Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
Deirdre Monaghan thought her life was frightfully ordinary before she started seeing strange shadows in the corners of her bedroom and scores of four-leaf clovers began appearing amongst her possessions. Strangest of all is Luke, the handsome stranger who seems to know something awful about these odd occurrences. Deirdre soon learns she has attracted the attention of the jealous Faery Queen and the consequences will not only be extraordinary, but possibly deadly.
Lament is a romance of rare quality. It does fall into the subgenre of Girl-is-Mysteriously-Attracted-to-Mysterious-Boy, but Stiefvater deftly avoids the clichés and pitfalls that plague lesser books. Lament is beautifully written with a great sense of humor that distinguishes it from other fantasy novels.
Ballad, the sequel to Lament, is also available for checkout at Lake Bluff Library. Readers who like Lament might also enjoy Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (see my review here), Tithe by Holly Black, and Stardust by Neil Gaiman.
Pros: Well-written, funny, and original novel that avoids clichés.
Review by Martha