Redd Becker Book Review
Maggie Stiefvater weaves the supernatural, with mystery and adventure among a group of diverse and sometimes gifted teens. Blue Lily, Lily Blue explores the nature of teen friendship, change and regret. Stiefvater knows teens and depicts them as they are and how they want to be. Characters with complex personalities, unique dreams, motivations and blinding faults strive toward their goals.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue has a caste of characters with multiple motivations and plot lines to track. That made it hard for me to engage at first. Blue Lily, Lily Blue comes as book three in the Raven King Series. If I’d read the series it would be easier. The plot lines entangled me as more threadsof the story became apparent but went no where. By mid book I was in the rhythm, however.
The group of high school students, some with supernatural powers, lead a duo life away from school. Most have magical powers. They use their power to attempt to bring back a dead king, who they believe will grant them the wish of bringing their friend, Noah, back to life. If they waken the wrong person, evil will be released on the world. There are adventures galore with ghosts, visions, killers and magic .
Subplots Aplenty in Blue Lily, Lily Blue
The story doesn’t lack for subplots. Besides finding the king, Lily’s quest to find her mother (whose life is in question, because she may be off to find the king herself) takes Lily to another dimension. Her friends, the Raven boys, confront each other at every turn. Each has their motives. Greenmantle and Piper throw a kink in the works. The gangsters undermine the teens quest to find the king at every turn. The story explores the idea of energy ley lines around Earth where magic is strong and universes intersect.
Friendships depicted among this odd group of teens taps into our feelings of isolation, loneliness and the misfit in all of us.
My RatingBlue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Published by Scholastic Press on October 21st 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Magical Realism, Paranormal, Young Adult
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The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.
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.