Series: The Raven Cycle, #3
Published by Scholastic on 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Other, Love & Romance, Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal
Reading Challenges: 2016 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge
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The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.
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.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the third book in Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle. It picks up a few months after Blue’s mother disappeared, and finds the teens on the haunt for Maura. Not only that, but more and more people have come to town in search of the Ley lines and the Greywaren. Now, not only does the gang have to find Maura and Glendower, but they have to fend off other threats and hunters.
I thought The Dream Thieves was my favorite book in the series, but that was before I read Blue Lily. This book was awesome! The guys are all about to graduate high school, and pondering their futures. Not only that, but new alliances change the group’s dynamics. Just when they should feel closer, the gang begins to drift apart. As Blue’s feelings for Gansey become more apparent, the desire for her curse to be wrong grows, and Blue begins to contemplate if maybe she’s wrong about Gansey’s fate. At first I wasn’t sure I was a fan of Blue and Gansey coming together, but now I am. Their forbidden love is heartbreaking, and juxtaposes nicely with the other possible burgeoning romance in the series.
Readers get more inside information into the inner workings of 300 Fox Way, as well as into Adam’s life. Adam isn’t my favorite character in the series, but I enjoyed his development in the novel. I also throughly enjoyed him being partnered up with Ronan. They’ve always have had a combative relationship, but Adam’s transformation is causing him to view Ronan in a different light. It will be interesting to see how their connection develops in the last novel. I have my own wish for these two, but I guess I’ll have to wait and see.
Another aspect of the story I loved was how the stakes for the guys seems to be getting deadlier. As Stiefvater prepares readers for the final installment, I’m left wondering if everyone will make it out of this alive. Bullets are flying, people are dying, and killers abound. This series has taken so many twists and turns, that I can’t wait for the final novel’s, The Raven King, release. I’m hoping for a happily ever after, but I won’t hold my breath.