I am quickly becoming a fan of Maggie Stiefvater. After reading Shiver, I knew that I had to try some of her other books. Lament is part of her "Books of Faerie" series. It delves into some faerie and celtic-lore that I wasn't really familiar with. When I read the title, I was a little hesitant... "The Faerie Queen's Deception." Sounded corny to me. Well, I was WRONG... this book was extremely interesting, sexy, and fascinating.
The good: As I said after reading Shiver, Stiefvater's writing is gorgeous. Just dripping with beautiful quotes and amazingly lyrical. I found myself marking the pages with Post-It flags so that I could go back and read them again. I've never had much interest in faerie-lore... honestly never even really heard of what it entailed. Well I found myself totally wrapped up in it. Another good thing about Stiefvater's books = good characters. She really gets you to feel and become attached to her characters. James is hands down one of my favorite literary characters. Also, I loved the emphasis on music. I'm a complete music nerd so this book really drew me in.
The bad: I really have to stretch to find something bad about this book. I didn't like it as much as Shiver, but honestly... I am obsessed with Shiver. I wasn't crazy about Dee... I thought she was kinda flaky and didn't really appreciate the amazing friendship that she had in James.
The verdict: Read it! If you like young-adult fiction, this is a must-read. It has everything... adventure, romance, comedy and folklore.