Here 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.
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 Weekly, School Library Journal, The 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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
This contest is provided by Scholasic!
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.
Click HERE to read the Prologue of Blue Lily, Lily Blue