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Fantasy, Young Adult


Deirdre Monaghan usually only has to worry about throwing up before a performance. A talented harpist, she is used to being on the side lines at school, with her best friend James. Until one day she’s doing her normal pre-performance vomiting when Luke turns up to hold her hair back. She’s never seen him at school before but when he requests to play a duet with her, she can’t resist and they wow the audience with their music. Soon strange things start to happen and Luke is unable to tell her his secret. But Deirdre starts to add things up and comes up with…fairies.

Maggie Stiefvater plays with the old myths of fairies stealing people away and the idea that the fae are dangerous. I do enjoy her writing and this is the first of her books that I haven’t absolutely adored. I felt the relationship between Deirdre and Luke was a bit sappy and she wasn’t conflicted enough about it considering what she learns out. It doesn’t take much from her to go from sceptical to moony.

It’s an easy to read book but I find myself not really having much to say about it. Maybe I had too high expectations after Shiver and The Scorpio Races. I will probably read the sequel, Ballad, mostly because the fey world holds potential and I already have a copy!

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  1. Nikki

    Sorry it didn't quite live up to its potential. This is sort of exactly how I felt about The Scorpio Races. I guess I expected more than what I got, despite her talent for beautiful prose. I will say, though, you should give The Raven Boys a try. It completely blew me away.

    1. Ellie

      The Scorpio Races reminded me a little of the Jinny of Finmory horse books I read as a child, both the setting and horse content. And I love horses so I loved that book SO MUCH. I do have Raven Boys on the TBR and it sounds more up my street. I think maybe Lament is an earlier work and she's grown into her writing?

    2. Nikki

      I guess my issue with The Scorpio Races was that I was expecting more mythology to it and just more killer in the horses. It was my first Maggie book though, so I suppose I didn't know what I was getting into then. At least now I know. And I think she's grown as a writer, definitely. Give The Raven Boys a go and let me know what you think. It was a slow hook but it got me deep.

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