Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater


This was another solid installment in The Raven Cycle, but I found myself not enjoying it quite as much as I enjoyed The Dream Thieves.

Blue's mother is gone, and they are trying to find her. Their first stop: caves. Blue and the Raven Boys are searching underground, the one clue Maura gave them before disappearing, but what they find there just leaves them with more questions--and removes some of the answers they thought they had before.

And not even the tension between Gansey and Blue can be eased, as their lives are on the line once again. Greenmantle has moved to town, the new Latin teacher at Aglionby, and is threatening to ruin every thing that stands in his way. Things continue to be complicated in Henrietta, Virginia, and there is no end in sight.


These guys can never catch a break, it seems. Every time a baddie is defeated, another, stronger one replaces it. However, in this novel, it switched from tackling the bad guy, to finding Blue's mother and actually searching for Glendower. It was finally time for action, and they found plenty of it in the caves. But this novel felt a little bit like filler to me. They aren't making much ground in the search for Glendower, which has me afraid that the last book is going to be too rushed, or that they will never end up finding Glendower, which would make me a little mad. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the continuation of the plot, though it wasn't what I thought it was going to be.


There wasn't a lot of noticable character growth in this novel like their was in The Dream Thieves; this novel just made me love the characters even more. My hatred for Adam has lessened, to the point of almost nonexistence. But I still don't trust him. The character additions were mostly interesting, but it almost felt that Piper, Greenmantle's wife, was unnecessary villain.


This series should actually be called "The Insurmountable Tension of the Raven Boys" because my ships are desperate, and have not been satisfied for a single second! It's aggravating. But, in the end, very captivating. I wanted the kiss that Blue saw in The Raven Boys to finally happen in this one, but it did not, and I felt like crying. And now, with the added ship of Ronan and Adam, my heart is about to burst. And I would like some of it to be let out.


The writing was fantastic, again. Funny and smart, but beautiful, too. I love the repetition of phrases, with a little variation to make a point. It's gorgeous.

I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE FINAL BOOK!!! I just know it's going to be amazing, and I need to know how it all ends.

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