Friday, March 13, 2015

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven Cycle #3
Published October 21st 2014 by Scholastic Press

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.
Blue Lily Lily Blue is clearly a book I should have read the moment it came out.You guys knew it, hell, even I knew it but sometimes, I can't help myself from resisting a deeply-anticipated book. Why? Well to postpone it's inevitable end, of course!  I knew my feels would take a beating with this one and that afterwards I,d have to suffer waiting for the next book.  So, I held off...until I couldn't wait any longer. The book was calling to me and I answered it's call.  I read through it in a few short sittings with my heart in my throat the entire time.  And now it's over. And I want to cry/find a TARDIS and make it September already!

Blue Lily, Lily Blue might just be the most gorgeously written book of the series so far - which is saying an awful lot because this series is one of the most stunningly written series I've ever come across.  But this installment man...this one was almost poetic.  It was like reading a work of art.  The pacing was perfectly done, and every.single.moment. was given the time and attention it deserved. And when it comes to The Raven Cycle, that applies to ALL of the moments.  I was able to seamlessly slip back into this world as though I had never left it  and bask in it's glorious, dream-like quality for the duration.  These books have always been more about the journey than the destination but at the same time, there's always that constant sense that you are building towards something veeerrry important.  The pieces of the plot are being expertly positioned towards the inevitable end *sniff* excuse me while I cry into my pillow. *sobs* (I NEVER want this to end!!)

So, Blue Lily, Lily Blue might have our beloved Blue's name right there in the title, but as always, this book gives attention to all of it's beloved characters.  Admitedelly, Blue is a little bit more front and center than she was the last time around, if only because she finally gets to know herself a little bit better in this book.  While becoming more all the more mysterious for it.  And the same can be said for Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah.  We may have felt like we were pretty familiar with the crew at this point, but the diabolical temptress that is author Maggie Stiefvater showed us that she still had a few surprises up her sleeve.  Even the characters themselves, who have been the best of friends for ever, came to the collective realisations that they might not know each other as well as they had once thought.  Adam seems to have come the furthest out of the group at first glance, for obvious reasons *cough* Cabeswater *cough*, but Ronan, ever the enigma, has still more secrets that he's keeping for himself.  And then there's Gansey, who reveals hidden insecurities beneath his cool and kingly exterior.  Even Noah managed to surprise me - and creep me the hell out in the process.  o.O

With the series drawing ever closer to it's inevitable conclusion, Blue Lily, Lily Blue sets the tone for the upcoming ending wonderfully.  I feel more in love with the boys and Blue than I ever did before - and believe me, I was already head-over-heels going in.  The mystery-factor is at an all-time high, the magic woven through these pages is so much more at the forefront than it's ever been, so I'm bracing myself for one EPIC finale.  This series has earned a spot on my all-time favorites shelf since the very first book, but my love for these books just keeps growing with every new installment!  I'm equal parts dying to read The Raven King and terrified to see it end.  No doubt our feels will be shattered beyond repair.  *gets in line and waits for the soul-crushing to begin*

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

14 comments:

  1. YES a billion times over to everything you said in your review!!!! This series just continues to astonish, even when you think it can't possibly become any more perfect than it already is. But it somehow DOES become even more perfect with each book! Sometimes I can't process the brilliance of it all, especially the prose and the relationships between the characters. I am right there with you, just waiting until September to have my soul pulverized into oblivion! Seriously, I'm not sure if recovery from The Raven King will be possible....

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    1. I seriously have not been able to shake my feels yet, even days after finishing, I find myself lying in bed at night thinking about what happened in this one and what might happen in Raven King. The books DO get more perfect with each installment but, the first one was ALREADY perfection. My mind cannot process all of the awesome! September WILL destroy us, because we'll get both The Raven King AND Queen of Shadows. Gah!

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  2. Sums up this series perfectly! You're so right about each moment getting the time and attention it deserves, and the characters are all just so endearing and I want to hug them all and heal all their brokenness. *cries*

    - Kritika @ Snowflakes & Spider Silk

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    1. YES I totally second wanting to hug them and soothe all the brokenness away *sobs* I love ALL of these characters so much, it hurts sometimes ♥ Maggie Stiefvater is a goddess!

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  3. Wow, wonderful review..this series is on my wishlist and yeah I will probably kick myself once i start :)

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    1. Thank you Kim! Oh I hope you get into the series soon :D - and yeah, you probably will kick yourself for waiting once you get into them haha! It's one of my all-time favorite series^^

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  4. The covers are pretty catchy of this series, I actually DNF'ed the first book :/ lol I'm glad you enjoyed it though :) <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. My cousin and fellow blogger actually didn't have much luck with the first one either, so I guess they're not for everyone. But yeah, I adore the series to pieces ♥ You're right though, the covers are amazing! Thanks for stoping by Benish :)

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  5. "Blue Lily, Lily Blue might just be the most gorgeously written book of the series so far." This. I couldn't agree more, the Stiefvater's writing-I can't. Have you read the Scorpio Races by her? So good, one of my favorites. Anyways, I'm also terrified but also excited for the next book, I can't even imagine what is going to happen. Awesome review, Micheline!

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    1. I can't even either Alise^^ Her writing is on a whole other level! Even the simplest of moments were poignant, just because of the ability she has to turn a phrase. I haven't read The Scorpio Races yet - but I own it, so I WILL read it..I'm even more pumped to see it's one of your favorites :D And ditto: Raven King can NOT get here soon enough! Thanks love xx

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  6. Micheline, I haven't even started this series yet, but I will read the first one very soon, as it's part of my #2015HW challenge... I'm so happy you are loving this series, and that the third book was amazing.
    Have a fantastic week :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Ooooh YAY Lexxie, I'm super excited for you LOL! I hope you adore the series as much as I have :D Thanks for stopping by^^ x

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  7. I just KNOW I'm going to feel the same as you, which is why I've been putting this series off as well... I was thinking I would take it up just before the last one is about to come out and read them all in one go - unless that isn't a good idea because my heart won't be able to take so many feels at once then?!

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    1. Gah! I can NOT wait for you to read this series Aylee!!! It's easily one of my all-time favorites. But yes, I think reading them all back to back sounds like a fabulous idea. You may very well drown in feels afterwards, but it'll totally be worth it ♥♥♥♥

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