I finally finished Blue Lily, Lily Blue and it was a strange sort of read for me. I love Maggie Stiefvater's writing and whenever I picked the book up I was sucked right in and couldn't put it down. I read at lunch, so I'd have to put it down after about a half hour, but it was reluctantly! What was odd was that once I put it down, I wouldn't pick it up for days, sometimes weeks, and then when I did finally pick it up I'd be sucked right back in again. Stiefvater's writing is fabulous as usual and I loved following up with Blue, her family and the Raven boys.
This book finds more strands in the web being woven and others being frayed- which lends itself to an at times confusing plot. I found myself sometimes forgetting which side people were on, or what they were trying to do. Some of that I think was intentional, because in this book things shift like the wind and Blue has to figure out who to trust and who will help her get her mother back.
I had initially thought this was the final book in the series and it struck me about 30 pages from the end that there was no way this was getting resolved, and low and behold, there is another book, The Raven King, coming out in September. I really am excited to see how this one all wraps up. I've grown very fond of the characters and although I know it's unlikely that they all end up happily ever after, I do hope that the ending stays true to the story laid out so far.
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.
By Nate Blakeslee
The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her
Before men ruled the Earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West.
With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, a charismatic alpha female named O-Six for the year of her birth. Uncommonly powerful, with gray fur and faint black ovals around each eye, O-Six is a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, and a doting mother. She is beloved by wolf watchers, particularly Yellowstone park ranger Rick McIntyre, and becomes something of a social media star, with followers around the world.
But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters, who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the park's stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley.
These forces collide in American Wolf, a riveting multi-generational saga of hardship and triumph that tells a larger story about the clash of values in the West--between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country's most iconic landscapes.
Juliet Takes a Breath
By Gabby Rivera
Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.
Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?
With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.