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
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.
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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