Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Dual YA Review: Lament and Ballad and a Question

I decided to do a dual review on these two because I'm sure everyone has read about them quiet a few times. I did want to share my opinion though.

Summary of Lament: (from Booklist)

Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan, a gifted harpist who regularly plays for weddings and other events, has the kind of stage fright that makes her physically ill before a performance, which is an inauspicious way to start a romance; but while vomiting before a competition she meets a gorgeous boy who comes into the restroom to hold her hair. He is Luke Dillon, a flautist who proceeds to accompany her in a truly stellar performance. As four-leaf clovers start appearing everywhere, Deirdre develops telekinetic powers and encounters strange, unworldly people who seem to bear her ill will. Her best friend, James, also a talented musician; her beloved grandmother; and her mother all are in danger, as Deirdre is targeted by the queen of Faerie. Deirdre eventually discovers that she is a cloverhand, a person who can see the denizens of faerie, and Luke, not the only immortal who has her in his sights, is a gallowglass, an assassin assigned by the queen of Faerie to kill Deirdre but who falls in love with her instead.

Summary of Ballad: (from Amazon)

James Morgan has an almost unearthly gift for music. And it has attracted Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and then feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. James has plenty of reasons to fear the faeries, but as he and Nuala collaborate on an achingly beautiful musical composition, James finds his feelings towards Nuala deepening. But the rest of the fairies are not as harmless. As Halloween—the day of the dead—draws near, James will have to battle the Faerie Queen and the horned king of the dead to save Nuala's life and his soul.

My thoughts:

Well I have to say I really enjoyed both of these books. Maggie's writing is quick paced and to the point in a good way. She's descriptive in her writing but not overly so. I enjoyed seeing the character's relationship's developing and falling apart. It was a definite roller coaster of emotion through out the books. If I had to pick a favorite character....I'd say I was rooting for James all the way.

So like I said short review here but, if you haven't read the books I'd say go get 'em! I enjoy books about fairies so this series is definitely a keeper for me and one to watch!

And now a question for my readers:

What are some Fairie books that you enjoyed?

What I've read so far:

All of the Wicked Lovely series

Lament and Ballad

She's no Fairie Princess (from the Other's series)

I have Tithe and Valient waiting for me

Also Wondrous Strange and Darklight

*these books were purchased by me*


  1. Thanks of the review!!

    I love the book Wings by Aprilynne Pike. It is a faerie book as well!!=)
    Have you read that yet!!?

  2. I just read both of those books and I agree they are a keeper. I read them backwards, however... with Ballad first. :P

  3. This only slightly applies, but Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke has quite a bit about fairies and it's in my top 10 favorite books of all time.

  4. @ ck and Seak...thanks for the recomendations on those 2...I haven't read either one

    @Melissa I almost did that myself LOL

  5. The Bones of Faerie is an interesting book- it's kind of a combo dystopian/fantasy books after humans and faeries combine. Enjoy!

  6. Hi Kris, saw your comment over @Misfit Salon and wanted to say hello. I'm a native Cajun myself but live in Ontario now. I'll be around and reading.

  7. I must be the only one who hasn't read these - I really must make the time to do so!

  8. @ Emily that book sounds good!

    @Kalanna least your close to the cultural roots LOL

    @ Stephanie...I enjoyed em, oh and you have me wanting to read the montsrumoloigist (?) sooo much!