“‘Do you think this is actually real?’ Blue asked.”
Squad goals. That term is tossed around a lot these days, but in this case, I think it actually applies. Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah on a good day certainly work together extremely well. They are a family, and while Blue Lily, Lily Blue may have a lot of unpleasant events going on, it was a pleasure to watch the “Gangsey’s” relationships develop even further.
Blue Sargent has finally found things. Like a group of friends. A group of brothers. The Raven Boys have taken her in, and they all share each other’s burdens. But she’s lost things too, and will continue to lose many more. The betrayal of friends. A suddenly absent mother. Uncertain certainties. Misleading visions. For dreaming may be dangerous, but reality is even harsher.
I know that sounds very doomsdayish, but this is honestly where things start to actually go dark. While there may have been creepy things happening regarding the ley lines and Cabeswater, that seems like child’s play compared to the events of this book. Even the last book, The Raven King, did not seem as dark because there were quite a few light scenes there. Blue Lily, Lily Blue though is just filled with lots of tension. Good tension, but tension nonetheless. You could feel the events being set in motion and that bigger things are happening, but you don’t get to see the consequences yet. Okay, that makes me sound completely crazy, but hear me out. For example, you could see the chemistry between the two ships and feel that they both wanted to act on it, but were scared to or hesitant for a variety of reasons. You could feel that something, something bad, was going to happen to Cabeswater, but you couldn’t tell exactly what. The thing is, Maggie Stiefvater is a master of twists and turns. She makes it so that you can tell the vague outline of the endgoal, but the journey there is unclear until it actually happens. Part of the reason is because if you think about it, everyone is varying degrees of crazy. We all are. Some are good crazy, like the Raven Boys, while some are bad crazy, like the Greenmantles. Even Cabeswater itself is crazy, although there is an astounding reason for that. However, the craziness of the Blue and her boys makes for a lot of interesting relationship dynamics, which were easily my favorite part of the book. Also, for some reason, I’m obsessed with the squash song, which was introduced in this book, so that also definitely put it high on my list.