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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That really added a lot of suspense to the novel and was crucial to the plot. No longer are we focused on Dee, but on her best friend James. I really should try some of her books…for something new…. Oct 11, Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: Maybe it would’ve been easier to believe if we got to see some scenes from her point of view and balllad, the text messages in between most of the abllad does not count but as it was, I just did not understand her motivation, or lack there of.
Uncomfortable, not the way it was before, before Them. Another one xtiefvater Maggie’s novels And Shiver is beautifully written as well, but it’s a different kind of beauty, am I the only one that stiefvster this way?
I get that she was struggling, but that’s never an excuse to treat people badly. What is Sullivan’s story? I understood James’s choice to save Dee towards the end of this book.
Even though James has told Nuala he isn’t interested and to leave him alon Wow, really didn’t care for this one and I’m disappointed.
James’s snarkiness and cockiness are classic there’s just something I like about snarky guys. No one can compare to James. But again, there were wasted opportunities with regards to her family can’t say too stoefvater without spoiling the end which left me feeling a little irritated.
Maggie Stiefvater knows how to string together a sentence. Many of the side characters hold their own. Nuala has been without maaggie human for too long and is intent on claiming James.
At this point I feel like I’m holding my breath with the anticipation of hearing if there will be more books in this series!! Why couldn’t he have narrated the whole book?!? Nuala connected with James in a way that i think nobody, including Dee ever had before. Her narrative claims that he’s unique, super-talented and unusually intelligent never struck me as swagger, because his own voice supports the claims.
Of course, she might be attracted to the piper himself as well. I’ve been looking forward to Linger for four months now, I hope it’s better as far as sequels go. There is very little Dee and what you get of her is a very different side than in the first book.
I’m not quite sure what it is, as I totally recommend it and I can’t wait for the next one!! Nuala was a bit problematic, being a leanan sidhea sort of succubus-muse who latches onto young men with talent and feeds off their life force. I loved that she usually had a retort for the things he said.
They sneak up on you, going, “Hey, I’ve been here this whole time. Ballad is a completely different story than it’s predecessor. Also I so permanently love the way Maggie Stiefvater does faeries! James had a freshness he didn’t have in the first book, while still retaining the sarcastic nature and view on life he has that make him such a unique, enjoyable character.
She knows how to haunt you with a motif.
Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie
Purely because James is a more interesting character then Dee. I was really hoping it was going to truly continue from where Lament left off and finished the story or at least answer some of my questions The one thing I did enjoy was James’ voice.
It had so many moments of wit, sarcasm and charm. Most of the insight into what was going on with Dee was revealed through text messages typed but never sent to James. And what is with all faery queens being physco???
Books by Maggie Stiefvater. I had several problems with this one. I thought she was good for him. If you liked James before, you will love him in Ballad. I think being allowed to get inside his head and heart made me fall even more in love with his character.
Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater – book review
She chooses humans for their musical abilities, and gifts them with exceptional music. A book with lots to like, but enough flaws to make it worth a borrow, not a buy.
Allerdings hoffe ich, dass in Teil 3 Dee wieder die Kurve kriegt, denn in diesem Buch mochte ich sie nicht sonderlich und habe alle Naselang nur gedacht, dass sie doch endlich mit James sprechen soll und diese SMS abschicken soll.
See all 3 questions about Ballad…. Soon, James finds himself torn between right and wrong, friendship and love, and life and death. Preview — Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater. Even though I liked James more, I still think Dee’s story needed a little bit more closure.
Of course, James is too neurotic to really process any of this. I am sorry, Jessi, for stowing Ballad away on my keepers shelf after having set up your hope. This one unfortunately just doesn’t compare. Ballad, which was featuring Deidre, too, in the form of unsent text messages, confirmed my slight dislike of “the cloverhand” and opened my eyes to why Lament and I could not and did not really click.
Whilst this left it open – there is more in store for Sullivan at least, and possibly James he liked death and Sullivan was coming for him at some stageI was quite happy where it closed off, without “hanging” for a sequel that we are not sure will ever come. This was a pretty good sequel! And when she does their brief conversations are hideously awkward, full of meaningless banter and superficial smiles.