Written by: Maggie Stiefvater
Published by: Scholastic Press
Release date: October 21st 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Borrowed from a friend
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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.
Adam understood, then, that Gansey and Blue’s awe changed this place. Ronan and Adam may have seen this place as magical, but Gansey and Blue’s wonder made it holy. It became a cathedral…
ARC, pg 356
Once you get to the third book in a series, it ends up being really hard to talk about that book without giving things away. The plot has moved on, huge things might have changed, and it’s really easy to let little things slip, even when you’re trying to avoid talking about anything spoilery. So forgive me if this review is a little short on details and heavy on vague feels… but that’s just the way it’s gotta be.
Things get underway pretty quickly in Blue Lily, Lily Blue. The whole… Glendower situation is escalating FAST now, and SO MUCH HAPPENS in this book, it’s frightening. You go into it thinking, Okay, I’m fine, there’s still one more book in this series, I can handle this, and then as things start to explode (I mean… figuratively…), you realize, Oh, no, I really can’t handle this, why is this stuff happening NOW, what is GOING ON I DIDN’T ASK FOR THESE FEELS!!! Except you totally did, so you’re totally fine with them. Except you’re totally not.
And that’s just the plot. That’s not even getting into the characters. Because holy crap, these characters.
I went to one of Maggie’s signings in Seattle a while back, after Dream Thieves came out, and she said something about how (and I could be totally messing up this quote but) about how Gansey was her attempt to create an actual real person — something about contradictions, and putting on different faces in different situations, and things like that. Which she totally nailed, by the way. But to be honest, this is something I find true for all the characters in this series. They’re so complex and real and I really cannot explain how much I adore them.
For a moment, he watched Ronan and tried to imagine that he was a teacher instead of a Ronan. It was impossible. Adam couldn’t decide if it was how he’d shoved up his sleeves or the apocalyptic way he had tied his tie.
ARC, pg 78
Gansey, Blue, Ronan, Adam, and Noah — they all feel so untouchable. I don’t mean they’re unrelatable, but they’re such a unit, and such a force together, that I can’t help but put them in their own little bubble and feel like, when I’m reading, I could never ever be a part of that unit. And that’s what I want, that’s an amazing feeling, because it cements the believability of their friendship and the bond they all share.
…friendship of the unshakeable kind. Friendship you could swear on. That could be busted nearly to breaking and come back stronger than before.
ARC, pg 298
One thing I love about all of them is that we learn about them through each others’ eyes — not our own eyes, not really from some third-person describing them to us, but we learn the most telling things about them as they learn about each other.
…it seemed impossible for all of Ronan to exist in one person. Adam was beginning to realize that he hadn’t known Ronan at all. Or rather, he had known part of him and assumed it was all of him.
ARC, pg 247
They’re put into situations where these big epic things are happening around — and because of — them; and on top of that, they’re dealing with trying to sort out their own lives, which are sometimes even harder and more gut-wrenching. And they are always there for each other. Always. And it’s the kind of “always” that includes when they’re being jerks or making bad decisions or having trouble accepting help. It’s the kind of “always” that makes your chest constrict because it’s completely unconditional and so beautiful.
Maggie Stiefvater makes you believe in magic.
This sounds kind of corny, I know. But for me, it’s 100% true. As a reader, magic is what I look for. And there are so many different types of magic. Not just the magic of ley lines and Welsh kings and dream-forests, though those are definitely important; but also types of magic we all want in our lives, I think. The magic of true friendship, of love, of unshakable loyalty.
But what she didn’t realize about Blue and her boys was that they were all in love 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.
ARC, pg 103