The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, number one New York Times best-selling author Maggie Stiefvater.
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.
©2014 Maggie Stiefvater (P)2014 Scholastic Inc.
"Book 4 hopefully"
This book 3 was just as great as 1&2. However I don't think that it would stand alone. It did enhance my appreciation of the first 2.
Grateful they continued with Mr. Patton as narrator.
"Last book blah"
The story just seemed to lose itself and did not really fit in with the first two books, which were very good.
Will Pattson did a great job on the performance.
It was ok, I usually love all her books, this was my least favorite.
"Please stop the singing!"
Since I read this series back to back without time to write individual reviews, I'm summing up the whole series in one review. Lazy? Guilty as charged.
Book 1 - 3 stars. It was different and though set in real time, easily drifted into fantasy time.
Book 2 - 3 stars. Possibly the one I enjoyed most in the series. The concept of a dream thief was fascinating. Plus, loved the action.
Book 3 - 2 stars. What happened? New characters were overwhelming. Something I overlooked in the other books - dialogues that left things unsaid as well as confusing dream sequences - really irritated me in this one.
Book 4 - 2 stars (maybe 1.5). This could have been a trilogy in my opinion. This last in the series dragged. Again, why are all these new characters not fundamental to the tale of the foursome? I was hoping for lots of action to resolve the story but it lacked for me, regretfully.
Narration - 5 star across the board!
"This multi-headed Hydra needs some cutting!"
Absolutely! I thought this series was much improved with his narration.
Too far-fetched even given the premise of the series.
He does a great job with all of them and sometimes the best voicing wasn't my favorite character but I liked the growl of Ronan Lynch and the quiet voice of Persephone.
Well it HAS to really, she left so many openings that need closing. There were too many characters in this 3rd book and too little story to carry them.
This book was a bit disappointing for me, not enough Gansey and it didn't need Mallory or the crazy witch. I wanted the Persephone/ Adam story to enlarge and Maura's part in this book didn't seem to fit in well. You can sort of see what Stiefvater is lining up for the 4th book but what tortuous a way to get there. Despite all this whining, I do like this series and have fingers crossed that the 4th will be as good as the first and second.
"Maggie is a Beautiful Writer"
This is book 3 of 4 and feels like a book 2 of a trilogy. The writing (as always) is superb. We find out a little more about Blue and the boys as Adam faces off with his father, and Gansey and Blue go spelunking to further their quest and search for Moira. Ronin is in the background since we heard more of his story in Dream Thieves. The women of this novel were mere window dressing and I was left wanting more details and stories about Blue's past than what was offered.
Not unhappy I spent my credit and eagerly await the final installment. I will read or listen to whatever this woman writes. She's one of the good guys in YA.
Why do I bother??? Will Patton is a fine narrator for adult fiction, but not suited for YA. At this point with 3 books in the cycle in his pocket, why would he be replaced? For the future reference...please know his voice is creepy for teen fiction. The women he voiced sounded like cartoon witches from the 70's and (again repeating myself) his NY accent from book 2 was unmistakable for Yogi Bear. Why, editors, producers, executives, why?
"We Shall Be Kings! 😱"
But not in this story . . .
Though having much climactic potential the weakest by far of the thus far trilogy.
I bookmarked and noted the point in the story at which my interest stirred---Chapter 13.
Far too slow in developing, I believe a lack of the editors pen let the author become entranced with the flavor and sound of her own words.
Development becomes better after the hours of listening Chapter 13 represents and some really interesting characters are introduced and developed nicely--but then things go adrift again as the author struggles to bring the threads of characters and plots into some semblance of enjoyable fabric.
Narration is excellent and, of course, if you are at all engaged in this series and its characters you will have to read this third installment.
Still--a let down--and I hope for better from Ms Stiefvater in her next story in this series. Clearly "Blue Lily, Lily Blue" is not an ending but an interlude. 😱
"Will Patton is one of my favorite narrators!"
This is the third in the Raven Cycle series and all of them are fantastic. Will Patton really brings life to each character. I look forward to each new book in the series because of his fantastic narration. Maggie Stiefvater is a great author and she weaves a really fun and mysterious tale.
"Stale Lily, Stalled Lily"
The Raven Cycle has been broken into several books and the story could have been told in two. There are many redundancies and circular themes that get old after a while. I was hoping it would fare better than the second book, but I just felt like the story dragged on in a creepy, unsatisfying sort of way.
Cut to the chase a little sooner. It felt like things were dragged on to make room for another book, not because it enriched the story.
The scene between Adam and Ronin, when Ronin shows Adam his dream creature.
If it had been cut in half, then yes, but it seemed to drag on.
