Ballad Review

Thursday, January 14, 2010

First of all...51 followers?! Thank you so much, everyone! It seems like just yesterday I had two followers on a good day. Book bloggers are simply excellent, if I do say so myself, and I do!

Ok, onto my review of Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater.

In this mesmerizing sequel to Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception, music prodigy James Morgan and his best friend, Deirdre, join a private conservatory for musicians. James' musical talent attracts Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. Composing beautiful music together unexpectedly leads to mutual admiration and love. Haunted by fiery visions of death, James realizes that Deirdre and Nuala are being hunted by the Fey and plunges into a soul-scorching battle with the Queen of the Fey to save their lives. Taken from GoodReads.

Set at a prestigious music academy, Ballad follows James, his best friend and love interest, Dee, and Nuala. James is in love with Dee, though she's plagued with thoughts of Luke and can't seem to to shake them. Nuala is attracted to James, but when he shoots her down, it only intensifies her desire to inspire and have him as her own. She takes risks to get to know him more, which is something she isn't used to feeling. Part human and part faerie, Nuala is stuck in an impossible situation when the war between the faeries and the humans becomes all too real. She is forced to decide her place and how it will impact everyone around her, especially James.

This! Maggie Stiefvater has outdone herself! The writing in this book is absolutely brilliant. It's written perfectly - a delicious blend of humour, sarcasm, wit, intense energy, and tons of action. Absolutely brilliant! I'm not one to give out tons of perfect reviews because I am so picky, but I have to give this a definite 5 out of 5. Here's to hoping for yet another sequel!

Favourite Quote: "M'Dear," I said cordially, "Your butt's blocking my bumper. Do you think you could move your loitering five feet to the south and let me leave?"

Oh...a quick closing note...I have my first contest coming up, so get ready. I promise it will be a good one!


  1. I never read Shiver, but this sounds good. I think I know what to get with my Barnes and Noble gift card now :)

  2. This sounds really good. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I definitely plan to.

  3. First Congrats on your followers I am proud to be one!

    Second, I TOTALLY agree with you Maggie is an amazing writer - I have loved all of her books - Shiver, Ballad and Lament - awesome review!

    I also agree, another book in the series would be such fun! :)

  4. Congrats for the followers..

    I have just read her Shiver.. I plan to read Lament soon. Nice review

  5. Congrats on your followers!

    It sounds really good especially since it's James telling the story, who was my favorite in Lament. Love the quote, so funny!

  6. Sounds very awesome and giving it 5 out of 5..WOW! :)

  7. I loved the way you described this novel! It sounds terrific, and I thoroughly enjoyed Shiver.

    Congrats on having 51 followers!

  8. A. Congrats! You deserve it :)
    B. I GOT to read this. I LOVED Lament.
    C. Great review.
    D. Contest? Sa-weet!
    E. Great quote.

  9. Loved this book! My fave of hers though is Shiver. Hands down, one of my favoritest books ever. Glad you liked it!

  10. Aw, congrats on 51 followers! many more will come ;)

    Ooh, Maggie Stiefvater. I haven't read anything of hers yet...unfortunately. :( I'm excited to, though! The quote you chose is funny :D

  11. Congratulations :x I'm having 2 followers, so I hope I'll get 51 tomorrow, LOL. Nice review, I'll get this one AFTER I've finished Shiver & Lament. Anyway, you've just been awarded with the Honest Scrap Award :x:x:x

  12. i've seen this around the blogosphere a lot and with good reviews. i'm tempted to read it but i should probably start with fist book lament. thanks for the review!


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