Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

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Synopsis: 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.

Don’t you love it when books in a already brilliant series just keep getting better?

As the third installment in the Raven Cycle Series, my expectations for this book were astronomically high. I adored the first two, the second one being my favourite, and was curious to know if this book was as good as the others.

It was better.

This book is stunning.

This book series came to me in much the way the Boys came to blue- totally unexpectedly. I read the first book at the beginning of 2014 and the second in mid 2014. I knew there were more books but forgot about them for some weird reason. I am SO glad I stumbled across the existence of this third book.

While taking it slow and purposefully trying to draw out the book, I couldn’t help myself and ended up finishing the second half of the book in a couple of hours one night.

While this book is distinctly more mobile plot wise, it’s a neat culmination of all the character building and world creating that Stiefvater has created in the first two books. If you felt any reservations for Stiefvater’s ability to carve a complex and thrilling mystery it should be totally erased by the skill executed in this book.

This book delivers. Why this series isn’t more well known I have no clue. With main characters so well rounded and equal like Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Blue, it’s hard to pick a favourite. This book however was clearly Blues. While Adam definitely came into his own in this installment Blue was a pleasure and her transformations were stunning. Stiefvater has crafted these characters well and with a practiced ease.

The cover art is gorgeous, the plot fascinating and the reader-character connections strong. You can’t help but love these characters and their flaws.

The plot twists were stunning and definitely caught me by surprise.

The main mystery of the book- the mystery of the three sleepers- is fascinating and highly original. Sticking again to medieval mythology, Stiefvater neatly slides this myth into her previously used mythology. Like Blue and the boys, the reader yearns to understand this mystery and Stiefvater cleverly creates a strong sense of urgency in her audience; we need to work out the riddle and work it out quickly. By the end of the book, though the resolution of the quest to find the three sleepers is complete, there is still unfinished business with the quest and it makes you crave book 4 all the more.

Blue Lily introduces many characters that have been hovering at the periphery for a while, and while we get to meet Mr Gray’s former boss (who quickly became a favourite) we also dance around the unnamed and largely unexplored figure of Blue’s father. To avoid spoilers I’ll stop right here about her father, but I’d just like to warn readers that they may not be satisfied with the outcome. Hopefully that resolves itself in book 4.

This book really develops many of the boys abilities, particularly Ronan and Adam. We come to understand both boys better as they band together to fully understand themselves in an uneasy partnership. Its refreshing that Stiefvater develops and continues to give opportunities to two very nontraditional YA heroes and places a character like Gansey in the stereotypical role for once. This is a series that generally shakes up the typical YA stereotypes and this book is no different. I realise that for some people this is what makes the book unattractive for them. But this is, for me, one of the many reasons I love this series.

Without giving the other books in the series away, i’m sort of limited to what I can discuss here, because I really want people to experience this series with a fresh mind. This is one of those must-read series for me and I’ve got no clue why this series isn’t  popular, this deserves the hype often wrongly placed on other books. But my inner hipster is kind of glad, because surely if it had hype some marketing person would stuff it up.

And boy, what a cliff hanger! Each book in this series contains several cliff hangers from chapter to chapter but Stiefvater always finishes the books with a big one. I’d say this is the most intense one ever. I got tricked into believing on the last couple of pages that there wouldn’t be one. Boy was I wrong. This is definitely a book you need to read to the last sentence. Because the plot points and characters you think are dead, really aren’t.

WILL SOMEONE JUST GIVE ME BOOK 4 ALREADY?!?

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