31 July 2011

Review: Ballad

What can I tell you that you haven't already heard about Ballad?

It is mesmerizing, fluid, and hypnotizing. Like the lilting ballad in the book, once it started I was like a moth to a flame.

What can I tell you about Maggie's writing that you don't already know?

She manages this amazing balance between lyrical prose and realistic emotions.
2¢ Worth: I finally read Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater. Ballad starts where Lament left off. A slightly broken Dee & James try to start over at a new school only to find the fae battle has followed them there. But the best part of Ballad is James. He is tired of being Dee's lackey and he's not gonna take it anymore. Yay James! The new love interest (Nuala) was a joy to meet and I loved witnessing her transformation. At first I regarded her wearily but slowly (through her true devotion to James) she won me over. The ending was stupendous, had some twists I did not see coming, and left me desperate for more. 5 stars

Whine: My only regret about Ballad is that I waited so long to read it.

Whippersnappers: The keeper of the dead is ultra dark and creepy.

Wrapping: Check out some Ballad international covers at Foreign Cover Friday: Ballad.

Wondering: Have you read Ballad? What did you think? Any word on when the next book is due out?

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42 comments :

  1. I want! Great review, Juju...I haven't read many on this one.

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  2. You make me want to read book 1 :D

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  3. I have seen mixed reviews, I trust your reviews so High Ho it's off to the bookstore I go..

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  4. I love your review JuJu. I just commented at cleverly Linked that I don't usually do faeries but I may have to read more after this review.

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  5. I really love the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, so when I finish, I think I'm going to move onto this series. Do you think it's just as good?

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  6. Now I'm regretting that I haven't read these books yet. I love Stiefvater writing style. The way she puts together words is amazing.

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  7. I haven't read this series but I'm really curious about it. I love a story that has good twists and surprise endings! Must add these to the list:)

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  8. I really enjoyed this series! I havent heard about when the next book will come out though.

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  9. Jenny: Yay! :)

    Missie: OMG yes! She is so gifted.

    Joy: I haven't tried the WoMF series yet. Shame on me.

    BookBelle: I don't normally do faeries either but Maggie has a gift.

    Liz: *giggle* Whoot! I hope you like it.

    Blod: O please do.

    Michelle: Thank you darling.

    Grace: Me neither :-( Maybe I'll write Maggie.

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  10. Love this review. I still haven't read this series, but I keep hearing great things about it. I need to read it!

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  11. I've never read this one...of course. It's the story of my life. Do you know how long the series is supposed to be? Is it a trilogy or perhaps longer? If it is a trilogy, I might just wait till the series is complete to read it.

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  12. Alexis: Good question! I'm not really sure. Maggie hasn't said. I'm assuming it's a trilogy. ;) I'll let you know when I find out.

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  13. i actually haven't read anything by her yet even though i own both lament and shiver.

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  14. Carrie: How funny! I own Shiver but not Lament so I need to buy or borrow Lament so I can start reading that series :)

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  15. You could say all kinds of things about Ballad that I haven't heard before. I don't recall reading any other reviews of it. You've made me very curious.

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  16. eeek, dare i admit. i've still yet to read this one as it sits on my shelf.

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  17. I should probably read both Lament and Ballad since I loved The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. I haven't heard of a third book but hope there's one planned.

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  18. I'm reading that book now. I'm just a couple chapters in.. but excited to pick it up and see how it goes after this great review. I'm excited! Thanks :)

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  19. I love Maggie's Wolves of Mercy Falls series...I must try her fae series someday soon! Great review!

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  20. Jenny N & Little Miss Becky: I feel ya. I have the opposite emotion. I love Lament and Ballad SO much I neeeeed to read Mercy Falls. :)

    Jenna: Welcome Jenna! :) I hope you love it and hope you will stop back by and let me know what you think or link me to your review.

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  21. This looks like a fun series. I hadn't noticed it yet but am going to need to change that!!

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  22. I loved...LOVED...Ballad, its my favorite book from Maggie so far, I think its because I loved James so much. I haven't finished the Mercy Falls novels yet but I think I could seriously re-read this book over and over....

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  23. Gina Hott: :)

    Tina: Me too! It's funny how now I'm rooting more for him then Dee.

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  24. I'm not going to lie, I've had this book sitting on my shelf for a long time...I'm glad to see you enjoyed it so much though. I'll have to bump it up in my TBR pile! :)

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  25. You had me at "mesmerizing, fluid, and hypnotizing"! Will be adding this to my must-read list.

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  26. YA: *smile* I'm glad I sparked a bump up :)

    Midnight: Yay!

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  27. I haven't read Ballad yet. I'm still waiting for it to get cheap in the secondhand market :)

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  28. lol I love reading you five star reviews! Your vibrant personality always shines through!

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  29. Cherry: I feel ya ;) I do that alllllot.

    Tipsy: Why thank you sweet pea ;)

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  30. I have this one waiting for me but have not started it yet. I've gotta be in the mood for a Maggie book!

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  31. Hi Juju! Thank you SO much for dropping by at my blog. It's been a few days? Or a week? Sorry for the late reply! I'm in Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3192508-precious

    I love your review - short and easy to read! I still need to read Ballad and Lament! Maggie is one of my fave authors!

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  32. Precious: No problem! And than you for stopping by! I'm off to befriend you on GR.

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  33. Awesome review! I actually haven't read this one. I'm not sure why that is since I liked the first book.

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  34. Ooooh, fantastic review, Juju! I have to admit that I've been extremely curious about Lament and Ballad for the longest time. Of course I loved Maggie's The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy so I knew that one day I would love to read her Books of Faerie. Your review just solidify that I need to get this soon. Well, Lament first hehe. Thanks, Juju :].

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  35. Bere: Thanks :) Can you believe I haven't tried WoMF yet?

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  36. Wow! What a fantastic review! To be honest this one totally slipped under my radar, perhaps I have too much on my plate (you think?). With such a raving review though I may need to pick this one up, but I might wait until the next book is due out.

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  37. Danielle Angel: Thanks darling :) And yes that sounds like a great idea. I'm itching for the next book. :)

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