Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: October 21st, 2014
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Friendship, Paranormal, Young Adult
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.
Not long ago I convinced my uni friend/housemate, Tiarni, to write a guest review for us. She’s a pretty big reader who has a lot of trust in me and blindly picks up my recommendations (she’s making a grave mistake, trusting me). One of my recs to her long ago was THE RAVEN BOYS. It didn’t take long for her to get obsessed.
This is her first “proper” review on a blog (and hopefully not the last *cackles*) so please make her feel welcome!
You know when you go to get your headphones out of your bag and they are all tangled and you have to untangle them, and it’s super satisfying when you get that glorious mess in order? That’s what reading BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater is like. But the headphones are snake lollies and every time you untangle one you get to eat it, which is obviously infinitely better.
When I read THE RAVEN BOYS (TRB) I thought it was amazing, then Maggie had to go and top it with THE DREAM THIEVES (TDT) which is packed it WTF moments and creatures that make your skin crawl (I’m looking at you Kavinsky, you creep).
Let’s get this on the table *deep breath* … I loved it – the need to fangirl must be suppressed.
Things are really starting to unfold, and though I wouldn’t say there was necessarily any big plot twists, it was the perfect book to set up for the grand finale of THE RAVEN KING. Things finally began to unfold and stuff has really started to go down, that ending was amazing and it is just leaving me wanting to know more, to finally untangle those headphones/lolly snakes.
Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style can be really odd, in a good way. The vocabulary she uses to describe the world and happenings really suits her characters, all of which tend to be a bit on the weirder side than what is considered the ‘norm’. This has made reading this series much more enjoyable. It feels like you’re more in touch with the universe and it’s as if you really are living vicariously through the characters.
On that note, let’s talk about some characters (aka my character raving will be about 70% of my review)
The characters introduced in BLLB (I’m lazy) are going to make the last book so suspenseful, and I don’t know about anyone else but my body is ready to get to the bottom of everything (all the while crying inside because it is the last book).
The Grey Man…Oh boy that Grey Man. He grew in this book, no doubt he is still a stoic man of little words, but he has really come out of his shell and shows much more emotion than in TDT and I love that development. Something I also immensely love is the growing relationship between him and Blue, two peas in a pod (if you consider one pea a spikey ball in weird clothing, another pea a little ball of metal and the pod a white Mitsubishi Evo with a knife on the side–then yeah, two weird peas and a very weird pod).
Blue and Gansey…I squealed, it needs to happen. So many moments that I can’t even deal with, I so look forward to the next book.
*Takes a minute to calm the fangirl*
Blue and Gansey as characters have really grown, both together and separately. These two in particular I feel Maggie has done a fantastic job at creating two people that are simultaneously believable and unbelievable, which is actually a really refreshing change from some other books.
On a lot of occasions I can really relate to Blue and how she reacts to things, all the while wondering why this girl is wearing that lopsided handmade onesie or whatever it is she wears. Through all of this I really feel she is a very relatable character despite how different we are, making it easy to believe she could walk in my door, offer me yoghurt and be my friend.
This thought of realism can also apply to Gansey, and most of the BLLB family, making you feel as if they could be very real people, which is something that I personally really like about books.
There are some exceptions though I must say. Persephone, The Grey Man and a few that were introduced in BLLB *cough*thenewlatinteacherandhisweirdwife*cough* aren’t people I could say I can picture existing in everyday life. HOWEVER, due to the fact that I know no hitmen or psychics, I could be very, very wrong. So I don’t dwell on it as they are all characters I really enjoy reading about regardless of not being able to relate to them. Maggie is really good at making you feel the feels and I am feeling a lot of Persephone feels right now.
Ronan and Adam…I ship it. My housemate can tell you all about it, she got the brunt of my feels. #sorrynotsorry
Ronan is as snarky as ever and so I really look forward to seeing how he progresses in the next book. I feel he had a lot of development in TDTs so he wasn’t a huge part of BLLB, but there were still many glorious moments that he was a vital component of.
Adam though, that boy goes leaps and bounds up hill and then voluntarily lies down and rolls right on down to the bottom (BLLB ended on his trek back up though so I that’s cool). He is someone I will be watching out for in the next book because I feel like we haven’t had a chance to really see him develop as a character just yet.THE RAVEN KING will be his time to shine.
MY SWEET NOAH YOU POOR SOUL. He needs a long holiday on a beach in Hawaii with the gang and preferably a pulse. Yes…I want that to be a thing.
So all together these characters have grown and they are just so close to their goal and yet so far because everything is so convoluted and I feel things may not go the way we want them too. I really loved this book as it has just opened up so many possibilities for these characters and I am simultaneously excited and terrified.
10 max point recommend this series. You go Glen (Maggie Stiefvater) Coco.