Published: October 21st 2014 by Scholastic
Format: Hardcover, 391 pages
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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.
Reading The Raven Cycle is painful. But it’s a beautiful kind of pain that I, and many other readers, keep going back for. The lush world building, intriguing characters, and superb plotting suck people in and refuse to let them go. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is a masterpiece. It’s brilliant, evocative, vivid, and, above all, magical.
Blue Sargent and her Raven Boys are now well and truly in the thick of it – exploring the awakened key line and ever closer to uncovering the secret of Glendower. They, all five of them, have changed remarkably since we met then in The Raven Boys. Theirs has been a journey of discovery, not only of secrets long buried and magics best left alone, but of themselves and each other. Although Adam seems the most other at this point, I actually found all four of the Raven Boys difficult to understand in this book. Which, I suspect, was the entire point. Blue comes a long way towards understanding herself and what she is.
My favourite characters are Ronan, Blue, Gansey, and Mr. Gray. This book introduces us to Colin Greenmantle, erstwhile employer of the aforementioned Mr. Gray (he’s one creepy dude, and so is his wife, Piper), and much mentioned Dr Roger Malory (who still refers to Blue as Jane). I liked getting to know them better.
The world-building is again superb. Stiefvater has a talent for instilling enchantment and mystery into everything she touches, and even the most mundane things turn magical with her rich prose. She’s one of my favourite writers because of her stylistic quirks – she possess a true mastery of language, rhythm and poetry.
That cliff-hanger at the end, though. Blue Lily, Lily Blue has set us up for an epic, nail-biting, heartbreaking finale.
If you’re not already reading The Raven Cycle, then you are doing yourself a disservice. Read them, and join in the agonising wait for The Raven King.