I’m joking. You can talk. I will let you.
I am magnanimous like that. But really, why haven’t you read The Raven Cycle yet?! WHY?! I spend a lot of my blogging time yapping on and on and on about how glorious and sickeningly talented Maggie Stiefvater is. (For instance, here and here.)
Trust me (I’m 86% trustworthy after all) and just go read it.
This is a sort-of review of the 3rd book in the Cycle: Blue Lily Lily Blue.
I say “sort of” because I’m just going to fangirl uselessly. Yes. Yes, I am. Not even sorry. Also, the book is downright beautiful, so I shall photograph it like the
obsessed dutiful bookworm I am.
Basically it made me feel ALL OF THE THINGS.
And my reviews for these kinds of books never adequately sum up how much I love them. So…I LOVE THIS BOOK A LOT OKAY AND YOU SHOULD GO READ IT AND THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN A MAGGIE STIEFVATER BOOK AND I WILL LITERALLY BEG ON MY KNEES FOR THE FINAL BOOK THAT CLIFFHANGER WAS WICKED. GANSEEEEEY.
See? Told you. Useless fangirling.
WAIT DON’T GO! I do have normal, sane words to tell you about this incredible book. Just give me a moment.
I can do this.
I am a huge Maggie Stiefvater fan and basically give all her books 5-stars…so maybe I’m a little biased but Blue Lily Lily Blue was also amazingly fantastical.
I think The Raven Boys (book 1) is still my favourite of the trilogy because it introduced me to these amazing characters. But The Dream Thieves (book 2) broke my heart and Blue Lily Lily Blue just extended my craziness of passionate obsession for this series.
Although, confession time: am I the only one who had trouble remembering the title?
I alternated between Lily Blue Blue Lily and Lily Lily Blue Blue and Blily (which is so much more concise).
So, notable awesome?
– While The Dream Thieves was more about Ronan, Blue Lily is more about Blue.
– Everyone makes great leaps and bounds in character development.
– Ronan will forever break my heart.
– I want to ship ALL THE THINGS. But at the same time I’m very aware that I want everything to stay the same with my Four Raven Boys And One Jane. I want their epic tight-knit group of friendship to be exactly the same. And once people start getting together, that all gets ruined.
– Relating to above, oh, Gansey knows these facts, which is why he won’t admit he likes Blue.
– Also the whole if-she-kisses-her-true-love-she’ll-kill-him is awkward
Book 1 predicted his death. Gansey is going to die. BUT I CAN’T HAVE GANSEY DIE. I’ve been with him for 3 books and I just love him and Blue so much. Plus they’re adorable. They ring each other in the middle of the night and they talk about weird ducks or congress. Never each other. It is the sweetest most adorable relationship of ever.
I love how this book is book is focused on dead Welsh kings and FRIENDSHIP mostly…and then shippable things secondly.
I really love books about friendship, okay?
BLUE: She’s as feisty but calm/sweet as ever. I love how Blue has such a huge personality but she’s serious and not prone to losing her mind over anything. She will not be belittled. She will stand up for herself. She’s such a feminist and doesn’t need a boy to save her. She’s also short. I didn’t actually realise till this book how short she is! BUT IT’S HILARIOUS. There are so many short-jokes.
GANSEY: I love Gansey. He is smooth and calm and he keeps everyone together so well. But he has secrets…like MORE secrets than I thought. For some reason Gansey seemed more boyish than usual.
ADAM: Is finally starting to grow a brain and his whole mantra is “don’t fight with Gansey don’t fight with Blue” and I appreciate that. Adam is tough and strong but he’s so fragile. I liked him a lot better in this book. He and Ronan fight something vicious but they are THERE for each other, which just gives me slight feels. I think still Ronan would stab Adam in the eye But you know, every friendship has their rough patches.
RONAN: I LOVE RONAN SO MUCH HE IS MY FAVOURITE. He is so ferocious and such a giant jerk…but adorable. And so full of secrets. Ronan makes himself so difficult but he really really needs the others. SO BADLY.
NOAH: We’re losing Noah. I am terrified. He’s going a little more crazy as a ghost and I really really really want htem to fix him because I love Noah.
Basically I love everyone. Are you shocked. HAH AH. No you’re not.
I think this is the fastest moving book of the 3 so far! There’s a lot of scenery changes. There’s villainous action. There’s cursed caves and Jesse Dittley and Mallory. The writing is beautiful and…and….
AND I AM SO IN NEED OF BOOK 4 BEFORE I EXPLODE, OKAY???!!
Crazy, yes. Necessary, also yes.
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.
Cait would like to wish you happy New Year. In preparation for NOT writing 2014 all over the place, she’s been drilling herself to say 2015 already! Unfortunately, this backfired. She now is writing 2016. So. Whatever. Want to skip ahead a year? She just finished reading STORMDANCER.