Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: October 21st 2014 by Scholastic Press
Format: Hardcover, 391 pages
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Warning: This review is basically me fangirling. Help.
Oh. My. God.
I am in love with this series.
This book needed to be longer. I may have given it five stars, but I am completely unsatisfied with the length of book I was presented with in this third installment of The Raven Cycle. I know we get a fourth book, but I don’t feel like waiting. I want more now. And that’s why I was unhappy with the length of Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I want more, dammit, and I don’t want to wait.
How have people managed to wait after this? After that ending? I’m suffering inside and I only have to wait a little over a month! The book is just so good. The series is so good.
Everything else about the book? Fantastic. I’ve been praising the hell out of the series thus far, and I’m not about to stop, because I’m only falling more and more in love with the characters and their journey. I can see a huge, huge book hangover on the horizon, and it already hurts.
Once again, Stiefvater has made me fall in love with all of her characters, all of her settings, everything that comes out of the pages of the book I read. I don’t know how she does it, but oh my god. She’s a wizard. I was never bored reading about one of the characters, I craved seeing some of them more than others (cough, Noah and Ronan, cough), but when I wasn’t presented with a favorite in the chapter I was reading, I was actually okay with that, because I found all of the characters interesting and wanted to read more about them and get inside their head for a little longer. The diversity of the characters is invigorating, and the settings sound beautiful. (I go to Virginia at least once a year, due to having lived in Maryland for half of my life and making friends in the states surrounding it, but the words Stiefvater uses to describe the land is even better than the real thing, sometimes.)
This is a fantastic (I already said that word; I don’t care) addition to an already great series, and if you’ve given up on the first book and decided not to continue, I understand, but you should totally give it another go and read on. I loved the first book, but I’m only falling more and more in love as I go.
Is this what Blue feels like with her Raven boys, I wonder? Because I’m definitely a little (a lot) in love with all of them. And everyone else in the series.
(Thanks for reading! I’m going to go wait in agony for The Raven King now.)