After I read (and loved) Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, a dear friend of mine gifted me with Ms. Stiefvater's debut novel, Lament (The Faerie Queen's Deception), which solidified the author as one of my favorites.
The story of Deirdre Monaghan, a sixteen-year old with amazing talents that go beyond her ability to play a mean harp, Lament is another take on star-crossed lovers, but written in a way that goes beyond the typical.
Deirdre regularly performs at weddings and other music events, but performance anxiety is an issue for her. In fact, he tends to get nervous to the point of vomiting before playing for an audience. It's during such an episode before a music competition that she meets Luke Dillon, a gorgeous boy who follows her into the bathroom to hold back her hair while she gets sick.
A sweet thing to do, but eww, not exactly a romantic setting for a first meeting. However, after comforting Deirdre, Luke joins her for an outstanding duet that wows the judges. That performance will change everything, and Deirdre finds herself growing more and more fascinated with this unusual boy.
Luke is just as obsessed with her, but Deirdre begins to suspect the boy may be more than he seems. Strange happenings and otherworldly powers point toward the truth — that Deirdre's life may be in danger and Faeries, ones nothing like Tinkerbell, may be the ones who want her dead.
Written for a teen audience, Lament and its companion book Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie will appeal to fans of Holly Black's Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale. Also check out Stiefvater's continuation of the Mercy Falls Series begun in Shiver with Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 2) and Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 3).
As far as Lament goes, I give it 4 bookmarks, a great read and one that inspires me to keep reading whatever this author has to offer.