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.
Can I just start off by saying that I am in love with this cover.... Seriously! If I could get a poster or canvas just of the art that is on this book then I would in a flash as it gorgeous, I don't want to put the book away thanks to it.
We're reunited with the characters that we know and love from the previous two books and with characters that I really enjoyed it wasn't hard at all to sit down and dive back into the world of Blue, Adam, Gansey, Ronan and Noah. From what I have read, this is meant to be a four book series, and now I have to wait a year for the next...!!! Noooooo!!!!! The end to this.... Good cliffhanger and I can't wait to see where we go to from here and just what is going to unfold and of course, what's going to happen with the relationships between the Raven Boys and Blue!
Reading this, it was easy to get pulled into the story and enjoy it, there was no struggling to remember just who the characters were and how they had gotten to this point, and the story moves at a good pace, that it was easy to read through and enjoy myself. I really, really can't wait to see the next book and give it a read, I neeeed to know how it's all going to end. If you've enjoyed the first two books then you will enjoy this for sure.
Having read the standalone "Sinner" of Maggie Stiefvater's 'Wolves of Mercy Creek' novels, I found that I enjoyed the writing style, and thought I would give this latest book from the 'Raven Cycle' series a read. Unfortunately, I had not had the opportunity to read the two books that preceded 'Blue Lily, Lily Blue', and without a summary of the books available on the internet, I was effectively going into it blind. Therefore, much of my experience with this particular novel could very well be different to a reader that has followed the series from the beginning.
Regardless, the storyline is much more complicated in the 'Raven' series; whereas the 'Wolves' series covered teens that could transform into the aforementioned wolves, the 'Raven' series covers a larger supernatural occurrence that follows extrasensory perception, psychics/witches, ley lines, and the concept of sleepers and spirits. The wide scope of background information did make it hard to follow initially, having missed the first half of the plot.
But as you move through the book, the differing abilities of each character is revealed, and everything begins to fall into place, with all characters having a necessary role in the story. While overall rather interesting and well written, it was certainly obvious that this particular addition to the series was more about developing the characters, as very little was truly accomplished through plot progression.
Rather like the first movie in a 2-part movie, I found that this novel ended with more unanswered questions than resolved plotlines, which did give the novel a very slow movement; less action, and more lining up the obstacles that need to resolved in the final book.
But it has certainly piqued my curiosity, and I will be looking for the two previous titles to fill a couple of remaining questions that I have regarding the background of the characters. This novels delves into the paranormal world of clairvoyance, and the intricacies and rules that run with it. In a time when the market for novels and movies have become flooded with werewolves and vampires, this series is refreshing. I genuinely look forward to seeing how the plot plays out.
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