Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)

Release Date: October 21, 2014
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher; Scholastic Press
Length; 391 pages

The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

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.



Characters: Once again we join the Raven Boys and Blue, now not only in their search for Glendower, but for Blue's mother Maura as well. I think it's easy to say that this book, much like The Dream Thieves was for Ronan, that this book has more of a focus on Blue as a character,  as she deals with her romantic life, she worries for her mother, and discovery her own special talents. Blue's development, and really the development of all the characters, is done really well. While I think for the most part these characters are pretty much the best versions of themselves they could be, even Adam who luckily no longer gets on my nerves, but still there are small things that each character goes through that strengthens who they are and who they are meant to be.

Romance; Like the other installments in this series, this one also contains fairly little with regards to romance. Blue and Gansey are still trying to figure out their feelings for each other, while also trying to avoid both hurting Adam's feelings and the deadly implications of Blue's curse. One thing that I found very interesting is that after the previous installment, when we find out that Ronan is gay, I saw a lot of people shipping Ronan with Adam, which I wasn't opposed to but I wasn't full on shipping it, but after reading this book, even though there weren't really that many interactions that I would call romantic between the two, I found that I'm staring to really ship them as well.

World-Building; In this ever expanding universe there are always things to explore and discover. Things like the fact that there are three people sleeping under Virginia, and that one should under no circumstance be awoken, or maybe finding out the extent of our magical protagonist's powers (sorry Gansey no magic for you.) Whatever it is there's a lot to find out in this book, and that was just the non-spoilery stuff, imagine what I could have revealed. Every inch of this world is fantastic, and I don't know how she does it but Stiefvater is a world-building phenom, even though there was a lot revealed, not only in this book but previous installments as well, it never seems like she's adding to much or contradicting herself, and the best part of all is I have a feeling there's so much more left to discover.

Predictability: Much like the rest of this series, this book has fantastically woven foreshadowing, that both keeps certain clues locked up until their ready to be revealed, but by the same token having a lot of the smaller things fairly easy to see coming and giving the reader that little sense of accomplishment for knowing where a certain part of the plot is going. Now one of the biggest reveals for me, wasn't really a reveal at all. In fact, it was an, admittedly, poorly supported theory that I had, and so when this theory was revealed to be false, I half expected myself to be a bit miffed that it wasn't true, but I wasn't because there were other things, real revelations that still made it all the more interesting.

Ending; In typical Raven Cycle fashion the ending to this book was a huge WTF, in terms of ranking it I'd say somewhere between the off handed revelation that Ronan took Chainsaw from his dreams in the first book and finding Maura missing in the second book.The final climax of the book, before the effed up epilogue, though was a bit anticlimactic, I was expecting a bigger and more grandiose action sequence, but I realized before it even got to that point that it wasn't going to happen. Was it still entertaining/ Yes, it just wasn't what I was hoping for, though I'm not going to penalize the book or author for it.


Yet another book that I pretty much knew from the beginning I would love. It's sad to think it'll all be over soon, at the same time I need the next book like yesterday, or at least an official cover come on Scholastic!


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