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Lament (Books of Faerie #1)

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" Vibrant and potent, YA readers searching for faerie stories will be happy to find this accomplished debut novel."
Publishers Weekly
(starred review)

"This beautiful and out-of-the-ordinary debut novel, with its authentic depiction of Celtic Faerie lore and dangerous forbidden love in a contemporary America

ebook, 218 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD. (first published October 8th 2008)
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Feb 19, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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faerie: come away, human.
me: why?
faerie: untold delights and stiefvater-stories forever.
me: i'm holding out for a better offer. ta.

Nicole R
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 04, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Cait (Paper Fury)
I say (unashamedly too) that I love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing (I also found out her name was pronounced: Steve-otter. Knowing how to pronounce it makes a difference, believe me). My first introduction was The Scorpio Races, and I swallowed that book with a blissful gulp. Then I found Maggie Stiefvater had written a trilogy about faeries and thyme and music. After finishing the first, Lament, I have decided that this author is a faerie writer. It’s impossible to resist the lure of her writing. ...more
Viktoria (seelieknight)
“You're like me. We're watchers of this world, aren't we? Not players.”


This is my unofficial review to which I honestly don’t know what else to write because, in typical Stiefvater fashion, Maggie has managed to ensnare me on yet another journey of whimsical beings and doomed love. I’ve heard from so many various sources (yes, book friends included) that anything else Stiefvater has written cannot amount to the sheer radiance of The Raven Cycle (so don’t bother), and while I somewhat agree, p
Jul 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Arielle Walker
ehhhh. instalove.

Besides that (removing at least 2 stars for the terrible cliche of it all), the fae side of this was handled beautifully. I had fun, once the compulsive eye-rolling stopped. The writing is actually pretty good, and the illustrations were nice too.
Mistress   ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist)
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Arya *Bibliomaniac!* Fraser Stark
Stiefvater...why must you disappoint me so.
This is a pretty bizarre book, the main characters make decisions that you will face palm over, I assure you.
My biggest peeve in this book (other than the whole "let's just not ask questions about anything") is that upon learning that Luke Dillon has killed...a hell of a lot of people, Dee is repelled...for 5 seconds before she's throwing herself back at him, it was ridiculous. Yes, Luke has good reasons for everything he's ding ( a psycho queen tortures his caged soul to get him to do her biddi
Tamora Pierce
Dec 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Margaret Stohl
Aug 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Yet another promising YA novel ruined by raging hormones. I liked that the heroine takes things in stride and doesn't wuss out but she mainly accomplishes this by fangirling and obsessing over her love interest instead of worrying about imminent death. The writing and plot are sloppy, definitely can tell this book was an early work for Stiefvater.
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
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
Mar 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-uns, ya
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
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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
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