This Review contains spoilers.
“I know when I’m awake and when I’m asleep,” Ronan Lynch said.
Adam Parrish, curled over himself in a pair of battered, greasy coveralls, asked, “Do you?”
“Maybe I dreamt you,” he said.
“Thanks for the straight teeth, then,” Adam replied.”
Series: The Raven Cycle
Published: 2014, by Scholastic Press.
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Magic
Contains: Strong Language, Violence, Mentions of Death and Abuse.
‘Blue Lily, Lily Blue’ is the third installment of the four-part series, The Raven Cycle, following the Raven Boys as they search for the Welsh prince, Glendower. When Blue’s Mother, Maura, goes missing, her and the boys begin a search party, finding new clues towards the existence of the prince, whilst Ronan and Adam fight their own battles on the sidelines.
Being three books into the series, I already knew I was going to enjoy this installment. However, although, I fell into a tiny unrelated slump halfway, the action was definitely enough for me to return to finish this read.
The characters within this series are still some of my all time favourites, always anticipating returning to this world so I could read more, and ‘Blue Lily, Lily Blue’ did not let me down. The development between Blue and Gansey’s relationship was adorable, and even though their awkward cursed-love was somewhat cringe-worthy, I still found it oddly charming. For example, not being able to kiss so they’d ‘pretend’ – incredibly cheesy, but kinda sweet… right? Also, Ronan and Adam; I love these two so much. For the majority of this installment, they had a sub-plot of their own with Ronan’s dreams and the return of Adam’s father, but their dialogue and interactions were always the most interesting to read for me, having more than they’d had in the series so far. (Plus, Ronan making a mix-tape for Adam’s car! Adorable!)
The return of the Grey Man was also a plus for me, deeply loving his character since his introduction and his (practically one line) reunion with Maura was super sweet and I can’t wait to read the next. Hopefully, their relationship will be explored a little more.
The plot itself was as confusing but interesting as ever, and it seemed to move a lot faster than ‘The Dream Thieves’ so there was always something happening. The climax was incredibly fast-paced and action-packed, which was great to read with Maggie Stiefvater’s beautiful writing style.
As always, the third installment of The Raven Cycle was as entertaining as I expected it to be, this series never disappoints, and I’m desperate to read the finale of this series.