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.
A Conspiracy of Stars
By: Olivia A. Cole
Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.
But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N’Terra should be run, and he’s influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.
With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family