Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Genre: YA, fantasy, mystery, supernatural
Published on October 21, 2014
Published by Scholastic Press
Pages: 391
Read From: 10.27.14 - 11.1.14

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.


Cover Blurb: Yes or No? I love, love, looooooove the cover art! Maggie Stiefvater, please sell some of your art! You are a brilliant artist!!

Characters: What can I say about these characters that I haven't already? Blue continues to be an awesome female protagonist, with lots of spunk and no attitude. Gansey is just an awesomely older-brother type; Ronan is much more relatable now that I know more of his backstory, but I still wouldn't want to be around him. Noah was so incredibly sad and adorable in Blue Lily, Lily Blue; I wanted to wrap him in a blanket. Adam didn't pain me as much as he did in the previous book. There was a lot of character growth with him, as he comes to terms with his new connection to Cabeswater and his role among the Raven Boys. Still love the Gray Man, and Greenmantle - oh my gosh, he was awesome. Suave and deadly and just awesome. His wife, Piper, was a very unexpected character. She wasn't at all what I anticipated.

The Romance: Blue and Gansey continue to like each other, but don't want to hurt Adam's feelings - or destroy the relationship between the Raven Boys. So it's a romance with tension, but it's done very well.

Plot: I'm not even going to try. It's a bit faster-paced than The Dream Thieves was, but it, too, leaves you with a lot of questions and not many answers. I expected no different, and there are some very interesting revelations that totally complicate this already-complicated plot. There are also some awesome twists that I totally did not see coming. I can't say much about the plot because of giving away spoilers for the other two books - and this one. There's a lot of "picking up the pieces" that were left with Book #2, emotion-wise; lots of character development. After the emotional toll the last book took, I was all right with that.

Believability: Not applicable.

Writing Style: Third person, past tense. As always, Maggie Stiefvater's writing style is unique, imaginative, poetic, evocative, and just wonderful.

Content: 25 s-words, 19 f-words

Conclusion: We all know that these books end on a cliffhanger; this one is no different. It isn't a killer cliffhanger like the last two. I can bear the wait for Book #4. But it's still an awesome ending that makes me wish I had Book #4 now. I think The Raven Boys is still my favorite, but Blue Lily, Lily Blue is amazing; an excellent addition to this series. It will not disappoint fans.

Recommended Audience: Girl-and-guy read, nineteen-and-up, fans of unique urban fantasy.

Others in The Raven Cycle:

1)The Raven Boys
2)The Dream Thieves
3)Blue Lily, Lily Blue

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