I have been reading this book for months. Literally months. I started Blue Lily, Lily Blue when I finished Book 2 in The Raven Cycle series at the beginning of May, but I put it down after 30 pages, when I just couldn’t get into it. Sometimes when I’m reading a series I get series fatigue… It has been sat on the TBR pile at the side of my bed, judging me, for the last 6 months, so I picked it up again a few weeks ago.
In case you aren’t aware, this is the 3rd book in the series, about a group of boys who go to a private school in Virginia and a girl called Blue who becomes their friend. They are all on a quest to find an ancient king, who is under a sleeping spell. I can’t remember why.
From the blurb:
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.
Blue is from a family of psychics, but she has no clairvoyant powers; Blue is an amplifier, and is able to magnify the powers of other psychics. Her life is a bit chaotic; she’s from the poorer side of town, and has always felt a bit different from the rest of her family but she knows she is loved and seems relatively happy. Except for that pesky prophecy that if she kisses her true love he will die… Blue is sassy, sarcastic and energetic. She became involved with the Raven Boys (the boys from Aglionby School) the previous summer and has become an integral part of their group.
Blue’s true love is Richard Gansey III – a rich private school student and unofficial leader of the Raven Boys. He is dedicated to finding where Glendower (magical sleeping king) is buried, so that he can wake him and request a favour. That’s a part of the legend. He loves Blue but won’t act on it in case it tears the group apart.
Adam is at Aglionby through a scholarship, he comes from a poor, unhappy family, where his dad would regularly beat him. Adam used to be quite proud, but after making a bargain with the magical forest Cabeswater (it exists out of time on a Ley line), he is re-evaluating his life and what really matters.
Noah is a ghost. He hangs out with boys and Blue, but he can only appear when he has power from the Ley line or if Blue is nearby to act as a battery. In this story he gets a bit creepy and starts to be taken over by outside forces.
Ronan is the Greywaren – if he dreams about something he can make it manifest in the waking world. Which is awesome when he dreams about cars, money and cute Raven pets; when he has nightmares about monster? Not so much. ..
There is also a whole host of secondary characters, including the villainous Colin Greenmantle, the mysterious Mr Gray, and Blue’s psychic relations… to be honest I found it quite difficult to keep the back stories and character histories straight in my head.
It took me about 200 pages to really get into this book, but then I couldn’t put it down. So it took me a few weeks of reading 30 pages at a time to get halfway through the book, and then I finished it (183ish pages) in 2hours on the train this morning.
Once you get into it this is a great read, with lots of dark humour, supernatural elements and realistic characters. I would recommend reading the other 2 books immediately before this one though, so you don’t get completely lost like I did. Overall 3/5 stars on Goodreads.
Let me know if you have read any of the Raven Cycle novels in the comments below.