Rating: 4/5 stars.
“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 callous mother – until she meets the mysterious Luke Dillon while throwing up in the girl’s bathroom. As unappealing as that first date may seem, things get even stranger when Deirdre discovers that Luke is a faerie assassin. Yet, she cannot stymie her growing attraction to him. Is their love for one another enough to keep them together, or will it be the factor that costs them their lives?
Yes, Twilight comparisons abound. However, there is no competition to which one is the better book. Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is at least tenfold of Stephenie Meyer’s, or at least what Meyer displayed in her Twilight series. Additionally, the characters in Stiefvater’s novel are stronger and deeper than those in Meyer’s.
This being Stiefvater’s first young adult novel, I was duly impressed by the dialogue as well as the general way the characters were written. It did not send shivers racing through my bones as The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy did, but it was definitely worth the read.