not disappointed. I liked it so much I bought more copies and gave them away for Christmas gifts. I told everyone I knew to read the book. Then hubby brought me Lament as a souvenir from his busine...more
Jillian -always aspiring-
Aug 10, 2010 Jillian -always aspiring- rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People who could take or leave Lament: this one is OODLES better, trust me
Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception, the first of Maggie Stiefvater's Faerie books, began with a girl named Deidre Monaghan meeting a handsome boy and making pretty music with him (literally, not figuratively). Thus began her involvement with the fey because said boy worked for the fey. Deidre's best friend James Morgan was collateral damage the first time around. . .but now, in Ballad, he is the hero. Will he be making pretty music with one of the fey as well? Oh, yes, indeed.

I may jest -- but...more
Lynn
I think that the more I read by Maggie Stiefvater the more I love her books. I have found so much to appreciate about her writing. This book does not disappoint.

Be forewarned that if you read this book right after Lament you might have unfulfilled expectations. There is very little Dee and what you get of her is a very different side than in the first book. More about that in a sec. Also there is no Luke. This book if from James' perspective and takes off on a different but related direction th...more
Lisa
Originally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me

Ballad exceeded my expectations and managed to surprise me at every turn. No longer are we focused on Dee, but on her best friend James. When he begins attending Thornking-Ash, a school for the gifted and talented, he finds himself mystified by a faerie named Nuala who just can't seem to leave him alone, and not for evil reasons either. Soon, James finds himself torn between right and wrong, friendship and love, and life and death.

I was pleasantly...more
Tracy74
Wow, I really liked this book. I wasn't sure what to expect at first. I was really hoping it was going to truly continue from where Lament left off and finished the story or at least answer some of my questions..... It did continue, but from James point of view. I really like James in Lament and loved him in Ballad. I got sucked into this story really wanting to find out what happens.
At this point I feel like I'm holding my breath with the anticipation of hearing if there will be more books in t...more
Beth Fred
As far as books go as a stand alone this one would have been okay. It's not a page turner like Lament and it's not poetic like Shiver, but still it was a decent story.

My frustration comes in with it being marketed as a sequel to Lament, which ends sadly with James apparently being dead, Luke Dillon's soul being returned but him having to go live with a group of faeries to avoid dieing once his soul is returned. But apparently I seriously misread that last chapter because James is alive and well...more
~Tina~
See, I have this strange thing about me. When I read a book I put myself entirely into it. So when I read the Wicked Lovely books I was fully warped into Keenan/Seth and Ash lives. When I read Ink Exchange however, I felt lost cause it wasn't there story.
When I read Lament, again, I connected with the characters Luke and Dee.
So now comes BALLAD and again, I felt the lost of the characters that I wanted to read about.
This is only because with the Wicked Lovely books and now Lament books - I've re...more
Liviania
A little less than a year ago, I received an e-mail promising me homicidal faeries. I, being the sort too dumb to know when a deal is too good to be true, said yes. In return for the novel, I became a fan of the affable and clever Maggie Stiefvater. And now that I've read BALLAD her insidious claim is stronger than ever. I'm waiting for the paperback of SHIVER, but maybe I shouldn't. I might owe her my collection of shamrock memorabilia.

When BALLAD opens, James is still recovering from the event...more
Music_lover3
I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this wasn't it. I thought this was a really good book by itself, but it was terrible as a sequel, especially as an ending to a series. I had several problems with this one. I hated the ending, but I did like James as a character (he was quirky enough to be interesting), even Nuala. I thought she was good for him. However, I still skimmed most of it, even with two funny, very likeable main characters. And I hated Dee in this book. She did a complete 180 from...more
BOOK BUTTERFLY
Maggie' Stiefvater’s writing really is so addictive. It hooks you right from the start and seems to flow with a lyric all of its own. When I first read Lament, I was left wanting to learn more about one character in particular- James. There were quick little glimpses into his character, but not enough to satisfy my curiosity about him. I hoped that in the sequel we'd get to learn more about him. Let me just say, if you felt the same way- then Ballad will not disappoint you. Right from page one I...more
Angie
And right on the heels of Shiver comes BALLAD--the sequel (perhaps companion novel would be a better term) to Lament. In a shift similar to the one in between Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange, BALLAD switches narrators from Dee to her best friend James Morgan. And James, like Marr's Leslie, is in rather a lot of trouble. The story follows his struggle to recover from narrowly escaping death at the hands of homicidal faeries in order to protect Dee, as well as his stuttering attempts...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)
Ballad starts with James and Dee at the private school for musicians. Jame's talent attracts Nuala, who just happens to be a soul snatcher (who's also a faerie muse) who finds and feeds off of those with exceptional gifts. Everyone she's been attracted to dies after she feeds on them. What neither of them excepts is to develop a relationship. I have to say that they both dish up a healthy dose of snarkiness and I love it.

