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)
Sad, funny and very realistic (no high-school fairytale) Underprivileged high-school senior Ashley Hannigan tries hard not to drop out of school during...moreSad, funny and very realistic (no high-school fairytale) Underprivileged high-school senior Ashley Hannigan tries hard not to drop out of school during the last months. She has more detentions lined-up than days left to sit them off, works her butt off at a pizza parlor in a Romping Rat costume, lives with three siblings and another in the making in a house that is constantly under repair, because her dad has more enthusiasm than time or money, and dates bass-ass TJ, who is not allowed to show himself on school-grounds anymore, but is proud to have secured a one-room-flat with a curtained-off loo for himself and the woman of his dreams. Ashley's best friend is Natalia, daughter of the Russian immigrants next door (Nat's grandmother as well as Ash's mother's numerous sisters provide the light and hilarious moments during the story's course) and head of the prom committee. When the prom is in danger of being canceled, because a teacher stole the prom money, Natalia is devastated and Ashley - prom hater superieur - finds herself up to her neck involved in reorganizing a cheaper alternative - just in order to fulfill her best-friends dream, her life and her attitude towards herself and her future slowly begin to change. The story about a normal kid, bored, down-to-earth, without big dreams and almost no chance against a prejudiced vice principal, touches a core, when that kid decides to get her friend a night to remember no matter the hardship. I can understand that reviewers say Ashley is a heroine, who is hard to like. I liked her nevertheless. But she is no princess, even if her father calls her that. She is an underdog. And I was very pleased to see that things turned out realistically fine for her.(less)