Rating: 5 stars
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.
This series is killing me. Not just the wait and the anticipation and the not knowing – but all of these things plus my Ronan feelings – and I’m basically dead.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue starts a month after the events of The Dream Thieves. I thought this was fine, because while I want to see every minute of every character’s day, I understand why it’s not really possible. The gap in time did kind of set up for the other weird jumps in the story, and those I had more of an issue with: Adam is at [the place] waiting for his [thing] to start, and Gansey and Ronan rush in and Gansey [noise] to the [person] and then the scene is over. I WANTED TO KNOW THE OUTCOME.
I loved the new character perspectives. Greenmantle is not a scary crime boss, he’s hilarious. His wife, Piper, is also hilarious and I actually liked them whenever they came up on their own together. When they’re with the Gray Man or the Raven Boys or the women of 300 Fox Way I can remember they’re the bad guys, but when they weren’t, I thought they were a lot of fun.
Jesse Dittley was also terrific – the Dittleys have guarded the cursed cave forever, slowly dying off as they’ve had to sacrifice themselves to it. The things that have happened to him and his family could have made him a very hard and angry person, so I extra loved his easy friendship with Blue.
There are caves and adventures and death and SO MANY THINGS happening. Blue Lily, Lily Blue does not have the singular focus of The Dream Thieves (Ronan), instead painting a broader picture of all the characters. Gansey seems withdrawn – but it might just be that we spend less time with him, Adam is waking up (either to or from what appears to be an existential crisis), Ronan seems like less of a shit, though he assures us it’s not true. Even Noah seems to be evolving through death. The Raven Boys are becoming Raven Men.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue does focus a bit more on Blue this time around, since it’s her mother underground, needing to be found. She learns a lot more about herself and her abilities, and WOW she is hit with so much in this book. I thought, based on the title, this would be her book, and it is in a way.
I just can’t believe how close we are to the end, when it seems like there is still so far to go and one more book is not enough time with these characters and this world. I feel like I’m mourning the end of the series already, when I still have a year to wait for it!