Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: October 21st, 2014
Status: The Raven Cycle #3
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
As a person who didn't really enjoy the first book, I have come a long way. Blue Lily, Lily Blue was a wonderful book to read, that left me feeling impulsive enough to sell all my stuff to get an early copy of the book, and wanting it to end where it was because of my knowledge of what will happen to my beloved Gansey.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue isn't a story about one specific character like The Dream Thieves, nor is it a story that sets up the characters or its world like The Raven Boys-- it's a story of adventure, and delves deeper into the actual quest (and consequences) of trying to wake a magical, sleeping, gift-granting Welsh king.
The synopsis of the book doesn't give too much out, but it does give enough out that it makes sense in the books. It says that Blue's problems have become the Raven Boys' and vice versa, and we do see this throughout the novel.
Unlike the first two books, this book was told by everyone (TDT centered around Ronan, and while TRB did get told by multiple POV, it was mostly told by Blue and Gansey, who set the tone and one of the major plots of the story), and it was nice to see how everyone has grown since the first book.
While we do see a lot of character development with the characters individually and the relationships in the book do change as well. And while it was exciting to see my lovely Blue and Gansey ship in cutesy moments, Ronan slowly telling others what he really feels, and Adam accepting that the world isn't entirely out to get them, it was minor compared to the majority of the story. Their development in this book is crucial, because they seem to be more confident as they get closer to finding Glendower, however, in this novel, we also see a lot of uncertainty that can also spell disaster for them.
***What I liked about this book is the fact that we got to learn about Ronan more, and see him as an entirely different character. His backstory and his emotional connection to his father and dreaming really does bring his character to life. In addition to Ronan's back history and new found abilities, we get to see the other characters in a new life as well.
I found that Adam's character seems more dangerous than Ronan's. I feel like I mentioned this before in the Bookish Book Theories and the review of the first book, but to make myself clear, he is not a trusted character. There are many moments that we sympathize for Adam's character, but there is this wickedness that's tied to his yearning to be like or more than Gansey that makes him scary. Add in the fact that he's tied to Cabbeswater, you have a boarderline villain in the making.
Although book 2 focuses on Ronan, yes, you do see some Jane and Dick moments. I like how their relationship is slowly building, but I don't know how I'm supposed to feel knowing that Gansey is going to die. Yeah, that really puts a damper on my OTP. I don't know how, but Gansey has become one of my newest fictional boyfriends after this book with his charming nerdy/old world-ish personality.
Also, there is a lot of foreshadowing to his end, which scares me a lot, but then again, I have been warned since the summary of the first book. So...
We also have the introduction of the Grey Man, who at first, I thought was a bit random, but I have learned to slowly love. He's a pretty awesome dude, and there is some shipping of him with another character, which I'm totally for since the Dick and Jane thing will obviously not work out.
I don't know how, but this book has become one of my favourite reads this year. The Raven Cycle is a difficult series to grasp the first try, but it's definitely one of the ones that steal your heart.