The new book from one of my favorite series!
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Release date: 21st of October 2014
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, YA
Published by: Scholastic Press
Pages: 389 in paperback format
Source: Bought from the Bookdepository.com
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.
This is a wonderful series. It’s mysterious, magical, compelling, oddly beautiful, wickedly serene and so sneakily addictive. It simply draws you in and has you so invested in the plot and characters that you simply cannot let go. This is already the third book and the quality of the writing, plot and character development is stable, steadily and calmly upping its game with every chapter. It feels like a climb to a secretive and cloaked mountain with too many handicaps to count, the stakes rising and the situation getting more dire by the second and you have no idea what will happen at the top, but the predictions aren’t promising anything joyous, it’s the opposite, yet you hope with all your might that there is a miracle, but deep inside you know there probably isn’t… but you still hope and keep going! This is how much I’m rooting for the inevitable to not happen and how impatient I’m to get to the end of the journey.
I think this book excelled with character development. Some of it was so incredibly subtle and if you blink you might miss it, but the impact and messages those instances made were huge. I found Adam somewhat of a bother in the previous books with his martyr syndrome and lone boy don’t-accept-anything-from-anyone-act, but my fondness for him tripled when this icy, aloof and set in stone mentality, exterior and attitude showed clear signs of change to the be more open and acceptive to help from others. I also found myself shipping him and Ronan in a platonic way, them combining forces made for a unexpected yet effective team. The small titbits showcasing the slightly warming relationship between Ronan and Blue were also a delight, though I’m glad that they haven’t lost the snark when interacting with each other. The biggest progress or change in the way I viewed him I think belongs to Gansey. I adore him as a character, he’s so geekily charming and boyishly gallant and I’m happy that we got to see some cracks in this persona, which only managed to make him more appealing and human.
I think the romance in this series is phenomenal, so bittersweet and sexy without there even being any real contact. I never thought touching fingers can turn me to mush like this. This is how you write satisfying all-consuming romance, a brilliant slow burn and no insta love nastiness here. The tension and electricity between Blue and Gansey is so real, painful, beautiful and shrouded with tragedy, yet you hope against hope that there is some kind of loophole, because my delicate sensibilities can’t live through a miserable end, especially since there is no actual relationship in the first place, just a lot of emotion and pining and harsh reality. Well, I’m quite sure there will eventually be a kiss, but everyone who knows the series is aware on how that will end.
There were some colourful and intriguing characters introduced in this instalment and I’m not quite sure what their roles will be, but I’m anticipating huge things or at least some significant twists with a couple of them. We also get to find out some info about Blue’s father, but he still remains totally enigmatic to me.
In regards to the whole plot of Gabeswater, nothing really happens or at least there weren’t any major steps forward, there were some interesting revelations and lots of exploring caves, but nothing huge to push the story forward in a ground-breaking way. Or maybe I couldn’t really grasp or interpret all the details in the ways they should have been. The ending, while again a cliff-hanger, wasn’t as shocking and the previous ones, but it again manages to get me quite excited for the final book, as if I wasn’t already.
A brilliant series, which simply feels different, memorable and special. I continue to love the distinct characters, the intriguing relationships and the whole mystery of the quest to find the sleepers. If you haven’t started the series yet, then it is your duty to at least give it a try!