18 June 2016

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Verdict: Buy

Maybe it was good that the world forgot every lesson, every good and bad memory, every triumph and failure, all of it dying with each generation.  Perhaps this cultural amnesia spared them all.  Perhaps if they remembered everything, hope would die instead.

While not exactly a paragraph that sums up the novel completely, with everything going on in the world these days I found this quote from the novel particularly insightful.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (still not entirely sure what it means, even though it's sung in this novel more than enough times) picks up with The Dream Thieves left off.  Blue and gang are worried about her mother, who has yet to return from his trip "underground" to find her father.  Mr. Gray has his hands full when a new Latin teacher shows up for the Raven boys.  Gansey gets a visit from his older, British partner in crime (who I think is vastly under used in this novel).  And Adam and Ronan continue to be completed, complex characters.  Though there is finally a scene in here where Adam realizes that maybe it isn't weakness to let your friends help you out, and I finally see some true character growth for him.

And while I'm not a big fan of YA romance and love triangles, can I just say that Gansey and Blue are about the most adorkable thing ever in this story?  I feel like this is what teenage "love" actually is, if you take out the curse of if she kisses him, it will kill him.  I'm more interested in how they continue to be awkward around each other, especially with the Adam element, and how they both have secrets and how much should they really reveal to each other and what do they really feel for each other and will their different backgrounds break them apart before the prophecy will even matter?  Fun stuff.

We get the introduction of two new characters - Piper and Colin.  I didn't really like either of them at all, but I think that's more by design than anything else.  Unlike Dream Thieves that was definitely Ronan centered, Blue Lily, Lily Blue branches out for more equality with the story lines.  We have the underlying search for the King, we have Blue and the psychics' search for Maura (aided by Maura), we have the fallout of Mr. Gray's deception from the last novel, we have Ronan dealing with trying to keep his family from completely falling apart, and we have Adam struggling to figure out who he is while coming to terms with his decision to move away from his abusive father.

The characters in this series are complex, and their stories run deep.  While the plot may have felt a little convoluted at times, and while Stiefvater's tendency to make like of her prose to offer comic relief might feel a bit out of place at times with all the different suspenseful aspects of different plot lines falling into place, this series continues to be wholly original and entertaining.  While I've heard the final installment is a bit of a disappointment compared to the rest of the series, I'm still excited for the conclusion.

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