by Maggie Stiefvater
Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . .
Have I mentioned lately that I totally adore Maggie Stiefvater? Like, I'm afraid to meet her in real life unless I turn all fan-girly? (Okay, not really, I can be cool and chill and all, but inside I'd be going "OhMyGoshItIsMaggie!" Yeah, I know, I probably need professional help or something.) And back to the book: now, I don't read a whole lot of books on the Faerie. They're not normally my cup-o-tea. Sure, a few here or there (the Supernaturally series is a total exception), but for the most part the fay just don't do it for me. This book was an exception, perhaps because it didn't delve too deeply into the fay, but allowed for the story to unfold in the present world. I liked that. The book wasn't quite as good as the Wolves of Mercy Falls series (but, really, what is?) but overall it was a satisfying read. Also, I kind of hate to say this, but it really reminded me of Twilight with fairies and not vampires. Random, right? But there were a lot of similar elements. Thankfully, the MC was a smart girl with the ability to, ya know, think for herself and make decisions :)
I will be picking up the next book shortly!
Oh, and random side comment on the book: the male lead, Luke, plays the flute. I finished reading this book and then went walking around Kyoto, only to run into a random guy playing a flute on the sidewalk not 10 minutes later. SO random. Gave me goosebumps. Anyhow, I tweeted it (of course) and Maggie responded saying not to pick up any four-leaf clovers! Hah! (See, this is my inner fan-girl coming out. I should probably not share!)
So, do tell, have you read Lament?