Thursday, February 18, 2016

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle, Book Three
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: 21 October 2014
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository | Dymocks Australia

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.
(summary from Goodreads)

Stiefvater ups the ante in this magnificent series and there is definitely no stopping the love now!

I just want all the magic and wonder of The Raven Cycle to be real! Seriously, what I would do to visit Cabeswater! But hey, probably not what some in these books have done. The price to pay to find Glendower keeps getting higher and I was already terrified after The Dream Thieves - now I can't even guess at how I'm going to feel after The Raven King. I can't describe just how badly I want to read the end of this series and yet how I never want it to end because that possible end has me all torn up. The Dream Thieves is still my favourite so far, but Blue Lily, Lily Blue is an epic continuation of this awesome series, teasing some new tidbits and solidifying some old. The writing and tone is just as gorgeous and emotional as we've come to expect while the intrigue and tension sparks to a whole new level. Stiefvater has this balance in Blue Lily, Lily Blue that kind of blows me away. Everything is so high stakes, the intensity as cutting as ever, and yet there's also an element of 'life as usual'. I would think that should slow things right down, maybe even frustrate me some, but I like it. I think it's because it enhances the fantasy elements. Those things aren't normal and should standout against the commonplace. And the everyday should have meaning alongside the magical. It makes everything throughout Blue Lily, Lily Blue count, no matter how small.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue once again alternates between Gansey, Blue and Adam's points of view, as well as our new villain, Greenmantle. I really, really like how Stiefvater does this and with certain revelations by the end of this book, The Raven King is set up to have an incredibly interesting point of view narration. I can't wait. Greenmantle, Mr Gray's ex-employer, was suitably creepy. He wasn't at all what I was expecting from The Dream Thieves. There's a humorous and sexualised tone to Greenmantle's villainy that I found truly disturbing. But twists abound in Blue Lily, Lily Blue! Stiefvater is really running the gamut on very different villainous personalities. Stiefvater also introduced us to some new characters that are surely going to be big players in the final book, and for that reason I'm keeping Mum about them. Seriously, if you haven't yet, read this series. Or wait until April, because I guarantee you'll want to read The Raven King right away too. Blue Lily, Lily Blue introduced us to Malory in the flesh, and I liked that. He's a funny fellow, and the insight he provided into Gansey is something I've been waiting for. Actually, I got what I'd been waiting for in regard to both Gansey and Blue. I feel much more connected to them as characters after Blue Lily, Lily Blue. There's more vulnerability displayed, by both of them, and I'm a squealing, flailing pre-teen over their burgeoning romance. I love, love, love it and I want more and I am so, so, so afraid of The Raven King. Miracle of miracles, this book finally has me loving Adam too...well, getting there. His having to face his father finally had him on his way to seeing the light and the moment it happened I'm pretty sure I shouted "Hallelujah!" Really, it is about freaking time. Do not let me down, Adam! Plus, I'm shipping Adam/Ronan in a major, major way. I look back at the previous books and I wonder how I didn't see it! Every moment between the two of them also had me reacting in a hyperactive manner. It's great. Unfortunately no Ronan point of view this time around and I missed him. He's definitely my favourite character, everything about him captivates me. There was also little of Noah again, but again, it's not exactly a bad thing. Noah is so connected to everything I can't help but still worry about the purpose of him being so there but not there. Oh, Ms Stiefvater. What are you doing to do in The Raven King?

Blue Lily, Lily Blue is everything I've come to love about this series. It's certainly rocketed up to one of my favourite series of all time.



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