Review

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Paranormal  Age Level: Young Adult Series: The Raven Cycle #4
Genre: Paranormal
Age Level: Young Adult
Series: The Raven Cycle #4

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.

4.5/5

“It was so impossible to live life backward.”

I adored The Raven Boys and loved The Dream Thieves slightly less. Blue Lily, Lily Blue though, is such a beautiful book. From the title to the cover to the writing to the characters to the plot. Beautiful.

The writing draws you in from the from the first paragraph and enthralls you till the last. Stiefvater truly has a way with words that lets them flow organically and originally; words are the magic breathing life into the story.

BLLB is a Blue centric book in the same way that The Raven Boys was Gansey centric and The Dream Theives was Ronan centric. Meaning, the book was still about everyone, just slightly more about Blue. I thought the characters were mature from the start of the series but after seeing them grow so much, it is clear I was wrong. Only now are they truly beginning to mature and become adults, as opposed to the teenagers they were before. Stiefvater, unlike most authors, doesn’t hold her characters to a fixed point in time. Subtly, slowly they grow and mature in a way that is so honest that characters could just as well be real.

Blue, Gansey, Ronan and Adam have such a crazily intense friendship that drawing it out would result into a complex web. A web linking Blue to Gansey, Gansey to Ronan, and Ronan to Adam to the point where they are all a little in love with each other. If their friendship was fractured in The Dream Theives, it’s super charged now to the point where no one is allowed to treat one different from the rest. Their friendship now as dynamic and volatile as all their personalities combined. The question is, though I hate to ask this, how much of it will survive to the end?

Because they are already breaking the rules. They are already falling in love with one above the rest. I loved the hints of romance in the novel and the deep tensions they carried. That almost kiss in particular plus that other relationship that I think may be forming. How will it all end?

The plot is quite simply about the evolution of the quest for Glendower. No longer simply on childish quest to wake Glendower to be granted a wish, they are now slowing down, thinking deeply, and considering their options. Because what will they do when they find Glendower? For Gansey, it’s been his life. Ronan and Adam are impossibly caught up the the magic of Cabeswater and Blue has been part of it all for a very long time, she just didn’t realize it. How will they find a new focus in life? And what will they ask from Glendower? What is to be their one wish? And who will get to make that decision?

The ending was, in a word, crazy. Still not one hundred percent sure exactly what went down but in was magical and mysterious and strange. The epilogue honestly gave me chills and I can’t wait to find out what happens. I really want the next book, but my longing makes be both happy and sad. I’m happy because soon I’ll have closure, sad because then it’ll be over and I’m not sure I’m ready for that.

A stunning, character driven paranormal series. Highly recommended.

Other quotes:

“You can be just friends with people, you know,” Orla said. “I think it’s crazy how you’re in love with all those raven boys.” 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.”

“Humans were so circular; they lived the same slow cycles of joy and misery over and over, never learning. Every lesson in the universe had to be taught billions of times, and it never stuck. Maybe it was good that the world forgot every lesson, every good and bad memory, every triumph and failure, all of it dying with each generation. Perhaps this cultural amnesia spared them all. Perhaps if they remembered everything, hope would die instead.”

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear from you!

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