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Review: Storm Siren by Mary Weber

November 23rd, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: High Fantasy, Mary Weber, Review, Storm Siren, Storm Siren Series, Young Adult

Storm SirenTitle: Storm Siren

Author: Mary Weber

Genre: YA High Fantasy

Series: Storm Siren (Book #1)

Publication Date: August 19, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 1401690343 (Thomas Nelson)

ISBN-13: 978-1401690342 (Thomas Nelson)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

Quick & Dirty: A beautiful high fantasy that took me completely by surprise! Full of magic, romance, adventure and a creative world, this is sure to be a favorite for all high fantasy fans!

Opening Sentence: “Fourteen circles for fourteen owners.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The kingdom of Faelen has been at war with it’s neighboring kingdom, Bron, for years now and things are not going well for Faelen. Bron is far more advanced in their weaponry and their armies outnumber those of Faelen. Things are looking dire and Faelen will need a miracle if they want to save their land and their people. That miracle comes in the form of a storm siren by the name of Nym. Storm sirens have the magical ability to contol the weather, but for the last century it has been the law in Faelen that all storm sirens be killed at birth. And so far, only males are born with this curse, that is until Nym comes along.

At a young age Nym’s parents were killed and she was sent into slavery. Because of her powers she has never been able to last long with any of her owners, and she is currently at her fifteenth auction. Nym has never been able to control her powers and the effects have been deadly to many. When it is revealed that she is a storm siren at her auction, she is purchased by a very wealthy and influential court advisor. She is given a choice to either learn to control her power and fight in the war for Faelen or she can choose to die.

Choosing to live she is thrust into a world she doesn’t understand, full of poltics, glamour, and treachery. Then there is her gorgeous trainer that seems to understand her like no else does, but he has dark secrets of his own. Will she be strong enough to save her country or is she just a pawn in a game she never wanted to play?

Nym was a great heroine that was really easy to root for. Her story is a sad one that is full of tragedy, so it was really easy to sympathize with her situation. But even though she has had a rough past she hasn’t allowed that to make her bitter and I really respected that. She is strong and someone you can easily look up to. But she also has all those girly insecurities that make her much more relatable. She is a very well rounded character that I absolutely loved and I can’t wait to continue her story.

Eogan is a mysterious man full of secrets, charm, and attitude. He had pretty much everything I want from a great love interest. For the most part, he is a very private person and he doesn’t open up easily to anyone but as his story unfolds it all makes total sense. Even though he puts up a hard, uncaring front, he actually has a big heart and he tries to do the right thing in an impossible situation.  His relationship with Nym is filled with great tension and beautiful epic moments. I loved them together and can’t wait to see where their relationship goes next.

Storm Siren is an amazing high fantasy filled with magic, adventure, and epic romance! From the first page, I was drawn into the beautiful world that Weber created. I loved all the elements that were incorporated into this very unique and entertaining story. It was a very well rounded story that developed perfectly. The magical element was interesting, the romance was sweet and filled with great tension, the pacing was flawless, and to be perfectly honest, this was one of the best books I have read this year. This was actually a big surprise for me because before I read the book I had heard very little about it, so I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was. The one thing I didn’t love about it was the awful cliffhanger ending. It was one of the worst cliffhangers I have ever read, but it left me even more desperate for the next book. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a great high fantasy story, I’m sure you will love it!

Notable Scene:

Then, as if not trusting me to refrain from attempting to touch the horse again, he steps closer. He’s the man Adora was admiring through the window this afternoon. Eogan, if my suspicion’s correct. Arms crossed, sporting a cocky smile.

And he’s unreasonably attractive—curse him.

Storm Siren Series:

1. Storm Siren

2. Siren’s Fury (June 2, 2015)

FTC Advisory:  Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Storm Siren.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon

November 22nd, 2014 @ 1:00 am
Posted by Kaitlin under Review Tags: Lucy Saxon, Review, Science Fiction, Take Back the Skies, Take Back the Skies Series, Young Adult

Take Back the SkiesTitleTake Back the Skies

Author: Lucy Saxon

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: Take Back the Skies (Book #1)

Publication Date: June 3, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 1619633671 (Bloomsbury)

ISBN-13: 978-1619633674 (Bloomsbury)

Reviewed by: Kaitlin

Synopsis:

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage and the life her high-ranking government official father planned for her, Cat Hunter does the unthinkable. She runs away from her homeland Tellus, disguises herself as a boy, and stows away on an air ship. She’s ready for life in a new land where the general population isn’t poverty stricken and at the mercy of the cruel officials. What she isn’t quite ready for is meeting Fox, a crew member aboard the Stormdancer—which turns out to be a smugglers’ ship. So begins an epic adventure that spans both land and sea.

