Thursday, January 8, 2015

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggice Stiefvater - Paul's REVIEW

*I received this book as an eARC from Scholastic Press on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Recent Release Date: October 21, 2014

My Pre Reading

Ashley's Review of The Raven Boys (#1)
Paul's Review of The Raven Boys (#1)
Ashley's Review of The Dream Thieves (#2)
Paul's Review of The Dream Thieves (#2)


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. 


Review: I unfortunately was not impressed with this book. The books of The Raven Cycle are definitively not easy, fast reads. They are complex. All of the characters have depth and there are a lot of characters. I usually enjoy these kind of stories, but I just can not connect with any of these characters. I also had a problem remembering the characters and everything that had happened to them in the two previous books.

The first book may have had Blue as the protagonist. And the second one kind of had Ronan at the center. But, this third book of the quartet doesn't really have a focus. It has become more of an ensemble piece, which isn't a bad thing. It was just difficult for me to follow. It didn't seem like a lot was progressing in the story for the first two thirds of the book, but there was still a lot happening. The end of the book definitely brought my attention back, but overall I just felt distracted while reading this book. I couldn't focus. 

The writing in still beautiful in this third book in Stiefvater's quartet. 

I will be continuing this series. I've had conflicting feelings towards this quartet from the first book. This first book was slow for me, as well, but by the end I was hooked. I really enjoyed the second book. I remembered all the characters and was able to follow everything. With this book I had similar feelings as to those I had for the first book. The majority of the book was slow, but the ending reeled me back in. I give this book a 3/5, but I will definitely be reading the fourth book! 


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