Title: Lament : The Faerie Queen’s Deception
Series: Book of Faerie #1
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publication Date: 8th October 2008
My Rating(s): 🌟🌟
Sixteen-year-old Dee is a cloverhand – someone who can see faeries. When she finds herself irresistibly drawn to beautiful, mysterious Luke Dillon, Dee senses that he wants something more than dangerous than a summer romance.
But Dee doesn’t realize that Luke is an assassin from the faerie world.
And she is his next target.
First thing before reading my review, I need to admit that I think I’m getting older! And here I tried to put myself back as 16-y/o girl while reading this. But! I might say that I just found myself as a stupid female character that awed by a hot, sexy and perfect body male. But who doesn’t, right? I honestly swoon over Will Herondale, for example. But this, I might say it’s over-reacted!
This is another disappointment reading a book about faerie. I was thinking about to DNF it, but I forced myself to finish it. At the beginning, it was about a harpist named Dee that able to see the faeries. She also has katagelophobia. Her phobia suddenly gone when she met an inhuman stranger, Luke on her performance day. She became close to Luke and fall for him. I think the starting is quite good because I hopefully will see how she manage it when she discovered Luke is an assassin from faerie world that need to kill her. But the story became ridiculous and boring. The story kinda out of the expected pace sometimes.
First, I thought Dee was a nerdy girl. Yes, she was nerdy and invisible at school, but she’s too rude to her family especially with her mom. But I won’t judge her by being a teenager who is easy to fall in love.
Second, I feel uncomfortable with Luke character. He’s too contempt and too flirty. If I am 16 year old girl and I meet much older stranger that address me with an inappropriate called, I won’t be comfortable yet disgusting. Too much “hey, pretty girl” (come on! you are not the one who pretty in this world) and compliments make me sick and annoyed sometimes.
More offense, Dee keeps pushing her best friend, James away because she’s in love with Luke. This is such a triangle love! Too cliché and I know who’s getting hurt. Sometimes, I have to stop reading for a while, to calm myself.
The ending was okay for me. There’s an action where Dee has to save James from the faerie and how she confront the Queen. But a little confusing for me regarding Luke. However, the ending quite cool!
This book is nothing much different with The Iron Witch series. The plot quite similar and almost mimicking each other. In my opinion, the faerie world in this book are nonchalantly and I wish for something different. Besides, there’s a bleak about mentioning the faeries and more focusing on the Dee and Luke with their forbidden love story.
Overall, I kinda disappointed with this book because I took too much time to finish it and make me think twice whether I should continue with the sequel, Ballad or not. However, I don’t have intention to offend any side. This is my honest opinion from what I’ve read.
Thank you so much for your time. Till next time!