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review: “lament” February 24, 2010

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Lament by Maggie Stiefvater.
Flux // Paperback // 336 pages.
Reviewed from purchased copy.

Deirdre has played the harp for years, despite her fearsome stage fright that has her throwing up before every performance. And while she’s preparing for a music competition, she meets Luke Dillon — a flautist. Together, they play an amazing memorable performance right before Luke disappears again. Mysterious people, four-leaf clovers, and powers start appearing in Deirdre’s world and she knows just two things. One, that Luke is somehow involved and two, that’s she in some kind of danger. The problem is that Deirdre doesn’t realize just how much danger she’s in.

I absolutely loved both “Lament” and its sequel “Ballad” (review coming right after this one).

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of paranormal/urban fantasy/supernatural romance, right? So, this book was basically a no-brainer for me — I knew I had to have it the second I heard about it. (And for the sake of this minor discussion, I’m just going to keep calling the genre “supernatural romance” like I have it in my tags.)

Anyways, this genre has a basic formula: girl meets guy, there is romance, there is supernatural happenings. No one gets to credit inventing the genre. And no one is ripping off the basic formula from another author. What really sets supernatural romance apart — good writing, relatable character, mythology research, strong world building, non-stalker boys — is what I found in “Lament.”

(Yeah, you thought I had disappeared on a tangent, admit it!)

I immensely related to Dee — I used to have the worst stage fright in the whole orchestra! And let’s not talk about my first and only vocal solo where I promptly finished my part and ran off the stage to use the facilities.

And as amazing as the faerie world is (and it is!), what really and truly impressed me about “Lament” was Dee’s human life, particularly her family. There is an excellent backstory that would be really spoilerish to talk about, so I’ll just say that it serves as such a great underlying backbone to the story and I would really like to hear more about those events.

I would be remiss not to mention Luke (Dee’s love interest) and James (Dee’s best friend). Luke was a bit more developed, but since I knew James would have his own story in “Ballad,” I overlooked James’s lack of development in “Lament.”

Near flawless writing and a great story makes this a perfect buy for libraries with supernatural romance fans.

SWAN catalog
Maggie Stiefvater




1. Lawral - February 25, 2010

I just finished reading this (finally!) last week; my review will go up tomorrw. I loved it! I think you hit the nail on the head saying that Dee’s “normal” life is what makes this book a bit easier to relate to than other paranormal romances out there.

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