‘Blue Lily, Lily Blue’ by Maggie Stiefvater is a wonder.
Synopsis: Blue’s mother has gone into Cabeswater on a mission and her safety is not guaranteed. Glendower is closer than ever before but there are many questions Gansey must answer for himself. Ronan must show restraint in vengeance. Adam learns the depth of this connections. Noah is unstable. All of these components on their own pose difficult but combined they also become increasingly urgent.
I’m going to keep this review short because I don’t think I’ve mentally and emotionally processed it yet. This book was more about Blue with Adam coming in for a close second. Blue had more page space because she learns something about herself and how she can use this. Adam’s views not only about himself, but others as well, change throughout this book and it’s wonderful to read. His character progression from book one to now is phenomenal. Same to Ronan actually. And Gansey.
I love the translucent relationships. Blue and Gansey for example: There is obviously something there but they do not allow themselves the luxury; they are there and then they are not. Similar to Adam and Ronan except they have yet to acknowledge it to themselves but the shape of it is there. I also just loved the friendships. These characters know how to be there for each other. Ronan helping to look for Blue. Ronan and Gansey turning up for Adam. Adam coming up with that plan for Greenmantle. As a group, they drop shit for each other. Love it.
A lot happened in this book due to the fast pacing. For some reason, I feel like more happened in this one than the previous two? I’m not sure how accurate that is. Perhaps it’s because the love bug has finally injected me with it’s Raven devotion. I love this series. It’s just so weird. Like, I don’t fully understand the relationship dynamics of the group but at the same time, I do. This book is one huge conflicted emotional bag of goodies. For a series based on psychic and magical elements, it is refreshingly human. I’m not sure how Stiefvater manages that peculiar balance but it is a definite winner for me.
I loved it. I anticipated this to be a longer read due to the schedule that comes with being a mother but I literally flew through it. I’m not sure how I managed it, perhaps I mentally entered Cabeswater and time didn’t matter to me? This book is beautiful and I want more.
“Desire and dread lay right next to each other in his heart, each sharpening the other.”
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