It has been so long since I read The Dream Thieves that I had to read spoiler reviews of the book so that I could refresh my memory. When I started reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue, I still couldn’t remember what had happened but as kept reading, I remembered and all of the reasons why I love this series came flooding back.
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.
Since Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the third book in the series, it’s very very hard to review it without giving anything away of what happens. At this point, you are so deeply involved with Blue and her friends that there is no going back. You will live and breathe everything that Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah go through and you just want to be part of their world (starts singing The Little Mermaid)
Since it’s been a while since I’ve read The Dream Thieves, I cannot say for definite whether Blue Lily, Lily Blue is better than the previous two. All I know is that I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and that there were so many good parts of the book that just gave me all of the feels.
Ok, so some of the things that I absolutely loved about this book was the character development of Adam and Ronan. They both change ever so subtly, but they change enough for you to realise it and love them even more (I don’t think it was possible for me to love Ronan even more, but I didn’t like Adam that much at the end of the first book or during the second book, so when I realised that I loved his character in this novel, then I was surprised but also happy because I didn’t want to not like one of my beautiful raven boys. During the book, Ronan can still be very harsh and say mean things, but you know that he doesn’t really mean them and that he’s the most precious thing in the world. I want to wrap him up in bubble wrap and just keep him safe.
“YOUR DEAD FRIEND,” Jesse noted, sitting down opposite her at the tiny drop-leaf table. The mirror lay between them, face down.
“That’s not his fault. Why didn’t you say you could see him?”
“I DIDN’T SAY I COULD SEE YOU, EITHER.”
“But I’m not dead,” Blue pointed out.
“BUT YOU ARE PRETTY SHORT.”
– Maggie Stiefvater, Blue Lily, Lily Blue
I also love the character of the Grey Man. I mean, I know he’s done very very bad things *ahem killing Ronan’s dad ahem* but he just seems like such an amazing father figure to Blue and I love how he treats her and Maura, and he’s also become a very valuable member to the team. I just love him.
Whilst The Raven Boys concentrates on all of the characters and The Dream Thieves focuses on Ronan, Blue Lily, Lily Blue focuses slightly more on Blue, her family and her job as a ‘mirror’ which I thought was very interesting as I was glad to learn more about Blue and her being a kind of ‘battery’ for the rest of the psychics in the house. I’m still not 100% sure what is meant by Blue being a ‘mirror’, so I hope that this is clarified in The Raven King!
Gansey is just the best thing ever really isn’t he? I still stand by my statement that I’ve put in my reviews of the previous two books: Gansey is definitely the Mom of the group. He’s just got such a good head on his shoulders (with looks and knowledge!) but I just find him so real! His panic attacks, his fear, his needs… I just absolutely love him, I really do.
Also, the character of Jesse Dittley??!! OMG. HE. IS. AMAZING. AND. CUTE. AND. JUST. A.MAZ.ING. That’s all I can say about him because words cannot express how much of a brilliant character he is and I just think he adds another dimension to the story with the things he says.
Overall, this was a very good book. There were parts of the book where I thought nothing was really happening and I just wanted the book to get to the action, but I am so glad that I have finally picked the book up and now I’m going to completely scrap my blog schedule and go and start reading The Raven King because I just need to know what happens next.