Google+ Reading Teen: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater {Audiobook}

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater {Audiobook}

Blue Lily, Lily Blue
by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Raven Cycle (Book 3)
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (October 21, 2014)
Language: English
Buy the book: Amazon

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.

In a starred review, The Bulletin called The Dream Thieves, the previous book in The Raven Cycle, "a complex web of magical intrigue and heart-stopping action." Now, with Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the web becomes even more complex, snaring readers at every turn.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater was--and typically so--a weavingly creative addition to the Raven Boys series. I can't help but wonder how Stiefvater's imagination works, able to piece thoughts and ideas together to actually make sense and have an legit plot. I am always jealous because her books are like dreams come to life.

(And in the Raven Boys, thanks to Ronan, literally so.)

The plot for Blue Lily, Lily Blue follows the same line as the last two books, essentially a hodge-podge of characters trying to find and awake an ancient magical king in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Of course, it is threaded with the dynamics of the strange relationship between the three Raven Boys and girl Blue, who belongs among the town's psychics. In addition, we found ourselves searching for Blue's mom who disappeared last time.

I felt like this book had a slow start, but maybe it was because I didn't remember a ton of the last book. I also felt like this one tied the first two together more, and as I didn't read the first, I had to go back and snag the in-depth notes to figure out what happened, which I thought would make me not feel as lost. But honestly, I wasn't missing a lot. I just wasn't prepared to jump in with the assumption I was already in the thick-of-it.

On a positive side, this was my first Maggie Stiefvater book I listened to on audio, and I was really impressed with the reader. After listening to a couple books after this one on a trip accross the country, I was about to restart Blue Lily, Lily Blue another time--just because the reader made this book so much better than the other audiobooks I had.

The new additions were undoubtedly the best characters in Blue Lily, Lily Blue. One of them is this crazy woman who literally croons her freakish madness in song and verse. The audio reader was incredible at mimicking her in a way that I got. Sort of. I didn't actually "get," because I am not mad, but it made me feel how crazy she was. Both her introduction in the novel and the way that she interacted with the characters throughout the book was totally unique. I'm not entirely too sure what her purpose is (besides bringing some more madness to the table), but her crazy train did end up revealing clarity to Blue's confusion about her personal identity.

The other characters I loved were the money behind the hitman in the last book. Greenmantle and wife Piper are some of the most selfish people I hope I will never meet. I was so entertained by the way they thought and interacted with each other that I am sure that this book is worth reading just for the humor they brought to the table through their manipulating ambition to get what they want.

Blue's huge new friend Jessie and the Raven Boy, Ronan, also made me crack-up often. Ronan I feel like I get, Adam too. But Gansey is still a mystery to me, even though we do find out more about him through his visiting mentor. Personally, he just isn't my favorite.

Blue herself I haven't ever really liked, either, but this book helped me understand her a bit more. I loved her depiction of the two types of country folk--the gossiping helpful ones who know everything about everyone, and the "red necks" who shoot people when they are drunk. (I applied this information well, when I traveled through the South for a couple weeks this summer.)

The other notables in the story were as follows:
  • Adam learning how to interact with Cabwaters
  • A lot of spectacular spelunking
  • Figuring out who was on the death list and what to do about it
  • The annoying Squash Murder Song
  • A greater depth to the connection between all four of them, as they always act like strange jealous lovers of each other
  • Late-night calls between those forever attracted members . . .
  • Blue learning how to deal with death and grief 
  • Adam's struggle with pride, loneliness and an abusive dad (if we all only had a magical connection to the land to freak out our oppressors that would rock)
  • Muscle cars (but no drag racing this time)
  • A British professor who can explain lay-lines
  • The hard work of keeping Gansey away from bees
  • Lots of psychic readings
  • Cursed caves
  • Looking for missing people we didn't even know were missing
  • Unearthing medieval burials
  • Ronan using his dreams to wake cows and frame evil people
  • Noah, our friendly ghost, going berserk

As always, Maggie Stiefvater is still a genius and continues to be one of my the top ten favorite authors, although I know her style isn't for everyone. I can't wait to read The Raven King!

Ethereally and unequivocally penned by Elisa (@AverageAdvocate) at “Inspiring the average American to change the world.”

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