But having griped about endings for a paragraph, I have to say that as with all of this author's books the writing style is simply beautiful and the characters are wonderfully engaging. I can't describe what it is about Stiefvater's style that grabs me so much. It seems somehow different from all of the other YA voices out there even when she's dealing with the familiar themes of growing up, falling in love, and making sacrifices for those who mean the most to us. The plot of Lament evidences shades of Twilight in its dynamics between the main characters (impossible love between creatures of different ages and species), but the setting and context is very different and the writing is transcendent.
Stiefvater herself is an accomplished musician and much of this story revolves around music and the characters' relationship to music. All of the musically oriented passages really shine. It's original and lyrical and engrossing which is why I'm all the more disappointed that there may not be a third book forthcoming. I sorely hope Stiefvater decides to finish the series either before or after she finishes The Raven Boys trilogy.