^That is a beautiful cover, no? I am filled with cover envy just staring at it.
After enjoying The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves I couldn’t wait to read the latest book in this series. Blue Lily, Lily Blue returns us to the world of Henrietta and all its mysterious supernatural happenings. As always the setting feels alive and real, a character in itself.
I am continually impressed with how this series develops all the main characters, who showed their complexity early on and reveal more with each instalment. While some may resemble the typical YA fiction archetypes of “sweet boy”, “bad boy” and “feisty girl”, they reach far beyond these and have become very much themselves. The real-world problems they face in addition to their supernatural adventures lend an authenticity to the story and setting.
This series began with a world of more subtle magic, the type you might encounter in the household of a tarot-reading psychic living in a rambling house on a country road. The magic has grown through the books however, and is more overt than ever in Blue Lily. While it does serve its purpose, it may make some readers feel as if they’ve left the world of the series’ beginning behind, and leave them feeling displaced. However anyone who enjoyed the fantasy elements in The Dream Thieves should be able to appreciate them in this book as well.
Like both earlier books, this book introduces a new set of antagonists. While the villains in this series have provided entertainment, I believe the most intriguing “villain” is that which has remained in place throughout the series: the internal conflicts of the characters. I hope to see these take center stage in the final instalment, which I’m sure will be a bittersweet read as it brings this great series to a close.