“They were all in love with one another.” // Review of Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater.

Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Date Read: 20/04/2016 – 22/04/2016
Rating: ★★★

Review:

bluelilycoverIt may be because I rushed into this book very quickly after reading the second one, but unlike with the last installment of The Raven Cycle, I found this one dragging on a bit, in spite of the introduction of new characters and further exploration of the setting.

In Blue Lily, Lily Blue, our characters are further exploring the ley line, and a potential second one that lies perpendicular to it. Greenmantle,  the Grey Man’s employer from the previous book, and his wife have arrived in town to continue their own search for the Greywaren. Adam’s day in court with his father is approaching, Blue’s mother is still missing, and Blue and Gansey are still pretending that they might be able to fall in love one day without any obstacles.

While the mythology of the series is explored further, and the characters make exciting discoveries regarding this, as with book one, I felt that the stakes were never especially high. Things seemed to get fixed quite easily, and I felt like I was sometimes brought into the start of an important scene, only for the author to decide the conclusion of that scene wasn’t really worth including. Adam’s day in court was the stand-out for this issue, though it happened more than once; while I can see why it was necessary to include the entire court scene when the important character-related stuff was at the start, I felt like there could have been another way to have Adam come to the same realisations, without me turning the page and feeling like I had missed a chapter.

I have hopes that the fourth book in the series will not have these same issues. The climax that the series has been building towards will be reached, and hopefully we’ll get a decent fall-out from that. All remains to be seen.

#WWW Wednesday – 20 April, 2016

First of all, how is it April 20 already?! I mean, really.

Second, it is Wednesday, and that means WWW Wednesday! Yaaaay! WWW Wednesday is a blog hop in which we answer questions about what we’ve been reading this past week. This is hosted by Sam over at A World of Words. You can join in by commenting on today’s post over on her blog.

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  • What are you currently reading?

Currently reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. Blue and Gansey are quite likely to be the death of me. I’ve got way more invested in them and their non-relationship than I ever expected.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

I finished A Stolen Kiss by Kelsey Keating. It was cute, but nothing mind-blowing, and read quite young given the characters were supposed to be in their late teens. My review is here.

After that I read The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, which is the second book in the Raven Cycle, and the one before Blue Lily, Lily Blue. It made me conclude that I was simply not in the right mood for The Raven Boys when I read it over Christmas. I didn’t really have the opportunity to absorb the writing properly. Funnily enough, even though Ronan is the focal character in this book, the majority of my favourite moments in it did not involve him. I will try not to gush too much here; my review is going up either Friday or Monday, depending when I have time to finish writing it.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I want to read the Edge of Darkness by K. L. Schwengel, which is the last book in her Darkness & Light trilogy.

I also plan on reading The Raven King, the fourth Raven Cycle book, when it comes out next week. I hadn’t actually deliberately started reading the other books just in time for this one’s release, but the timing was fortuitous. I knew it was coming out at the end of April, but in my head, the end of April was still months away. I am currently torn between not wanting to Gansey to die because I’ve gotten attached to him, and feeling like after three books of set-up, it would feel like a cop-out if they find a way around him dying.

Funny story before I go: a couple of days ago I discovered that the author of Greythorne, a book I’ve had on my TBR since November last year, is the wife of a guy I met last year when I was in My Fair Lady. I had no idea that this book was even Australian, let alone that I had played board games at the author’s house just a few weeks ago. So I’m probably going to bump that one a bit further up my TBR, but it’ll probably be a May read at this point.

I should probably get a move on because I need to do a decent chunk of uni work tonight, so I’ll catch you all later!

~ Emily