Tuesday, October 25, 2011
LAMENT and BALLAD by Maggie Stiefvater
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 assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . .
NYIA TEEN BOOK REVIEWER SAYS:
I figured I'd pick this up since it was written by the author of Linger, Maggie Stiefvater. It was a great book. It had a lot of action, and just enough romance. Of course there was drama, mostly romantic drama. The main character Deirdre. There was a mystery. Her love interest was loveable. The book was pretty faced paced, with only a few slow parts - her dreams. I don't really like when they put a lot of dreams in books because they always seem to go off topic. That was the only thing that kind of annoyed me. Overall, I give this book a 4 out of 5 wings.
Nuala is part muse, part psychic vampire. While the freedom to sing or write or create is denied her, her mark across history is unmistakable: a trail of brilliant poets, musicians, and artists who have died tragically young. She has no sympathy for their abbreviated life spans; every thirteen Halloweens she burns in a bonfire and rises from her ashes with no memories of what has come before other than the knowledge of how her end will come.
James is the best bagpiper in the state of Virginia—maybe in the country—plus he's young and good-looking: just Nuala's thing. But James, supremely confident in his own abilities and in love with another girl, becomes the first to ever reject Nuala's offer. He's preoccupied with bigger things than Nuala: an enigmatic horned figure who appears at dusk and the downward spiral of Dee, his girlfriend-who-isn't.
BALLAD by Maggie Stiefvater
NYIA quick review: The short and sweet of it is, I give this a 3 out of 5 wings. I really didn't like the prospective of this book and it rather messed up the overall good feelings I got after reading book one. I mainly took off a wing because I didn't like Muella's prospective. There was a lot of drama - to much that distracted from the overall plot. But overall was an okay read.