Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Published October 21st, 2014 by Scholastic Press.
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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)
Read my review of The Raven Boys.
Read my review of The Dream Thieves.
My reading experience in a nutshell: adored The Raven Boys, let down by The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue knocked it out of the park. I didn’t know how I would feel after reading The Dream Thieves and I have to admit I was nervous. I was singing Stiefvater’s praises long and hard to anyone and everyone who would listen before ever reading this series. When I tried The Raven Boys on audiobook and pretty much couldn’t stand it I held out hope that the story was still amazing and lusted after the hardcovers. That was a first for me. Usually, if I try it on one format and I’m not successful I give up. Thank heavens I didn’t in this case.
So as I have already said Blue Lily, Lily Blue was awesome. And because I was late jumping on the bandwagon I only have to wait days instead of years for the fourth and final book of the series. That was all part of my master plan. I’m so smart!
Everything I loved about The Raven Boys returned in Blue Lily, Lily Blue.
These characters have become my friends. I feel like they are real people and I can’t wait to see what they are up to in The Raven King. The character growth was huge. I loved that the focus was back to Blue and Gansey. Don’t get me wrong I love Ronan too. I just couldn’t get over the heavy focus on his character and back story in the previous novel. Now that I felt like the gang was all back together and Gansey had “control” over his posse I was pleased. The setting soared to new heights creating the perfect backdrop of rural VA for my friends to do their bidding. I may or may not have planned some backroad road trips for this past weekend and next weekend. If I run into Blue or any of The Raven Boys I’ll tell them you said “hi”.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue was hard-hitting emotionally as well. I believe the mix between fantastic characters, the atmospheric setting and the plot made the story come alive. This is obviously an amazing series. Pick it up if you haven’t already.
Orla wasn’t wrong, of course. But what she didn’t realize about Blue and her boys was that they were all in love with one another. She was no less obsessed with them than they were with her, or one another, analyzing every conversation and gesture, drawing out every joke into a longer and longer running gag, spending each moment either with one another or thinking about when next they would be with one another. Blue was perfectly aware that it was possible to have a friendship that wasn’t all-encompassing, that wasn’t blinding, deafening, maddening, quickening. It was just that now that she’d had this kind, she didn’t want the other.