"Great Characters, But Plot Flounders A Bit"
3.5 stars overall
If you love a good plot to go with your characters, Blue Lily, Lily Blue might disappoint. As I mentioned in my review of The Dream Thieves, the plot has taken a back seat to the characters. What started as a fairly interesting plot has been reduced to flailing in the wind with these last two books. Stiefvater’s villains also continue to be a point of contention with me. Greenmantle, the antagonist from the last book, makes a personal appearance in this book, but this time he brings his mustache twirling wife along for the ride. However, just as with the first two books, there’s still not much compelling about these villains despite this extended look at Greenmantle. Even the other characters seem to barely spare Greenmantle and his wife more than an exasperated sigh for their troubles. They add no substance to an already sputtering plot that is really starting to become redundant in a droning way.
If you don’t mind a thin plot and love characters, then this will definitely be a treat, as characters continues to be Stiefvater’s strength and is obviously what she enjoys writing. This continues to explore the characters that we have come to know and love and their relationship with each other. I loved how the relationship between Blue and the Raven Boys is described as them all being in love with one another.
"But what she didn’t realize about Blue and her boys was that they were all in love with one another. She was no less obsessed with them than they were with her, or one another, analyzing every conversation and gesture, drawing out every joke into a longer and longer running gag, spending each moment either with one another or thinking about when next they would be with one another. Blue was perfectly aware that it was possible to have a friendship that wasn’t all-encompassing, that wasn’t blinding, deafening, maddening, quickening. It was just that now that she’d had this kind, she didn’t want the other."
Adam learns to listen to Cabeswater’s needs, reconciling himself with the strange nature of its mutterings and manifestations, while coming to terms with his own feelings of inferiority and learning that his friendships are absolute and lasting. Blue discovers that she is so much more than an amplifier for other people’s “magic.” While the full extent of this isn’t explored in this book, it leaves open so many possibilities for her in the next book and beyond. Ronan continues to be Ronan, but we learn more about his dream things including a reveal about someone in his own life that he pulled from his dreams. Gansey seemed to have the least amount of development other than to start showing more frayed ends around that cultured, privileged perfection he tries so hard to show the world.
Other characters in this series continue to pop in and amuse readers such as the always acerbic Calla, and there’s an introduction of a new character that I suppose will be important in the next book, even if I felt his introduction at this points felt a bit forced. (I like the character, but it’s hard to see him fitting in the story at this point.) This book also begins to set the groundwork for what will come after their search for Glendower. They’re preparing to graduate and they’re thinking about what they want to do with their lives. There is disappointment and yearning in these moments as befitting to kids their age. This prods the readers to start thinking of the future (and the end of this story) for this group.
Will Patton returns as the narrator for this book, and even with my mixed feelings of his narration, this series wouldn’t be the same without his voice.
I think Blue Lily, Lily Blue tries to be more than it really is. Part of the synopsis says, “Friends can betray. Mothers can disappear. Visions can mislead. Certainties can unravel.” A mother certainly did disappear, but the rest of this doesn’t really seem to come to fruition. I can see it happening for some of those things, but it’s so murky. The plot is just not strong enough to really strongly support most of those claims. It’s not a bad book by any means, and there are plenty of revelations that come to light in this book along with a heartbreaking moment near the end. However, this book seemed more ambitious than anything. There was much going on with the characters, but it doesn’t really move forward much in terms of story.
"Mostly good but the singing..."
So this narrator is good for most of the voices but there are two that are just painful to hear. Both characters are female and a straight falsetto is used. One is just annoying. The second involves singing and trilling 'r's. It gets so shrill I have pulled headphone out of my ear to get away from the sound. Unfortunately the amount of this character in the book is sizable.
As for the story I love most of these characters unfortunately the villains seem underwhelming and not very interesting despite the amount of time spent with them.
"loved it, so exciting"
love the narrator, he creates the suspense, I'm really enjoying the series and can't wait for the next one :D
"Like the story, growing to hate the narrator"
I like the writing and I like the suspense that Maggie Stiefvater generates but there are times where a whole lot of nothing seems to be happening just to make the book a little longer.
If the narrator had studied the British accents. The professor's accent was a vague 1950's stereotype and whereas I don't think anyone knows what a medieval Welsh accent sounds like I don't think it sounds like the Spanish born cat trying to do an Irish accent that the narrator seems to have invented.
these books are really amazing! I can't wait to start the last one and see where the story goes from here!
3rd book in the series, 3rd win of the series. I am suitably impressed as always.
I never expected to enjoy this when I opened book one, the write up on the back cover did it no justice. I like to be surprised by books. Very open ending so looking forward to book 4.
"Great story. Shame about the narration."
This was a fab continuation of the Raven Boys story but I really Struggled with the narrator. He did different voices for some of the characters and sometimes this differed so you didn't get the same voice making it confusing . Also he put his own nuance on it giving the situation a different feel as to how I would have interpreted it. I also found some of his female voices rather condescending.
I'm enjoying the story and looking forward to the final instalment but I may buy the book instead.
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