This explosive debut starts a unique six-book series. Each novel will be set in a different land within the Tellus world, with repeating characters and related, nonlinear storylines that combine to create a one-of-a-kind, addictive reading experience.

Quick & Dirty: Though there were plenty of flaws, I found this novel enjoyable all the same.

Opening Sentence: Rain fell lazily from charcoal-coloured clouds as Catherine Hunter sprinted through darkening streets, her long hair tied in a tight braid and tucked beneath a black knit cap.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Catherine is a privileged girl with a government father. She has managed to escape the Collections in her social status, the days that children are stolen away from their families and forced to fight a war. But she doesn’t want to be married for status to some spoiled brat, so she runs from her greedy father and his money to live a life that is not as extravagant, but so much more satisfying. She stows away on a skyship and meets the crew, along with a handsome man named Fox, and begins to realize exactly how much the government has been hiding. And it’s not pretty.

Take Back the Skies was written by a teenager! How cool is that? Being young myself I found that a huge inspiration that publishers would even consider one of such an age. Immediately, this sparked my interest as I traveled into the world that Saxon created. (Oh. And by the way, Lucy Saxon is clearly a pseudonym — I mean, Doctor Who!) I have to say that though I did enjoy my time with the book, I did have problems with both the characters and the way the novel was resolved. I came into the book excited to read something by an eighteen year old, but somewhat wary: not many reviews had been positive and many people had remarked that it wasn’t very interesting to them. With that wariness, my expectations were somewhat lowered, and I ended up having a suffiecient reading experience. That’s probably why I had an easier time with it than others.

The main character, Cat, is much younger than characters I usually deal with. She’s 14, closer to a child than an adult. That being said, I felt that her reactions and bravery were somewhat exaggerated. She’s 14, shouldn’t she be more scared? I wish there had been more of a mention of her shaking, or her palms sweating, or any doubt, but instead she always squares her shoulders after even a second of being frightened. Boom, then she’s fine. Other than that I enjoyed her somewhat spitfire personality and wit. Also, her point of view (and just the writing overall) was very simplistic. If she was excited, than “Cat felt excited”. There was much more telling of emotions than illustrating, if that makes sense.

The love interest had to be one of the more major problems for me, however. Fox and Cat fought more than they talked. Literally, every few pages, Fox would have a sudden mood shift and be spiteful and rude. Not that Cat responded any better. They never held back any hateful, rude thing they could possibly say. If it could be any worse, there was a clear case of insta-love. Those who read my reviews know that I am not a fan of this. As soon as she saw him she couldn’t keep her eyes off him, because he’s apparently soo handsome and intriguing and wow! Once they got together, they could not keep their hands off one another, even in the presence of others, and the fighting suddenly ceased. I’ll admit, I did start to enjoy Fox when he got nicer, but there wasn’t much development on his character, nor Cat’s.

Take Back the Skies, no matter my nitpicking, was an okay read. It was intriguing enough for me to enjoy it. I did end up liking Cat and probably my favorite aspect of the story were the side characters. The world building was rich, if not a little sloppy, and it was refreshing reading a novel that was wrapped up in one book. There were quite a few large twists, but only two that I didn’t see coming. The rest were pretty predictable. As for the ending, I have to say it was unexpected, and haven’t processed it enough to have a large opinion. I loved hearing about the skyships and how there was the storms that were perpetually there, and the lands that resided in the strange world. One thing I can say in this story is that there was lots of action, so it wasn’t a slow read! I will encourage lovers of science fiction who don’t mind a simple writing style or annoying love interests to read this story, as it wasn’t really that bad.

Notable Scene:

She looked around the room for an even smaller place to hide and pulled open the doors of a large oak wardrobe that was bolted to the wall and floor.Heart racing, she pushed aside a pile of clothes at the base of the wardrobe, squeezing herself right into the corner. Covering herself with a long wool coat, she hoped she looked like just another pile of clothes. Catherine laughed shakily to herself. She wrapped her arms around her legs, then leant her chin on her knees. All she could do now was wait.

Take Back the Skies Series:

1. Take Back the Skies

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FTC Advisory: Bloomsbury USA Children’s provided me with a copy of Take Back the Skies.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Stone Cold by Devon Monk

November 21st, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Steph under Review Tags: Broken Magic Series, Devon Monk, Review, Stone Cold, Urban Fantasy

Stone ColdTitle: Stone Cold

Author: Devon Monk

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Broken Magic (Book #2)

Publication Date: April 1, 2014

Format: Paperback, 340 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451417933 (Roc/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451417930 (Roc/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Steph

Synopsis:

Marked by Life and Death magic, Shame Flynn and Terric Conley are “breakers”—those who can use magic to its full extent. Most of the time, they can barely stand each other, but they know they have to work together to defeat a common enemy—rogue magic user Eli Collins.

