Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction
Book Jacket Synopsis: “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 her problems, 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. In a starred review, The Bulletin called The Dream Thieves, the previous book in The Raven Cycle, “a complex web of magical intrigue and heart-stopping actions.” Now, with Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the web becomes even more complex, snaring readers at every turn.”
Review: Altogether, Blue Lily, Lily Blue was a really great third installment in The Raven Cycle, but I also found it to be the least memorable book of the series so far. There were some major pros, such as the lovable characters of Jesse Dittley (landowner of a cursed grave who begrudging allows Blue to do yard-work for him in exchange for cave access) and Roger Malory (Gansey’s aged tutor). The fondness I developed for Jesse, who calls Blue his little ant and is always shouting, was unexpected, especially given the fact that he is doomed to die within the year. There were beautiful moments as well, such as the realization that Ronan took his lovable younger brother, Matthew, out of a dream. This is also the first book where we really see strong collaboration between Adam and Ronan (effectively the chosen ones of Cabeswater).
“Adam was beginning to realize that he hadn’t known Ronan at all. Or rather, he had known part of him and assumed it was all of him.”
I also loved the discover of Gwenllian, Glendower’s daughter who has been imprisoned, and awake, underground for over 600 years. That being said, there were also a lot of cons in this third book. For example, the Gray Man’s now vengeful former employer, Colin Greenmantle, shows up in town hell-bent on discovering exactly what the Greywaren is. Described as being a ruthless spider resting in a very intricate web, Greenmantle was clearly meant to be feared by the reader. However, I felt like the Raven Boys were able to get rid of him almost too easily (by having Ronan dream up incriminating evidence that would land Greenmantle in jail for the rest of his life). For such a ruthless villain, he was pretty easily vanquished. Maura’s disappearance was also frustrating, because it remained unclear WHY she had left in the first place. I also found this book to be more confusing than its predecessors, but perhaps all of that confusion will be resolved in The Raven King. All in all, Steifvater set the stage nicely for her final book.