James still has feelings for Dee, who's still grieving over Luke. We do ge...more
Angela
Intriguing follow-up to Lament

After reading Maggie Stiefvater's first novel, Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception, a few months ago and loving it (as my previous review on it can attest), I waited impatiently for Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie to come out. I dove into it this past weekend, and though I enjoyed it a great deal, it didn't bind me like Lament did.

Ballad picks up a few months after Dee and James barely survive their first harrowing experiences with the world of Faerie. Dee has left...more
Cathy
I have mixed emotions about this one. I love James. He's such a great mix of cool kid and geek, always with the zingers and yet so thoughtful and sweet. But I really didn't care about Nuala. And I put the book down 50 pages before the end one night so that I could have the full feeling intact when I finished it and wrote a review the next day, but that was 12 days ago. I just didn't have an urge to pick it up again until I needed to return it to the library. I think there was just something dist...more
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Carla
After reading the mesmerising Lament, I was eagerly awaiting this book with so much anticipation, that I wondered on more than one occasion, whether the story would live up to my expectations. For those of you who know me, I am a serious Maggie fan girl, heck; I even started a fan forum for her. This does not mean I am biased, it just means that I respect wonderful pieces of literature and give them the praise they are due.

Ballad starts right where Lament left off; James and Dee have enrolled a...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Ballad starts with James and Dee at the private school for musicians. Jame's talent attracts Nuala, who just happens to be a soul snatcher (who's also a faerie muse) who finds and feeds off of those with exceptional gifts. Everyone she's been attracted to dies after she feeds on them. What neither of them excepts is to develop a relationship. I have to say that they both dish up a healthy dose of snarkiness and I love it.

James still has feelings for Dee, who's still grieving over Luke. We do ge...more
Allison
Ballad picks up where Lament left off- sort of. Musically gifted James and Dee attend the school for the musically gifted, Thornking-Ash.

Except that Dee doesn't really figure in this book. In fact, this book doesn't really figure in this book. There is little about the school, little about the students, and little about James' music, except how it attracts Nuala, a faerie/succubus.

And let's chat about that. Let's take a little look at the females in this book:

1) Dee- aka the next Bella Swan. T...more
Kaysi
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Manda Scott
Those of you who are not writers will have to bear with me a moment. Those of you who do make a living writing, will know what it is to hand in a book. Before it, there are the weeks, possibly months, of lock-down, when your friends think you've given up on them, your partner thinks you've fallen out of love, your parents and children think they've lost you to some cult which prevents you from ever contacting the outside world and when they have the bad grace to die before the book's done, and t...more
Jenn
Bottom Line: Ballad was a thrill. The plot was twisted, ethereal, and complex, the writing was lyrical and descriptive, and the characters (for the most part) were relateable and solid. I felt that the ending was a bit rushed - technically very climatic, but not enough time for me to savor it. In the end, I loved learning about James and seeing the world from his POV. I would definitely recommend Ballad to anyone in search of a good book, and highly recommend it to people who like reading of fae...more
Carolyn F.
I fought to the finish this book.

SPOILERS

It's book #2 in Books of Faerie and I really, really wanted James and Dee to get together and fall madly in love. So when Nuala came on the scene and James started liking her and Dee kept doing hot/cold yo-yo with James, I'd get frustrated, stop reading and grab another book. We'll it's a library book that's due in a few days so I made myself stick with it. I'm glad I did because I flip-flopped and now I like James and Nuala together. I still think that...more
Stefanie
I have grown to LOVE Maggie Stiefvater's writing so much after I first read Shiver and then I found out she had another series out about fairies. I wasn't too excited at first because I've never really been a big fairy book kind of fan but she has changed my mind!! These characters feel so real and authentic and relatable. I didn't think i'd like Ballad as much as Lament because I became quite fond of Luke, but then James won me over in Ballad!! He's such an unforgettable character and has so mu...more
Manda
I was prepared to be disappointed by this book. Fantasy has been letting me down lately. Hush Hush was bloody stupid. Liar was ok- I wouldn't read it again. A Great and Terrible Beauty was a bit of a drag and as for Valiant- it was one of Holly Black's better books but again I probably won't be picking it up for a second run through.

But Ballad- I'm not even finished with it yet- Ballad, is gorgeous-there's no other way to describe it. It's compelling, haunting, funny and heart ache inducing. I b...more
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New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

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...more
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