The Raven Cycle has been one of my Stiefvater favorites since I read The Raven Boys. Stiefvater has such a way of crafting magic and suspense into the everyday life of five teenagers to whom I have grown addicted. Over the course of these three books, I have fallen in love with Blue and the Raven boys, and am so thankful that there are more than three books in this series (something I had originally assumed for some reason). Because this is book three in the series, I am writing the review for readers who have read books one and two. If you haven't read the previous books then much of this won't make sense.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publish Date: October 21st, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
My Bookish Likes: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. (Goodreads)
Again Stiefvater takes the simple town and turns it upside down with magic and intrigue. The one thing I struggle with when writing about this book is that there is SO MUCH to talk about, so much so that I am not for sure where to start. Cabeswater! Magic! Leylines! Love triangles! My heart!
What I will say is that this book felt much darker. Where The Raven Boys danced around subjects Blue Lily, Lily Blue jumps right in. Sometimes so much that I had a hard time keeping up. Cabeswater brings the passion out of people and turns our fab five into people that they themselves hardly recognize. Passage after passage, I kept finding myself reading things that I didn't know I wanted until I realized it could exist. Stiefvater creates a Cabeswater-esque world for the reader to retreat inside.
My Bookish Loves:
In this book the relationship between Noah and Ronan is significantly fleshed out. Let me just say I AM IN LOVE. These two boys stole my heart and made me feel things that I haven't felt for a ship in a long time. Ugly and battered by the cruelties of the world, the boys make a sacrificial bond in order to save their leader Gansey.
Again, Gansey is at the center of this group's solar system--the glue that holds them all together. While everyone has a self-sacrificing love for each other, it almost borders on co-dependency for Gansey. The dynamics between the five characters is fascinating and addicting. This is definitely a series of books that stand alone.
I will be so sad to read the final book next year, but all good things must come to an end. Blue Lily, Lily Blue was everything I wanted for Book 3 of The Raven Cycle. Definitely pick it up. You won't be disappointed.
I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads.