for Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
A highly successful third offering in Maggie Stiefvater’s “Raven Cycle” series centers broadly on the ongoing quest by the Raven Boys and Blue to find the burial site of the mythical Welsh king Glendower. Here the story focuses more closely on Blue than on Raven Boys Gansey, Rowan, and Adam. Blue’s mother, Maura, has disappeared underground to magical Cabeswater to search for Blue’s mysterious and long-missing father. Blue and the Raven Boys, with help from housemates and friends, face both psychic and physical challenges in their ongoing quest, which now has new urgency because of Maura’s disappearance. A variety of new characters, including the incredibly self-centered and sinister Greenmantle and his wife, Piper; Glendower’s 600-year-old daughter, Gwenllian; and Appalachian native Jesse Dittley, add additional tension to the plot and comic relief to the large and fascinating cast. As the main characters become more confident, well-balanced, and ultimately inter-connected, readers will welcome the changes, especially as poor-boy Adam finally is able to see Gansey’s desire to help him as friendship rather than charity, and Blue gains previously unrealized psychic abilities. Stiefvater expertly interweaves the multiple narratives together, allowing for closure in this book while leaving plenty of unanswered questions for an finale. (Age 13 and older)
CCBC Choices 2015. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015. Used with permission.
The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater. 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. In a starred review, THE BULLETIN called THE DREAM THIEVES, the previous book in The Raven Cycle, "a complex web of magical intrigue and heart-stopping action." Now, with BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE, the web becomes even more complex, snaring readers at every turn. Praise for THE DREAM THIEVES: * "Richly written and filled with figurative language . . . this story of secrets and dreams, of brothers and of all-too-real magic is an absolute marvel of imagination and an irresistible invitation to wonder." -- BOOKLIST, starred review * "Mind-blowingly spectacular . . . Stiefvater's careful exploration of class and wealth and their limitations and opportunities astounds with its sensitivity and sophistication. The pace is electric, the prose marvelously sure-footed and strong, but it's the complicated characters . . . that meld magic and reality into an engrossing, believable whole." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review * "A paranormal thriller . . . this installment [is] more tense and foreboding than its predecessor -- and every bit as gripping." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review * "A complex web of magical intrigue and heartstopping action." -- THE BULLETIN, starred review * "Readers who want a moody chill and appreciate an atmospheric turn of phrase will want to spend more time in Henrietta." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review Praise for THE RAVEN BOYS: "Stiefvater is a master storyteller." -- USA TODAY "A dizzying paranormal romance tinged with murder and Welsh mythology." -- THE LOS ANGELES TIMES * "Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review * "A tour de force . . . such a memorable read." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review * "One unexpected and wonderful surprise after another . . . a marvel of imagination." -- BOOKLIST, starred review * "THE RAVEN BOYS is an incredibly rich and unique tale, a supernatural thriller of a different flavor. . . . Fans have been salivating for Stiefvater's next release and THE RAVEN BOYS delivers." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review "Equal parts thriller and mystery, with a measured dash of romance sprinkled on top . . . Maggie has woven such a unique, intriguing narrative that I struggled for comparisons." -- MTV.com A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Best Book of the Year THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS 2012 Blue Ribbons list
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