Monday, November 24, 2014

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the third book in The Raven Cycle, a quartet of YA contemporary fantasy, by Maggie Stiefvater.

Being that they are stunning books that are highly serialized, I urge you to read the books in order. You can read my review of The Raven Boys here and The Dream Thieves here.

Being in a family of gifted females – gifted meaning clairvoyants, psychics and other type of weirdness – as well as having her own ability of increasing others’ power by her presence, Blue has always been an outsider.

But then she met her Raven Boys.

Now fully accepted into their exclusive group and part of the quest to find the long lost king Glendower amongst the ley lines, her experience in weirdness is coming in handy.

Things are not rainbows and sunshine, however.

Her mother has disappeared – and Blue doesn’t know whether to be angry or worried.

Dangerous people have tracked down Blue and her Raven Boys – people that are getting too close to following their footsteps to Glendower.

Their quest seems to be becoming an increasing risk to their lives.

Plus there’s the ongoing disturbance of knowing that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die…

Blue Lily, Lily Blue is a bit of a tough book to write a synopsis for. There are far too many things going on, really. It’s hard to describe in a short paragraph. Hopefully all of you reading this are already fans of The Raven Cycle!

As I started Blue Lily, Lily Blue – I was initially confused. I struggled to remember where we left off in The Dream Thieves, since I sadly didn’t have time to re-read it. It didn’t take long for things to come back to me, though.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue and the entire Raven Cycle is, in my opinion, very, very accessible to older readers. These are mature, brainy, sophisticated books with characters that are psychologically fascinating, a setting that is superbly atmospheric and a plot that is uniquely supernatural.

Really I have become a Maggie Stiefvater superfan! Her writing is so elegant, unassuming yet undeniably powerful. She sweeps me away with these novels and creates a story that is mesmerizing, suspenseful, creepy and always, ALWAYS new.

Blue is an awesome heroine – reminding me of some other recent favorites, such as Kami in the Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan and Madeline in The Colors of Madeline by Jaclyn Moriarty. Witty, quirky, compassionate but tough and principled.

Steifvater has created a full cast of three-dimensional, layered characters and an incredibly magical, dark storyline that is truly captivating.

All I can say is that I hope the wait for the final book is not long!!!

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