Backed by the government, Eli is trying to use magic as a weapon by carving spells into the flesh of innocents and turning them into brainless walking bombs. To stop him, Shame and Terric will need to call on their magic, even as it threatens to consume them—because the price they must pay to wield Life and Death could change the very fate of the world…and magic itself.

Quick & Dirty: Shame and Terric are running out of time to track Eli down before he finished his goal of murdering Soul Complements. Will they find him before it’s too late?

Opening Sentence: The door behind Eleanor opened, letting in the March wind, a little rain, and the man I had come here to kill.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I’m a fan of Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series and really loved the world that was created, so when I found out there was a spin off series featuring Shame and Terric, I was really excited. I read the first book and enjoyed it, although not quite as much as the Allie Beckstrom series. Still, I was looking forward to reading this second book to see how it all turned out. As with the first book, this one never quite reached the level of the Allie series for me, but I still really enjoyed it, despite some issues here and there.

It’s been six months since Eli and Krogher first declared war on all the Soul Complements. Shame has not given up on his desire to find and kill Eli for the lives he took in book one. Sadly, there’s been no luck on locating Eli. While the search continues, Shame’s control over the Death magic living inside him is slowly slipping away. He is constantly feeling the need to kill. In the same way, Terric is losing his control over the Life magic living in him. Neither one of them wants to fully give in to their Soul Complement bond, but it’s becoming clear that they need each other if they have any hope of remaining human and not giving in to the magic. Will they be able to keep it together long enough to find Eli and stop him from murdering more Soul Complements, or will the magic inside each of them consume them whole?

First off, this is not a book you want to pick up if you haven’t at least read the first book in this spin off. To read this duology in general, it would be helpful to have read the Allie Beckstrom series, but I don’t think it’s necessarily imperative that you have done so, although it would help you feel more connected to the side characters if you have the background of the Allie Beckstrom series.

Shame was my favorite side character from the Allie Beckstrom series (aside from Stone the gargoyle of course), so I was thrilled to find out he was the main character in this series. This isn’t the same Shame though, which is disappointing. While his sense of humor is still present, he is a much darker character than he was in the Allie series, and this makes it very hard to continue liking him at times. I can understand he’s having a hard time controlling the Death magic, but his lack of remorse at killing people bothers me. I still like him, but he’s definitely a flawed character, and not everyone is going to connect to him as a narrator.

The book was very fast paced, which I loved. I kept wanting to press on and find out what was going to happen next. It ended in a very satisfactory way, and it makes me sad to think that I won’t get to visit this world again. Fans of the Allie Beckstrom series should definitely pick this duology up!

Notable Scene:

“Are you killing people, Shame?”

“That’s a question, not an accusation.”

Zay just waited. He knew me. He usually knew when I was lying, which had often put a crimp in our relationship.

So I looked over at Terric instead.

“Et tu, Terric?” I asked.

“Oh, I’m very interested in your answer,” he said. “You’ve been gone a lot lately too, Shame.”

“That’s because you moved into my house” – I made air quotes – “‘for just a few days’ and haven’t moved out. A man needs space. If you both think I’ve gone rogue, how come Stotts isn’t here Miranda-ing my rights?”

“I told him I’d talk to you,” Zay said.

I did not know Zay had that kind of pull with him. Interesting. “And?” I said.

“And make a decision on what happened next.”

See, when Zay threatened, it was a subtle sort of thing. Unless he was breaking your fingers. He wasn’t turning me in to Stotts yet if I could give him a good reason not to. I swigged beer and let the cold and bitter was through me. It would be easy to lie.

Except I wouldn’t get away with it. Not with these two who were practically brothers to me.

“I don’t know who Stotts is talking about,” I hedged.

“Let’s just settle on a yes/no,” Zay said amiably. “You killing people?”

I hated it when he got specific. “Maybe a little.”

Broken Magic Duology:

1. Hell Bent

2. Stone Cold

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FTC Advisory: Roc/Penguin provided me with a copy of Stone Cold. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

November 20th, 2014 @ 12:06 am
Posted by Kristie under Blog Tour Tags: Blue Lily Lily Blue, Fantasy, Maggie Stiefvater, Young Adult

Maggie StiefvaterHere at Dark Faerie Tales, we are huge fans of Maggie Stiefvater. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is an amazing book that we loved and obsessed over. Make sure to read the accompanying review post to see what Michelle has to say about that. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is available now!

One lucky reader will receive The Raven Boys,  The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue PLUS Limited Edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana tarot deck. A huge thank you to Scholastic for the giveaway! This giveaway is only open to US addresses only.

About Maggie:

Entertainment Weekly has called Maggie Stiefvater, “one of the finest YA novelists writing today.” Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as, “a lyrical tale,” and byBookPage as, “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.8 million copies of the Shiver trilogy in print. Since publication, rights to thirty-six foreign editions of Shiver have been licensed. Linger, the second book in the Shiver trilogy, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. The Scorpio Races (2011) was named to the following best of the year lists for 2011: Publishers WeeklySchool Library JournalThe Horn Book and Kirkus Reviews. In addition, The Scorpio Races was named a 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association and a New York Times Notable Children’s Book. Time Magazine called, The Raven Boys, Book #1 in Stiefvater’s latest New York Times bestselling series The Raven Cycle, “A flirtier kind of horror-fantasy, aimed at teens clutching tattered Twilight and Sandman paperbacks….Stiefvater’s quirky prose has ample nerdy pleasures.”Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her family.

You can visit Maggie around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

The Raven Cycle Official Site

Want to read more from Maggie Stiefvater?

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If you have been following The Raven Cycle Tarot Tour, you will have seen some amazing interpretations of the Major Arcana 22-card tarot deck that Maggie Stiefvater has designed for this campaign. Each tour stop has featured one tarot card from the deck. Not only do readers get an insight between the relationship of the Tarot card to the books in The Raven Cycle series, but one winner will win a copy of one of the Limited Edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana tarot decks!

The tarot is a divination system that uses a deck of cards to gain insight. Most decks are comprised of 78 cards divided into the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana, with each card being symbolic of an energy or spiritual truth. The Major Arcana are known as the “trump cards” because they impart messages of greater weight and significance than the Minor Arcana.

Maggie Stiefvater Tarot Cards

To see each of the 22 tarot cards that has been featured on the tour, visit the This Is Teen’s Pinterest page for the tour, with a copy of the artwork and a link to each tour stop.

Dark Faerie Tales is please to present to you The Sun Card.

The Sun Tarot

The Sun is card number 19, and represents positivity and success. From reading The Raven Cycle books, we understand that interpreting a tarot card is based on what the original intention of a question is. We can look at the many connections that connect The Sun to The Raven Cycle series. Tarot reading is about learning a combination of knowledge and intuition, based on the symbolism of The Sun tarot card as well as the information we have from The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, and now, Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Let’s hold a reading of The Sun to interpret the meaning, as related to the past, the present, and the future. And while our interpretation could mean one thing, the tarot could tell an entirely different story for you.

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Past:

While The Sun tarot means fun, warmth, success and positivity, it is also an image of optimism and fulfilment . The Raven Boys is the introduction of such positivity. There was a commonality to search for Glendower. While Gansey drove the original thought, it quickly became something positive for everyone else. Glendower held a goal, with the hopes of achieving success. If we look at success in the other term of the word, we would then have to look at Gansey. Gansey, in particular is epitome of success. He seeks out, and he achieves.

“You’re as bad as Gansey,” Adam said, but he didn’t sound as if he thought that was very bad at all. “He doesn’t need anything but to know it’s real.”

In The Dream Thieves, success comes to the best of them. Whether the original instance was a positive or negative one, each single person had a version of success. They are one step closer to Glendower, and in reality, to the end. It was a little more difficult to interpret The Sun with The Dream Thieves. The book, overall, had a darker theme, and that may have clouded success and positivity, at least for us.

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Present:

In Blue Lily, Lily Blue, success was sought after, and success was taken. Without spoiling too much, there was much to categorize as success. An argument won, an item retrieved, or even an impossible task achieved. Stiefvater wrote Blue Lily, Lily Blue as an in-between book. And while many people may have not thought there would be much success written out, we felt there were many. Most of these successful instances were achieved closer to the end of the story, so we won’t spoil it for anyone. But just know, that they are there, and they were written really well.

Future:

As for the future, there can only be one outcome – positivity AND success. But the road to success won’t be easy. From reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the reader will discover many things that will prove that statement true. There will be sacrifices and eye-opening moments, but in the end, we feel that there will be success. For Glendower, for The Raven Boys, and even for Blue.

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This contest is provided by Scholasic!

One lucky reader will receive The Raven BoysThe Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue PLUS Limited Edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana tarot deck!
(US addresses only)

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Blue Lily Lily Blue

Available October 21, 2014 from Scholastic Press

About this Book:

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.

