Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

The Raven Cycle is a series that once you are in, you get hooked. So it didn’t matter how much I restrained myself from getting this one too soon before the next and final one coming in May, in the end I caved and got this. I knew I would regret it, but not so much. Blue Lily, Lily Blue blueew me away and left me hungry for more. The book starts a month after Maura’s disappearance, and the raven gang is more intent on finding Glendower, since Blue’s mother kind of went in the same place to look for Artemus (Blue’s father), the ley lines. The ley lines themselves are a dangerous place, along with Cabeswater, which is more like a ferocious puppy that is barely under control.

Each of the gang’s lives is intertwined with Cabeswater. Adam is it eyes and hands, and he has been learning how to better listen to it, but there is also an underlying layer of fear of the power of Cabeswater. His childhood has made it difficult for him to accept kindness, and we see big character growth for him in this installment. He is also aware of Ronan’s feelings for him, which makes me eager for how that will be resolved in the next. Ronan, meanwhile, comes out with his secret – the one that was right under our noses, but we didn’t see. That secret drives me to delve more into his Greywaren powers, because he can’t see that his creations suffer the same fate as Aurora.

On the Blue and Gansey front, they are still continuing with the facade of hiding their feelings in front of others. Blue’s fear of her curse, as well as the prophecy about Gansey doesn’t make for a stable romance, but the moments between them are genuine and fraught with tension. I was afraid she might lose her personality in the relationship, but my fears were irrational. If anything, she is more fierce now that the stakes are higher, and she is practically a force of nature. She also discovers the truth about her ‘powers’ and her name, and I must say, that was a delicious reveal. Persephone and Calla have been hiding a lot of things, or perhaps they didn’t know the whole truth?

Noah continues his dead boy existence, and it’s cute how he fits so well with them. There are three new characters introduced, Gwenllian, Colin & Piper Greenmantle, and each of them are hilariously crazy. The things about the dichotomy of good and evil in the Raven Cycle is that it doesn’t truly exist. It’s just gradations over the spectrum, and honestly I couldn’t even pinpoint who is the true antagonist, except perhaps Neeve (yeah, she is totes evil). Overall, the relationships between the characters drives the plot majorly, and how splendidly they are rendered. You have the raven gang, practically a close knit family, with Gansey’s fatherlike concern over Ronan, Blue and Ronan being the squabling siblings, Noah and Blue being adorable, Ronan and Adam being the dynamic dream duo and saving the day. Just about everything in this series is perfect!

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