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.
Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Number of Pages: 391
Publishing Date: Oct. 21st, 2014
This book is most definitely my favorite of The Raven Cycle (so far). The first chapter had me vastly engaged and hooked into the story so quickly, I could barely set the book down. I absolutely loved the plot of this book, the character development was on point, the romance gave me so many fangirl feels, and, now that I’m used to Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style, the writing was so beautiful. I’m so glad that I’ve finally read the majority of this series because the story that this author has developed is exhilarating and I’ve grown attached to all of the characters because they’re each so amazing.
The rest of this review contains spoilers!
While the beginning of the previous book in this series was a bit of a let down, the beginning chapters of this book made me quickly realize that this book was going to be really, really good. And it was. It definitely was.
I loved how there was immediate action in the plot at the beginning of the story. The whole quest to find Maura was really exhilarating and nerve-wracking. I really loved how all of the characters in these books (Blue, Blue’s family, the Raven Boys) worked together to find Maura and to determine what they needed to do next.
The romance in this book was so well-executed, OH MY GOODNESS. If you’ve read my last two reviews, you’d know that I absolutely love Blue and Gansey together, so this book gave me many, many feels. The small actions that they would do, such as touching each other’s hands or calling each other, were so thoughtful and so obviously full of love. I give major props to the author for taking this romance very slowly and letting it develop naturally.
Speaking of romance, Adam and Ronan. Um… YES, PLEASE?! Can this please just… happen…? LIKE, NOW? Because I ship them. A lot.
The ending of this book was such a cliffhanger. NEEVE. Of all people, NEEVE. I honestly got some bad vibes from her a few times in the first book and now, I don’t know, I think there’s more to her story than what anyone knows (yet). I have a feeling that the third sleeping person that they’re not supposed to wake up is Glendower… And if that’s who was woken up at the end of this book, then who knows what could happen next! I’m going to start reading The Raven King as soon as I possibly can!
Blue, as always, was a gem. I loved every chapter that was centered around her (the chapters that revolved around her and Gansey were even better). I loved whenever she would go off on these amazing feminist rants, YES BLUE YES. She’s one of those characters that you constantly root for and can’t help but love.
Gansey, Gansey, Gansey. Oh, how I love Gansey. I think that there was some pretty great character development in this novel. With that being said, Gansey’s character clearly grew a lot. He’s a lot more sensible and careful with his words, and I really appreciate that about his character. I love his character so much and he’s become one of my favorite YA characters! The rest of the Raven Boys, as always, were amazing. I loved how Ronan was a lot less intense in this book and he was so helpful and caring at many points during the story. Noah was a lot more present and I loved that because I love Noah so much! My love for Adam really grew with this novel because I feel like he’s finally finding himself and his character has developed a great deal. That moment when he went to the courthouse to face his father alone? I was A MESS. And then when Ronan and Gansey showed up to support him and help him, OH MY GOODNESS, I was an even bigger mess. All in all, the Raven Boys are some of the best written characters that I’ve ever read about.
I loved Blue’s family in this novel, and the death of Persephone was so heartbreaking. Her character was one of my favorites because she was always so helpful and sweet and GAH, I couldn’t believe she died. I also really loved how we got to see more of the Gray Man and we got a bigger sense of his character and personality.
As always, Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style is very specific and something to get used to. I really loved it in this novel and I found it extremely descriptive, intricate, and beautiful.
Overall, this book was amazing! The plot was great, the characters are amazing, the writing is beautiful, and this entire series is just so addicting. I’m so excited to read the next and final book in this series and, while I’m sad that I’ve finally gotten to the last book, I’m anxious to see how this story is going to conclude.
“Humans were so circular; they lived the same slow cycles of joy and misery over and over, never learning. Every lesson in the universe had to be taught billions of times, and it never stuck.
Maybe it was good that the world forgot every lesson, every good and bad memory, every triumph and failure, all of it dying with each generation. Perhaps this cultural amnesia spared them all. Perhaps if they remembered everything, hope would die instead.”
So, have you read Blue Lily, Lily Blue? What did you think of it? Comment below!