BALLAD. Read an excerpt from Flux. Nuala is part muse, part psychic vampire. Her mark across history is unmistakable: a trail of brilliant poets, musicians, and. Information and extras for Lament and Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater, including Celtic music written for the books. Summary: A book with lots to like, but enough flaws to make it worth a borrow, not a buy. Strong major characters, lyrical prose and interesting.

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I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this wasn’t it. I got sucked into this story really wanting to find out what happens.

View all 10 comments. Even though James has told Nuala he isn’t interested and to leave him alone, she doesn’t do that. The story follows his struggle to recover from narrowly escaping death at the hands of homicidal faeries in order to protect Dee, as well as his stuttering attempts to deal with life after telling his best friend he’s in love with her and having stiefgater not return the sentiment. Nuala connected with James in a way that i think nobody, including Dee ever had before.

Oh, and I liked the Aunty getting what she had coming Jun 15, Angie ballav it really liked it Shelves: Composing beautiful music together unexpectedly leads to mutual admiration and love. Overall, there was enough here that was good for the story to be enjoyable, and I would definitely recommend a borrow, if not a buy.

Knowing their history will provide more understanding and empathy with their characters. The chapters alternate between James and Nuala’s point of view with a few text messages from Dee interspersed here and there. Ballad is not a sequel to Lament reviewed here but a companion piece.

Ich mochte ihn als besten Freund der Hauptfigur lieber als als Hauptfigur, aber er war mir immer noch sympathisch. James had a freshness he didn’t have in the first book, while Going into this book i will stiefvatrr that my expectations were high.


I hated the ending, but I did like James as a character he was quirky enough to be interestingeven Nuala. Twists and turns that I never saw coming. Over all I liked it, but I wasn’t in love with it like I was Lament. I can’t explain her writing. I really like James in Lament and loved him in Ballad. Ballad, although could be considered a sequel to Lament, is more of a companion novel.

Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie

I knew I was reading Jame’s story but couldn’t help wanting to know what the hell was going on with Dee’s story!! Maggie Stiefvater enabled us to see James on a very personal, deep level. Also there is no Luke. But once he gets there, Dee barely talks to him. She knows ,aggie to write music so that you hear it in your heart.

And what’s there is richer and more painful than one might expect from his humorous exterior.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here I also like the new characters that are introduced, as it seems like they’ll be back for the third book.

I desperately hope there will be more novels in this series. After reading the mesmerising Lament, I was eagerly awaiting this book with so much anticipation, that I wondered on more than one occasion, whether the story would live up to my expectations.

Mar 02, Kayla rated it really liked it. I seriously can’t even with how much I love him. There are potential mild spoilers after this so read further only if you don’t mind those mild spoilers. First thing that struck me with this story was “why are they at that school? And saving Dee and stopping the evil ‘homicidal faeries’ was what was right.

I’ve been eagerly awaiting this novel since the last pages of Lament. The ending, as always, left me hurt and angry and sad at the sweetness — and totally unresolved. I found the jump between couples Dee and Luke in Lament to be very easy and honestly preferred this relationship a lot more. I just felt like this story was missing something, and in the end, it brought the book down.


Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater – book review

When I first read Lament, I was left wanting to learn more about one character in particular- James. I love your writing, I love your ideas, I love your books. Though this can be read as a standalone novel, I would recommend reading Lament: I thought she was good for him.

I enjoyed the new voices and James is Hilarious! Videos About This Book. The book differs from Lament, though, as it’s more of a character study interspersed with events that show us the depths of struggle that James experiences. They are in too much pain and it is hard to see outside that cage.

Never having that full year to miss there voices. You’re just not alternating between loving the story and hating the author for ending it badly. Feminism takes a small step back.

I’m addicted to this world and only hope she graces us with more to come! James fans will love this book, as boy is he back with a bang. I like my characters feisty; The tender tease of Dee and Luke in the background through out this magige made the ache come back as I flipped ballwd the pages. Jun 24, Katieb MundieMoms rated it liked it Shelves: I’ll agree that Nuala was, in some ways, underdeveloped.

I really liked that most of the book came from James’s point of view and the other point of view was from Nuala.