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. When a mysterious boy enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of nowhere, Deirdre finds herself infatuated. Trouble is, the enigmatic and conflicted Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin—and Deirdre is meant to be his next mark. Deirdre has to decide if Luke’s feelings towards her are real, or only a way to lure her deeper into the world of Faerie.
– synopsis from www.maggiestiefvater.com

Okay, so the above description makes Lament sound like a ill-written teenage romance, along the lines of a Twilight knock-off. And maybe the story-lines are slightly similar in a few ways. But Lament manages to take the cliqued plotline and make it sparkle, something that Twilight never was successful with (the sparkliness of that series’ vampires none withstanding). It was a quick fun read, perfect for the holiday weekend, and it left me craving more stories along the same lines. I’m definitely going to take a look at Maggie Stiefvater’s other books. Next up, Ballad and Shiver.

PS – Maggie looks like such a fun author, too. I just discovered her LiveJournal (oh, LJ, I don’t think I’ll ever get over how much I love thee!) and it is so-so-so much fun. 🙂 Take a look at it, especially her v-log – seriously, who sends their favorite author a sock?! Does someone think she’s a house-elf? 😉