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.
Design – Christopher Stengel Art – Adam S. Doyle
I continue to adore the eerie paintings by Adam S. Doyle used on these covers. I like that these covers are printed on a satiny paper, giving them a bit of shine. This cover just feels a bit too buys, just like the first two, but I love the colors of this one.
These books are addicting and engrossing, which made this one seem so short even though it’s just under 400 pages. Each book in this series is amazing, but Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the one I enjoyed the least so far. Everything’s escalating, but it’s quiet at the same time. There’s less searching and more danger, and everything is strange.
- Ronan + Adam – Ronan’s character development continues to be awesome. He’s so angry and volatile that it really means something whenever Ronan does something selfless or kind. He’s somewhat conflicted about his dreaming and what’s necessary in their quest for Glendower. Adam is finally beginning to put aside his pride sometimes and accept the kindness of his friends. He’s continuing to deal with learning how to communicate with Cabeswater and the fallout of his father’s arrest. Ronan and Adam are the ones who have changed the most, and they seem to be developing a closer relationship, possibly a romantic one. I love the small ways Ronan supports Adam, especially because Ronan has a difficult time showing affection of any kind, and Adam has trouble accepting affection. I really like the two of them hanging out together and plotting things.
- Gansey – Gansey’s up to something at the school that he hasn’t let anyone else in on, which is worrying. His fear of wasps is resurfacing and he’s no longer the clear leader of the group. Overall, Gansey is more and more human, less hero. He’s getting closer and closer to finding Glendower, but what happens when he does? What favor does he request? What does he do when his lifelong quest is over? And what kills him and will anyone tell him he’s fated to die?
- Blue – I love Blue. She’s a short, pink pocket knife carrying spitfire. She does what she has to in order to help Gansey and the guys, and in order to find her missing mother. Blue is her own person and she makes sure everyone knows it. Something’s happening with Blue being an energy source and not appearing between the mirrors in the attic, but we have no idea what yet. The way Blue interacts with her family, with the Grey Man, and with the guys is always entertaining.
- Blue + Gansey – Both Blue and Gansey are practicing a great deal of restraint when it comes to their mutual attraction. Obviously, they can’t kiss due to the prophecy of Blue killing her true love, but they’re also trying to deny their feelings for each other. I love how they spend time together constantly, but they only focus on finding Glendower. It’s only late at night, when they’re alone and lonely, that they ever reach out to each other. The fourth and final books is sure to be a heartbreaker.
- Greenmantle + Piper – While I do like that Piper seems to be the more important of these two, their presence is annoying. Much like the Gray Man in the second book (who I like in this book), it’s hard to pull your thoughts away from Blue and the Raven Boys to focus on new characters. Much of the time, Greenmantle and Piper are simply arguing with each other, which isn’t exactly interesting.
- slow – While the first two books certainly established a dreamy and fantastic atmosphere, this book just seems slower. There’s more planning and thinking, and less action involved this time. The group knows they’re getting dangerously close to finding Glendower, but there’s more hesitation now, as well as more people looking for the sleeping king. To me, this book was just less exciting than the first two.
She wished she could still evoke that Blue who despised him. She wished she knew if Adam would feel terrible about this. She wished she knew if fighting this feeling would make Gansey’s foretold end destroy her any less.
– pg. 67
Ducking his head, he pulled off his ghost light and hung it over her shoulder. She didn’t bother to say, ‘But you’ll be waiting in darkness.’ Nor did she say, ‘If I vanish immediately into the lake, you’ll have to find your way out of here sightless.’ Because he’d already known both these things when he’d given it to her.
– Ronan + Blue pg. 367