Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Year of Publication: 2009
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
First Line: "He didn't know how long he'd been clinging there."
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand--one who can see faeries.
Unexpectedly, Deirdre finds herself infatuated wit a mysterious boy named Luke who enters her ordinary life, seemingly out of thin air. But his interest in her might be something draker than summer romance. When a sinister faerie named Aodhan shows up with deadly orders from the Faerie Queen, it forces Dee right into the midst of Faerie. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend.
Deirdre had been wishing her summers weren't so dull, but taking on a centuries-old Faerie Queen isn't exactly what she had in mind.
(Source: Back of book)
Review: This book was great. Most of the faerie books I read are good, War for the Oaks, by Emma Bull being my favorite, and this one ranks up there pretty high as well. Luke is achingly sweet and a few twists were woven into the story, making it all the more interesting. Faerie and other kinds of magic (abilities of telekinesis, mindreading, and a few others) were both incorporated into the book which is unusual--at least in my experience with Faerie books. The characters were pretty good, some were slightly less well-rounded than the others but well done overall. The ending was slightly abrupt, but not so much that I hated it. The style was pretty good except that I'm not quite sure I understood everything I was supposed to. I'm still confused on some aspects of the plot, but a sequel was promised at the end (in the about the author section) so hopefully that will clear things up. Definitely looking forward to the sequel (Ballad) and definitely recommend, especially for those looking for faerie books (which can sometimes be hard to find, so if anyone knows of any others, let me know! I've read Impossible, Tithe, Valiant, Ironside, War for the Oaks, Lament, Tam Lin... and probably a few others, but suggest away!
Worst part: Just a little thing besides the confusion--I wasn't a big fan of the names. Deirdre is so cumbersome, Luke (thought I generally like this name) didn't seem right for the character, Delia didn't fit the personality, and I wasn't a fan of Brendan's either. I liked James' name though--again, I'm not sure it holds the right tone for his personality. I liked Aodhan's (I assume it's pronounced "Aiden", but with Irish names, you can't always tell.) Disclaimer: Sorry if you have these names. Haha. I mean no offense. :)
Best part: Luke, again, was just so achingly sweet. I got chills and shivers all over. Can I have my own Luke, please?
Other Books by This Author: (None of these are out yet, but here they are:) Ballad, Shiver, and Linger.