Blue Lily, Lily Blue
(The Raven Cycle #3)
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.
Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is as witty as it is devastating. She once again manages to deliver writing that is not only filled with hidden meanings and clues, but also layered in beautiful prose. The humour is subtle and the snarky comments are never overstated. Even with an omniscient point of view every character has a unique voice.
Adam is so deeply flawed, he is written almost tragically. I am extremely fond of Adam, his work ethic, his ambition, his pride but also his feelings of isolation, self-loathing and low self-worth. That is to say Adam is not a well-rounded good person, I admit I actually disliked him in the second novel, but that is why I love reading about him. His character development throughout this book was staggering, and Maggie Stiefvater writes him brilliantly. Building him up and tearing him down until all I want to do is swath him in blankets and lock him up with a mug of tea until all the scars fade.
Ronan is just as reckless and uncontrollable as always. Ronan reminds me of a caged tiger, ferocious, unpredictable, angry and always on the edge of biting someone’s head off. Ronan is enamoured with Adam, he does not quite know what to make of Adam but he desperately wants to know how to make Adam open up. I am desperately hoping for some semblance of a happy ending for these two.
I actually do not have too much to say about Gansey. He is well loved, easy going and seems to know exactly what he wants out of life. Which is to say Glendower. His loyalty and his faith in his friends and his mission are admirable. However, Gansey seems uninteresting in comparison to the shambles that are Ronan and Adam, until you remember his impending death and all that it entails.
All these amazing characters would not work nearly as well if Maggie Stiefvater did not know how to flawlessly craft eccentric group dynamics. Between the Raven Boys and Blue, the women of Fox Way and the villains, I was torn between laughing and cringing as the relationships evolved and characters shared moments and went through epiphanies. Blue and Gansey’s relationship evolved, battling heavy emotions and their inability for intimacy weighed heavily on them. Even Ronan and Adam’s strange friendship was elaborated upon, complete with the abundance of disagreements that came with it.
Needless to say I really did enjoy the novel, while the plot does grind to almost a complete stop at some points I was too caught up in the characters and writing to really mind.