Overall: 85/100 or B
In this mesmerizing sequel to Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception, music prodigy James Morgan and his best friend, Deirdre, join a private conservatory for musicians. James' musical talent attracts Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. Composing beautiful music together unexpectedly leads to mutual admiration and love. Haunted by fiery visions of death, James realizes that Deirdre and Nuala are being hunted by the Fey and plunges into a soul-scorching battle with the Queen of the Fey to save their lives.
I found Lament to be an interesting read, but I like Ballad so much more. James is amazing and sweet. I love his personality. On the other hand, Dee really annoyed me. She was pining over Lucas and I couldn't understand why James still loved her. Also, I didn't enjoy all of the texts from Dee, because it made her more annoying.
Nuala was pretty cool too and kick ass. I enjoyed her a lot. The plot of Ballad was really original and fun. I enjoyed that it was also well developed most of the time. Stiefvater is a great writer and I can't wait for more books in this series from her in the future. She probably won't be finished till she finishes her Shiver series.