Title: Lament (Book 1 of The Faerie Queen's Deception)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Summary: Deirdre Monaghan, 16-year-old music prodigy, goes to perform in a competition only to meet the strangest and most intriguing boy she's ever met--Luke Dillon. In silent agreement, they do not discuss his strangeness, or the way that Dee's life starts to change--seeing people in fields of clover and moving things without touching them.
Luke isn't all he pretends to be, but is he truly safe or is it all a ruse? Will their fragile love survive the temper of the Faerie Queen, or are they doomed?
Notes: This story contains two of my very favourite things--music and magic! And it's very well written, to boot, so I can do nothing more than squee over it quite thoroughly. Though some of you will hate the comparison, anyone who likes the Twilight books will like this--but before that stops you, this book is 50 times better than those books! For one, Luke is a much better hero than Edward could ever be, imo, and for two, I don't actually hate Dee! In fact, I identify with her quite thoroughly throughout the book--I have thought some of her thoughts before, and they're not the uncomfortable hang-wringing sort that Bella often has.
Luke is definitely mysterious, but Stiefvater deftly reveals his past and his dilemmas throughout the book, and though the love might be quick, it feels very real despite being love with no huge explanation. The conclusion comes with a twist I didn't see coming and I eagerly await the next book in the series.
I also have to admit to a complete love of some of her terminology--cloverhands, gallowglass, etc. It just fills me with all sorts of love. And just really--musician geekiness? Come on, I can't pass that up! <3
Rating: 9 / 10
I highly recommend to everyone!