Good faerie story - mediocre romance. Maybe, if I had not read the exceptionally wonderful "Shiver" before, I would have liked "Lament" more. My expec...moreGood 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 a lot of tense and love-filled situations occur. I did not really warm up to the main characters, Deidre and Luke. (I think, I liked best friend James best.) At one point I thought: If Luke is saying one time more "Pretty girl", I am going to barf. In addition those parents of Deidre are such an unbelievably stange set: So enormously distant and cold and always pressuring their daughter to play at weddings and such and telling peolpe beforehand, that she will have to vomit because of the stress.
I liked the second half slightly better than the first. So it's three stars in the end.
I am not sure, if I want to read Ballad sometime. There are still so many other promising faerie stories around. (less)
Surprisingly good. Out of the five stories I liked four. That's good for an anthology. In contrast to others, I enjoyed the Westerfeld-story the most....moreSurprisingly good. Out of the five stories I liked four. That's good for an anthology. In contrast to others, I enjoyed the Westerfeld-story the most. But I have to admit, it stands out a bit, because it is the only Science Fiction story in the midst of urban fantasy: In a future classroom students attend "scarcity class" and have to chose a self-experience project lasting for two weeks. It is a future in which hunger, illness, long-distance between places, exhaustion and other problems have been successfully solved, but teenagers are expected to understand what ailed their ancestors in old times. So some try out classics like influenza or old-fashioned transport (boats), but the heroine takes on going without hormone stabilizers and and the hero tests what it is like to sleep. I don't know why, but I liked both the setting and the couple immensely. The second best story in my opinion was the selkie-themed love-story by Melissa Marr.(less)
Time leaks, lost socks, faeries and sheet music. Everyone in Kinvara, Ireland, feels that lately time seems to pass more quickly than ever before. Nobo...moreTime leaks, lost socks, faeries and sheet music. Everyone in Kinvara, Ireland, feels that lately time seems to pass more quickly than ever before. Nobody has enough time to have a cup of tea or enjoy a short chat anymore. Because of this 15-year-old JJ Liddy's exhausted mum has just one wish for her birthday: More time. JJ, who is struggling with his own teenage problems (going clubbing with his friends or being labeled weird for playing the fiddle at the traditional dancing feasts at home) is determined to fulfill his mother's wish no matter the cost. A neighbour takes him at his word and shows him a secret gate between his world and the Land of Eternal Youth, where the fae suffer the opposite effect. They started to age since time began to pour in from the human world - along with single socks from human washing machines. Now JJ has to find the time leak in order to save both worlds, which is more difficult than it seems, because in a land without time you tend to forget your worries and the purpose of your actions. You'd rather play the fiddle all day and let your tunes trickle into the ears of human musicians. In the course of the story a lot of Irish traditions, faerie lore (changelings, disappearings, stone circles, music) is explained and on every third or fourth page you find the music sheet of a traditional tune. Clever. I liked the fine blend of mystery, folklore and family story. What the policeman has to do with all of this? You'll find out.(less)
Better faerie book than most. I almost lost heart after reading a lot of faerie stories that didn't suit my taste in the least like "Wicked lovely" or...moreBetter faerie book than most. I almost lost heart after reading a lot of faerie stories that didn't suit my taste in the least like "Wicked lovely" or the "Faerie Path" series. But this urban-fantasy-teen-love-story-mix was really enjoyable. The characters come straight out of Midsummer Night's Dream, but have their gate to the Otherworld in Central Park, NY. The beautiful heroine is likable, the plot fun and romantic. You can keep track of the flying between worlds; it is more imaginable than the writing in "Wicked Lovely" for instance. I would have liked to have the hero, human Changeling Sonny Flannery, to be painted in more detail. We know about his long hair, his silver eyes and his feelings. But that is almost all. The other faerie book I liked in the recent past was "Blackbringer".(less)
This review was originally posted in 2008 after I had read the book for the first time:
"The Blue Girl" by Charles de Lint has been one of the most sat...moreThis review was originally posted in 2008 after I had read the book for the first time:
"The Blue Girl" by Charles de Lint has been one of the most satisfying snatches from the fantasy shelves for me last year.
Is has it all:
1. A very warm-hearted and detailed description of a forming unlikely friendship between tough punk-girl Imogene, who had a criminal gang-member-record in her hometown and a childhood spent mainly on her own because of her drug-consuming carefree hippy-parents, and anxious, smart and conservative outsider Maxine, who has difficulties coming out of her shell because of her ever-present controlling mother. 2. Dark, mysterious fantasy tightly interwoven with reality. Imogene's imaginary childhood friend Pelly - something in the middle between hedgehog and boy with bunny ears and a monkey's tail - turns up in flesh after a long absence and warns her: Somehow Imogene has angered the malicious band of faeries living on the school grounds and therefore her life is suddenly on stake. In her efforts to get light into the matter, she meets the ghost of a former high-school-student whose death was caused by faeries as well. Imogene finds out that faeries are by far not the most dangerous creatures in town. Bonded with Pelly and Maxine the long-time loner learns a lot about trust and friendship and wins in the end. 3. Last but not least there are some interesting sub-plots like Imogene's dealings with the school's bullies, her relationship with her brother and the slowly growing romance with a music-shop-guy - whose granny comes from Ireland and believes in faeries as well...
I will definitly read more books by this author and recommend for anyone who likes finely tuned characters and dark fantasy to have a try as well. (less)
Well, it has been at least a year since I read "Wicked lovely", but I repeatedly see it in readings lists on the Internet (such as the YALSA list bei...moreWell, it has been at least a year since I read "Wicked lovely", but I repeatedly see it in readings lists on the Internet (such as the YALSA list bei the ALA). Therefore I scramble together my fading opinion. I like faerie stories. And I liked the idea of someone who can seen faeries and knows they are dangerous to acknowledge. The setting of the book worked ready fine for me and there was a lot of suspense. This seeing-trait was heditary (Grandma has it, too and warns about it) and there is a good friend with an integruing character to confide in. So what went wrong? What I do not like are urban fantasy stories that ae not likely at all. I like them to blend into our reality. "Wicked lovely" gets a shrap drift into the unlikely, when Aislinn lets herself drawn into the faerie world by Summer King Keenan the first time. She lets all cautions go. After that my brain just could not follow anymore. Aislinn is to be a normal girl with a normal boyfriend and - at the same time - immortal wife of a faerie ruler and thus responsible for the seasons on earth? She swaps worlds with an ease that has you wondering "How does she do it?", "How will she live?", "What about science?". But, alas, no satisfying explanations due. And her interesting boyfriend has to come to terms with it. (He does, because she is so great, mind you.) Fo me, the promise of the setting has not been fullfilled. And I did not get the pleasant illusion, that maybe such a story might be possible behind our naive backs. Not at all. I would buy either "The Blue Girl" by Charles de Lint or Laini Taylor's "Faeries of Dreamdark" instead. The second is a really fresh and original book about faeries in this world which works for older and younger faerie fans and sports great illustrations, the first is a rather dark, but gripping urban fantasy about the friendship of two very different girls who meet the ghost of a boy who died because of faerie involvement. Or - if you are an adult - the Merededes-Thompson-books by Paricia Briggs. The setting is werewolf-focussed, but the faerie aspect is nicely blended in - and absolutely believable. Plus, you really wish the characters to succeed. (Uploaded first as an Amazon review on Juli 13th 2008)(less)