Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater
The Skinny: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. – From Goodreads
BFF?: Blue was still just as hard to form an opinion of as she has been in the last books, but for some reason I really felt more of a connection to her. I don’t know if it was because we saw a little bit of a deeper side to her in this book or because I started connecting with her on some things; she really stood out more in this book. It was almost if I got to peek under the mystery that surrounds her and know her thoughts a little better. I still don’t 100% “get” her but feel like we’ve formed a bond. Which brings me to the other players in this book… I really want to be friends with all of them. Sure, they may put me off at times, make me feel a little nervous or unsure, but this group of friends is one I want to be a part of.
Readability: While this series has at most times been over my head, I felt a little more comfortable with this one. It was just as beautifully written but I think I was more invested in the plot and actions of the book than I have been with the past ones. These books just keep getting better and better!
Crush Level: ???
I know Gansey is the one we’re all supposed to get the vapors over, and I can totally see why we do because he is quite the cutie-patootie… but like I said above, I really want to be friends with this group. And I know Blue has the hots for him so it’s almost like he is hands off. Girl code and all. It’s really rare that I don’t finish a book without developing some crush on a boy, but this is one time I really don’t mind.
I’ve been inside caves a few times in my life – mostly ones that are tourist attractions – but that was when I was much younger. I think now I wouldn’t be able to handle it (thank you claustrophobia) but I do love how caves look. This book has lots of scenes inside caves as Blue and the Boys search for… Glendower (?). I’m still really confused on what they are looking for. Anyway…. Unlike the little caves I’ve been inside, these caves are much more magical and terrifyingly beautiful.
I swear I can’t say “magic” anymore without imitating Neal Patrick Harris. So I’m not going to give anything away here, and I’m not really sure you could call what goes on in this book “magic,” but lemme just say this: shit gets real. I don’t know what kind of “powers” these people have but there were several times while reading that I became a little frightened!
Commencement Speech: I have loved each book in this series in a way that I have no idea how to describe. They have been incredibly beautiful and thought-provoking, but there’s something more to them that has no words to describe it. Man I love books like that.
What set Blue Lily, Lily Blue apart, for me, was that there was so much more going on. I think the past two books, while not info dump books, were tools to set the stage for something bigger and much, much more epic. I think Blue Lily, Lily Blue was the start of something incredibly huge that is going to blow us all away.
Yearbook Quote: None! ARC!
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