Monday, September 29, 2014

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts):  A story of dreams, nightmares, kings, knights, and a really crazy princess who has been awake for far too long.

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Info: Scholastic Press, copyright 2014, 416 pages

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.

~Goodreads Description

Oh the sweetness of Maggie Stiefvater's writing.  It's full of poetry and menace all at the same time. She is unfolding a complete tale full of kings and assassins, lovers and friends.  I'm gushing, I know, but it's SO GOOD!

While I like spoilers, I appreciate the fact that others do I will attempt to keep this as spoiler free as possible.  After The Dream Thieves, we know the Greywaren has been identified and Maura Sargent is missing.  Our band of adventurers, explorers, dreamers, and magicians are on the hunt to find her and raise the sleeping king.  And the stakes are higher than ever.  A killer has returned to town and a warning has been made to let sleeping strangers lie.

Ronan is still stubborn and surly.  Adam is distant and other.  Gansey is cautious and noble.  Blue is torn and frustrated.  And Noah is dead.  Knowing all of that is what makes Stiefvater's story so brilliant.  There are a lot of characters moving in a lot of different directions, and she gives them each their time.  She juggles characters seamlessly and places priority in character development...including Cabeswater, the most unnerving of them all.  The dialogue is fast paced and witty and the plot rushes forward at full steam, building, always building, to the ultimate confrontation.

I heart this series so much.  Seriously.  It can be, at times, a bit confusing, keeping all of the players and all of the history in line, but it's smart, and interesting, and populated with such interesting characters, the good and bad, that you get completely and utterly sucked in to the mystery.

Do yourself a favor and read it.  You won't be sorry.

Favorite Quote: "Now he could see that it wasn't charity Gansey was offering.  It was just truth.  And something else: friendship of the unshakable kind.  Friendship you could swear on.  That could be busted nearly to breaking and come back stronger than before.   Adam held out his right hand, and Gansey clasped it in a handshake, like they were men, because the were men."

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