Monday, January 18, 2016

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Released October 21, 2014

Bought on Kindle Fire
Rating: 3/5

Summary 

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 (Summary from Goodreads).

Review

I always feel a bit bad when I'm the odd one out.  Get ready for a quasi-rant.

Unfortunately, I have conflicted feelings about this book.  The problem is that the first book gave me the impression that the author was going for a dark, mysterious vibe with a little fluffy comedy thrown in and some peculiar characters. But after reading Blue Lily, Lilly Blue, I have to wonder if it's really just bad writing.

There were parts that I thoroughly enjoyed, and those were usually interactions between Gansey and Blue. But most the book I was simply bored.  There was a lot going on that just made no sense to me (usually Adam's POVs).  The author tends to go off on a tangent in the middle of dialogue, and I actually have to go back to see what the hell the characters were talking about in the first place.

And don't get me started on the "bad guys" of the book.  With the language Ronan often uses, I'm pretty sure this is supposed to be a YA book.  The bad guys, however, are just plain cheesy - like something out of a middle grade book.  I would have loved for interesting, dark, complex bad guys, but instead we get, frankly, annoying bad guys. 

I think I'm mostly disappointed in the way the story has progressed.  I feel like the author is adding in random conflicts to the story.  All of a sudden we have "three sleepers" and it's kind of getting ridiculous. Ugh.  Rant over.  I'll probably still read the last book because hey, I made it this far right?  I am genuinely curious to see how it ends.


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