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Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

November 20th, 2014 @ 12:05 am
Posted by Kristie under Dark Faerie Tales Launch Tags: Blue Lily Lily Blue, Fantasy, Maggie Stiefvater, Raven Cycle Series, Review, Young Adult

Blue Lily Lily BlueTitle: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: The Raven Cycle (Book #3)

Publication Date: October 21, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 391 Pages

ISBN-10: 0545424968 (Scholastic)

ISBN-13: 978-0545424967 (Scholastic)

Reviewed by: Michelle

Synopsis:

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.

Quick & Dirty: A dangerously addictive read in magic, myth, and love.

Opening Sentence: Persephone stood on the bare mountaintop, her ruffled ivory dress whipping around her legs, her masses of white-blond curls streaming behind her.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater is the third, and in my opinion highly anticipated, book of The Raven Cycle series. After reading The Dream Thieves, and that amazing ending, a reader who follows the series can’t help but die for this book. And as I was given early access by the awesome people at Scholastic, I couldn’t contain my enthusiasm. But let me be truthful – I was filled with anxiety over Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Let me tell you why. And I will attempt to not reveal anything filled with spoilers, but it may not be so easy. Fair warning to you.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue begins shortly after where The Dream Thieves left off. Many secrets have been revealed, and Adam, Ronan, Gansey, and Noah are all in the thick of the mystery of Cabeswater. New characters are introduced, and some mentioned by name only. Diabolical plots thicken, added with delicious twists and turns. “Friends can betray. Mothers can disappear. Visions can mislead. Certainties can unravel.” That is the perfect summary of Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Going in, you cannot assume you know what is about to happen, because when you least expect it, Stiefvater will just change it on you.

Blue Sargent finally tells her story, at least the story that I as a reader was dying for. Blue has the sass of a southern belle, but the snark of someone much more. Her upbringing is the perfect flavor for her personality, and her loyalty is unmeasurable. I love who Blue represents and how she becomes a foundation for The Raven Boys. She shines in this book, and I got to see much more of who she really is.

While each book has thus far showcased a specific character, the world that each book has revolved around also changes. With The Raven Boys, we had the introduction of Henrietta, Cabeswater, and the ley line. With The Dream Thieves, we delve further into the ley line, but also are introduced to the world within dreams. And with Blue Lily, Lily Blue, we learn about something darker that ties in all the previous places. 300 Fox Way isn’t just an address, but it’s a world entirely on its own. As for the rest of Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the setting is no longer about a place, but more of a what. As a reader, I got a larger picture of the world; definitely much larger than the characters or the reader has known so far. Every little bit of information within Blue Lily, Lily Blue revealed so much more. Darker? Yes. A little terrifying? Definitely. Awesome? Oh yes.

Stiefvater knows how to write a story, the world and its culture, and the characters that belong in them. Each character, from Gansey and Adam, to Ronan, Noah, and Blue, have all played an integral part of the series. We have different point-of-views from the characters, but it was never too much or too little. They all had their parts to play in this obsession that we have become to love as The Raven Cycle. As a reader, I have become to know these characters. As a fan, I have learned to live with these characters. And as someone who reads, I have pictured every detail pertaining to this story that I cannot even fathom a moment without it.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue surprised me. I was fortunate enough to have the time to reread The Raven Boys and The Dream Boys prior to reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Every detail from the previous two books were fresh. And the words, pages, chapters that I read in Blue Lily, Lily Blue shocked me. From the new elements to the terrific details, it felt like a thriller, forcing me to anticipate what was on the next page. If I was a nail-biter from being anxious, I probably wouldn’t have any nails left. But from within all of that, I laughed and I simply enjoyed. A good book is hard to put down, and Blue Lily, Lily Blue was fantastic.

I highly urge you to read Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. You will not regret it.

Notable Scene:

An unfamiliar voice chanted in her head, strident and wry and sing-song:

“Queens and kings

Kings and queens

Blue lily, lily blue

Crowns and birds

Swords and things

Blue lily, lily blue”

Suddenly, she focused. She was calla again.

Now she saw what Maura had seen: three sleepers – light, dark and in between. The knowledge that Artemus was underground. The certainty that no one was coming out of those coverns unless fetched. The realization that Blue and her friends were part of something huger, something vast and stretching and slowly waking —

The Raven Cycle Series:

1. The Raven Boys

2. The Dream Thieves

3. Blue Lily, Lily Blue

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FTC Advisory: Scholastic provided me with a copy of Blue Lily, Lily Blue.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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