Review on Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater

Here’s my review on Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater..

Publisher: America = Flux, UK = Scholastic
Published: October 8th 2009
Pages: 389
Book: For review
Format: Finished copy, paperback
Contains: Mild violence, mild drug and sex references, mild swearing

When his best friend Dee fell in love with a faerie, James realised she’d never feel the same way about him. 

Trying to escape into music, James finds himself surrounded by more faeries than ever. Before he knows it, James is trapped in a dangerous game. One where the only way to win is to betray the one you love...

James Morgan has an unnatural talent for music. But with his heart still breaking from the final words he and Dee exchanged, James turns bitter and cold. With his sarcasm and jerk-like nature, James feels like the only one who understands him is his bagpipes.

Then Nuala comes along. Arrogant, icy, and mean, they would surely be perfect together. But here's the catch - Nuala's a faerie, here to kill James...

Until they fall in love.

Praise for Ballad:
"Readers of Holly Black's Tithe (2002) or Charles de Lint's The Blue Girl (2004) will enjoy this rich foray into faerie. The book's backdrop, so firmly rooted in Celtic myth, is scary, mysterious, magical, and horrifying."—Booklist

Ballad was breathtaking, I just couldn't put it down. Haunting and magical, this would be the perfect present for someone special this year. However, you'll need to read book 1, Lament, if you want to completely fall in love with this brilliant book.

Therefore, I would rate it a 7/10 and recommend it for ages 13+ .

The faeries are coming...

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