Review : Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

17378508 Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Published: October 21, 2014

The third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

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.

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So Blue Lily, Lily Blue picks up not so long after The Dream Thieves. Maura is still searching for Artemus underground and Blue is trying to be the best she can be without her mother. The boys are still very much themselves and Blue and Gansey begin to get much closer and I need more of the two of them in my life.

I always feel a bit bitter sweet in regards to The Raven Cycle books. I more than appreciate Maggie Stiefvater’s writing and even more so appreciate her being so spot on with everything in regards to lay lines, supernatural powers, Glendower etc. (I was talking to my sister-in-law about this series and she was super surprised to hear about how in depth it was and that Maggie Stiefvater knew a lot about the topics within the book). But anyway, I always feel a bit bittersweet reading these books because I LOVE LOVE LOVE the writing, but I always feel so let down when there’s such a build up and no true action climax. I feel like I keep getting let on.

But quite honestly, the writing does make up for it. I don’t think I’ve read something quite like this ever before, and I really do appreciate the beauty of her writing. I most definitely will be reading The Raven King because I need to know what happens with Blue and Gansey. I demand to know about Artemus. I’m more than happy that Maura is back,I think she’s one of my favorite characters.

Other than that, I DEMAND I see more Ronan and Adam. I’m kind of mad I didn’t get more of them! I sound like a child having a tantrum but I there’s so much that I want out of this series and I hope to get it in The Raven King.

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Review : The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

17347389 The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Published: September 17, 2013

If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.

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I never expected to really enjoy this series and I was surprised  I was flying through this book. Although it wasn’t as exciting as I thought The Raven Boys was, it still had plenty to keep me satisfied. Especially the back story behind my baby Ronan </3  This book focuses mostly on Ronan which I enjoyed because there’s a lot behind this quiet trouble maker.

This book also revolved a bit around Adam and Adam just decided to take my heart and shatter it into a million pieces and I adored everything in regards to Adam’s character this time around because he had more substance. And as always Blue’s family is probably my favorite bunch of people right now.

So, this book really focused in on Ronan’s ability to bring things out of his dreams and into real life. And I think the build up to everything that happens in this book is really quite a bit slow, and could have been a bit quicker. I dont want this seen as a complaint though because Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is absolutely amazing. I love it, and the way she writes is so captivating I can’t get enough! Anyway…on to the third book!

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Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

13449693The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Published: September 12, 2014

“‘There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,’ Neeve said. ‘Either you’re his true love…or you killed him.'”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them — not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all — family money, good looks, devoted friends — but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


The Raven Boys has multiple main characters and I’m usually not super into that. But I adored it this time around. The main story revolving around Gansey but I have to say I preferred Ronan. And I think Ronan is going to be a bigger piece of the puzzle within the Raven Cycle.

I wasn’t crazy about Blue but I was happy when she started hanging out with the boys and started coming out of her shell. It made me fall in love with her more. And her family was adorable and reminded me of my crazy family.

I think one of my favorite things about this book is everything running through the Glendower legend. I think it’s a great concept and I loved the way it was tied into everything.

I also adored the dynamic of The Raven Boys. I think them being friends yet family was so heartwarming. Especially with Adam and how Ronan went to go save him from his home life.

I couldn’t help but not be surprised in the douche-y ness of Mr. Welks. It was pretty obvious how he was going to tie into the whole mess but…NOAH!? I literally was screaming when I found out about Noah and I couldn’t stop freaking out so….well played Maggie Stiefvater, well played.

Overall a great book! I love the writing style it was very mysterious, and almost felt like I was in a dream state or something of the sort. I loved it! The mystic feel and I’m so excited to see what happens with all these characters, who they become and how wonderful the writing will be throughout this series.

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Review: The Raven King by by Maggie Stiefvater

17378527.jpgThe Raven King by by Maggie Stiefvater

Published April 26th 2016

Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.

For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey…and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.

 

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It’s hard to believe that this series is over. I’ve loved this series for so long and it’s weird that it’s actually over now.
I thought I was fully prepared for this book when I started but I was totally wrong. This book was a massive roller coaster and I think I had like 4 heart attacks while I was reading the last quarter of the book. I read this entire book in just a couple of days because I just couldn’t put it down.
I did feel like the last 5 chapters were such a whirl wind that some of the smaller details and characters got lost and I wasn’t completely sure what happened.
But overall, The Raven King was amazing and fantastic and I loved. If you haven’t started this series yet, I highly recommend that you do.

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Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

17378508Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Published October 21st 2014

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.

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This series is going to be the death of me.
If I had to compare my love of this series with any other series, it would be the Harry Potter series.
Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style reminds me of J.K Rowling’s a little bit as well.
Maggie’s writing style has an amazing flow and it’s so poetic.
The characters are so wonderful, amazing, and awesome. Each and everyone of them are so well written and well developed.
Blue is, without a doubt, one of the best female characters I have ever read about. If more female characters were like Blue, there would be a lot less crappy books out there.
I love how the story and characters has developed though out the series and I can’t wait to start The Raven King.

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