Thursday, November 6, 2014

Special Report: 'Blue Lily, Lily Blue'

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Date: November 6, 2014

Special Report

Spoilers Ahead

Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Maggie Stiefvater

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.

City Calendar:
This is what happened during the week.
The plot is quite dull in the beginning. It only really picks up speed during the last few chapters when they actually go into the cave. We have limited amounts of action and romance. It was nice to have the supernatural elements, though. I won’t say too much because the plot gets twisted and confusing.
Let’s say that Greenmantle comes to town. Malory Gansey’s ley line buddy arrives and discovers another cave. The group goes there, but the landowner Dittley doesn’t let them go into the cave because it’s haunted. The group finally goes in. They discover the daughter of Glendower Gwenllian. They think it breaks the curse. Adam and Ronan blackmail Greenmantle. Persephone dies. The group finally enters the cave fully. Blue and Ronan are separated from Adam and Gansey. Blue finds her missing mother and her father. Mr. Gray appears. Bang bang. The family flee. (This includes Mr. Gray.)
I know that’s not entirely in chronological order. I just don’t have notes on the happenings of Henrietta.
And that's what happened this week.

Personal Ads:
Blue Sargent.
Quirky. Random. Doomed. Looking for her love, so she won’t kiss him. (Even though she wants to.) Looking for her missing mother. Amplifier for psychics. Brave. Daring.

Richard Gansey III.
Devilishly handsome. A bit scatterbrained. Smart. Determined. Friendly. A great friend. Reliable. Looking for a dead king to grant a favor.

Ronan Lynch.
Cocky. Asshole. Rude. Broken at heart. Greywaren. Can conjure up dream things. Looking for someone to rely on. Apparently gay.

Adam Parrish.
Cabeswater’s eyes and hands. Smart. Hardworking. Looking to ‘wake up’. Looking for success and a long, fulfilling life.

I have such mixed feelings about this book. 
On one hand, I'm happy for a third book. On the other...this book isn't as amazing as the first two.
I did like the fact that Adam had more power. It's nice for him to be powerful. He has to adapt to the power and get used to it. He seemed to be the one left out. The third wheel, in a sense. Blue is the same, but she has more powers than you might think. But I won’t talk about her.
I did like the one part where Blue almost kisses Gansey. It’s this wild and crazy moment. Driving recklessly. Being crazy teenagers. They seem real in that moment. (Not that they aren’t otherwise.)
There were some memorable quotes. Maggie Stiefvater seems to do well for memorable quotes. I like the one where Blue admits her generation is addicted to computers. That was a good one. Gwenllian also ‘burns’ (for lack of term) one of the Raven Boys. (I don’t remember exactly who.)
The characters don’t seem to develop. They don’t change throughout the book. I feel like they were lackluster. The book is supposed to be more on Blue. (I mean…the last book was entirely on Ronan, correct? And this one uses her name in the title even.) It just doesn’t seem to have enough of one character. I liked how that was how the last book was written. It was mostly on Ronan and his journey. This book seemed…anticlimactic. I thought it would be more about Blue. I was excited for it, in fact. I particularly dislike her. She seems…too…plain.
The plot wasn’t too interesting. It was dull. It didn’t pick up too much speed until the last chapters. I felt as if it was a filler book. There weren’t many surprises. I felt…disappointed in the plot.

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