Published: October 21st 2014 by Scholastic Press
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Source: Overdrive Audiobooks
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Magical Realism
Synopsis: 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.
WARNING: SPOILERS FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS.
Spoiler Free Review:
Ahem. So things got a lot weirder. Just when I asked myself, “Can this series get any weirder?” The answer to that is yes. Yes it can. I think the third book has become my favorite of the series. This installment was full of the wonderful character dynamics, annoying psychopathic antagonists, the strange and confusing plot, angst, everything you need in a good story.
The writing still has the same whimsical tone and I loved it all the same. I happened to notice a lot more singing in this book. Particularly the murder squash song. I don’t care how annoying it may seem, it’s freaking hilarious. I really want the murder squash shirt. I mean, come on Ronan and I would be twinning. What more could I ask for?
Since Cabeswater has returned, majority of the plot centered around the magical forest and finding Maura. There were definitely times where I had no clue what was going on and had to go back a few minutes. I think whether you’re listening to the audiobook or reading it yourself, the plot is bound to confuse you. Nonetheless, there were some huge plot revelations, so I was overall satisfied to get some questions answered.
Adam & Ronan: Both Adam and Ronan went through some great character development. Adam really stepped up, swallowed his pride and matured. He began to appreciate Gansey’s generosity and realized it was friendship and not pity. On top of that, he’s now a magician and Cabeswater’s “eyes and ears.” Not gonna lie, his powers are pretty confusing but otherwise cool. The more the magical they become, the better. Ronan matured as well, showed more of his kind side. Sang the murder squash song. I also really enjoyed his and Adam’s friendship develop. There was a lot of foreshadow and I’m super excited on what’s to come. 😉
Gansey & Blue: So Gansey was just Gansey. There was a bit of a peek into more of his vulnerable side which was interesting. Learned more about his past. I wouldn’t say Gansey is my favorite, but I do really like him. Especially Scholarly Gansey. As for Blue, she was a lot more angrier, due to her mother’s disappearance. Very angsty, kind of like Harry from The Order of the Phoenix. She was still her usual spunky and sassy self and I loved her all the same.
Other Characters: Noah was pretty creepy. I felt there wasn’t much of him and when he did show up, he was very spooky. Felt bad for my favorite ghost. I really enjoyed Calla and The Grayman. Calla became more motherly towards Blue, since her mother was gone and I really appreciated her a lot more. I also love The Grayman/Mr. Gray. I never knew I would come to like a hitman, but he’s so nice and selfless and wonderful. Really proved himself as a great character. There was also a perspective from Greenmantle whom I hate. I’ll admit Will Patton did a great job at his voice, but other than that, he was a coward.
Overall, Blue Lily, Lily Blue was another strangely wonderful installment to the series. I have a feeling The Raven King will kill me a little, but hopefully it’ll live up to the series. 🙂