You all know that I love me some Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve gushed about The Scorpio Races. I’ve praised The Raven Boys. And I definitely hold The Dream Thieves in high regard. So it really shouldn’t surprise any of you to see this post come up on this here blog. To say that I’ve been waiting eagerly for Blue Lily, Lily Blue is an understatement.
Thanks to the lovely people from Scholastic Philippines, I was able to get my hands on a copy of the book. It took me a while to get started reading it – finding a work/life balance is apparently something I do not beleive in – but once I did! Well, once I did, it was an up and down experience.
It’s been more than a year since The Dream Thieves came out, so I don’t think anybody is going to be spoiled when I say that that book pretty much outed Ronan Lynch to Stiefvater’s readers, which obviously was of special interest to me. And the fact that The Dream Thieves was practically a Ronan book, with the overarching plot of The Raven Cycle taking a backseat? I am all over that.
Going into Blue Lily, Lily Blue, I knew that it was going to be more of a “team” book rather than a focus on any one character, so I adjusted my expectations accordingly. And for the most part, the book exceeded those expectations by leap and bounds.
My only quibble – and it’s a really, really small quibble – is that it takes a couple of hundred pages before Blue Lily, Lily Blue took off for me. It’s not that the pages that came before it were bad – Stiefvater does a superb job of building the tension until it blows up somewhere around page 220-something. But even then I still couldn’t shake the feeling that this was starting to read like filler. Really, really good filler, but filler nonetheless.
There were also less “character” moments in this book than in the two that came before it, but I think it’s more of a testament to the strong foundation that Stiefvater has laid down. There doesn’t need to be anymore of those moments because most of these people have already been so clearly drawn. The only drawback is that there were points in the book that I felt nothing of importance was happening.
Of course, once the gang discovers what they discover somewhere around page 220-something, any problems I had were completely blown away by how quickly the plot and the stakes of the story escalate. To put it succinctly: Shit got real real quick. From there, I couldn’t put the book down. I literally had one of those moments where I started reading it when the sun was up and by the time I was done I was all: “It’s that late already?”
While it may not have come out of the gate running, Blue Lily, Lily Blue certainly had its talons deep in me by the time I turned the last page. She’s got all the pieces in place for a final book that can bring maximum feels; shippers – whether it’s a gay or straight pairing – are definitely going to get pay-off. The Welsh mythology that Stiefvater’s been using has been nothing less than fascinating so far, and I’m particulalry curious to see how all of this ends, plot-wise. It’s just one book away, and I for one can’t wait until it arrives on my local bookstore’s shelves.