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Blue Lily, Lily Blue Book Review

Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Book 3 of The Raven Cycle)blue-lily-lily-blue

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Rating: 5/5

Overall Emotions: Mind blown, holy crap!

 




 

The third installment in the all-new series from the #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.

 




 

By far my favorite of The Raven Cycle books thus far! After Dream Thieves, I wasn’t too thrilled to keep reading the series. I didn’t like being in Ronan’s head that much but this book was fantastic.

Someone is missing. Someone dies. Someone almost falls in love.

I loved seeing the almost chemistry between Gansey and Blue in this book. And what I loved even more was the banter between Blue and Ronan toward the end.

This book made me wish that they would make a book to movie adaptation! How sick would that be?

Honestly, I feel like I can’t get the words I want down to express how good this book was. Sorry for the crappy review, just know that I loved it!

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Five stars for this one!!

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If Blue doesn’t get her kiss by the end of book four, I’m going to rage.

Bookshelf (Library) Tour 2016

I didn’t realize until I started this post that my bookshelves are actually one huge hot mess. So this is a bit embarrassing but maybe we can just pretend that this is a before post and I’m going to do an after sometime this year. Surprisingly, my shelves are kind of organized. This is me and my husbands books combined but this isn’t even all of them. There are three large moving boxes filled with books in our garage that we need to clean. Yes, clean. My husbands aunt had a house fire and some of the books she was giving to him were in that fire. They’re covered in soot on the outside, but the inside is fine. We’re going to be needing a new shelf soon, so we’ll be making some room soon.

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Above is the overview of our ‘library’. The very top shelves hold misc items that just don’t fit anywhere in our house (Stu’s Star Wars legos, the model VW bug me and my dad made when I was younger, some of Stu’s notebooks from college and art supplies. I need to figure out what to do about these items. Whoops.

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The three above pictures are obviously most of my YOUNG ADULT books along with various knickknacks. My favorite of those shelves has to be my Sarah Dessen/Jenny Han/Other YA Contemporary books!

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The next bookshelf is our random shelf. It has all of Stu’s miniatures that he hand painted along with some SyFy books and historical non-fiction (those are some of the books from the fire). Only one of these books is actually mine, You by Caroline Kepnes.

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The above bookshelves are again mostly Stu’s SyFy books with some memoirs, biographies, self-help and horror mixed in. The bottom shelf is actually just some of our text books from college that we couldn’t bring ourselves to get rid of.

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Now we have my second favorite shelf above. It’s full of so much knowledge! Again, mostly Stu’s books, he’s the brains in this marriage. I like this book shelf because it’s where most of our books come together. We have our collection of bibles and books we consider classics. My favorite set of books has to be the pretty red and gold group of classics.

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The final bookshelf in our library has even more bibles and various old books. The gigantic ones are actually just German medical dictionaries I believe, but they just look cool!

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Ah, now to my favorites shelf. It’s ever changing. It contains some of my favorite books and some of my TBR books. I keep this one in our bedroom. The top shelf holds one of our wedding pictures and my jewelry, the next one just holds miscellaneous items like tissues, a bible and more jewelry. The middle shelf is favorites ending at Stolen and then my TBR starting at Enshadowed. The other books between those two are actually Stu’s TBR. The bottom shelf is where I keep my favorite comics/graphic novels, a copy of Stu’s series, my Twilight collection, another TBR book, a copy of The Odyssey (the first gift Stu got me) and some photo albums.

My goal for the rest of the year is to get our books better organized. How do you organize your books? By genre? Color? Author? Size?

The Dream Thieves Book Review

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I finally finished The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater! Took me long enough didn’t it? I pretty much breezed through most of it while on my three day weekend at the lake house. As most of you know, I had the chance to go to Maggie’s book signing in early May. She asked me a question about her books: Did I cry while reading? My answer at the time was no, but boy did that change halfway through the second book in the Raven Cycle series.

Everyone has been going nuts over this series, and I was late to the party so to speak but I’m glad to be catching up without the delay of waiting for the next book to be published. I’m not going to lie, if I had to wait, I probably wouldn’t have finished this series. I’m not saying it’s a bad book series though, it’s actually very well written but it’s not my cup of tea as of right now. This series is plot driven and character driven to the tee! The only thing missing is my favorite troupe- love. Yes, there is love shadowing of sorts but not what I’m used to reading in other novels. If you’re looking for handholding, kissing, hugging and so on page after page, you won’t find it in this book. This book deals with friendship more than relationship love.

If you haven’t read this book/this series and you love paranormal young adult, I suggest you pick it up! In some places I lost interest, but Maggie does manage to pull you back in.

If you haven’t read this book, please close this window, spoilers ahead. Go ahead and subscribe to me for more book review, tags and discussions and once you’ve read the book, come back! Please! I want to bond together over books!

Spoilers

Remember when I mentioned I cried? I wasn’t lying. During the part where Noah and Blue are hanging out alone in Monmouth Manufacturing and then they kiss (he’s already dead, she can’t kill him), and they kiss and Blue tells us it’s her first and last kiss. Oh. My. God! That was probably my favorite scene of the entire series so far.

What I didn’t like was not getting to see Blue in this book as much. It was cool to finally see Ronan some more but I missed Blue. Blue as a character even notices that she’s being pushed away from the Raven Boys, they stop telling her things. Why? I also stopped enjoying Adam’s character in this book because he starts to harass Blue about kissing. Blue doesn’t need to justify why she won’t kiss him, but when it does come out and Blue says Adam isn’t her true love and Adam gets upset. That made me ever more upset with him, especially when he asks her to prove it. I really couldn’t feel any sympathy for Adam like I did in the first book.

Let’s talk about the ending: Ronan’s sexual preference came out of no where for me (or did it, I’m not really sure). I must be the most oblivious person because I figured it was Kavinsky who was questioning his own sexual preference and taking that out on Ronan. Not the other way. Kavinsky kept giving these snarky comments about Ronan being ‘gay’ and always following Gansey around (or Adam). I feel bad for not even thinking Ronan as gay. Am I the only one who didn’t think he was gay? I honestly didn’t believe it until I watched a few booktube reviews on the book. I figured Kavinsky was just being a jerk (boys will be boys, right?)

All I have to say is I can’t wait to see what happens with Blue and Gansey!

Overall, I’m giving this book 3 out of 5 stars. It was a well written book, there were a few amazing scenes but I wasn’t too pleased with most of it. I also didn’t like the weird relationship Maura is having with the Grey Man. What happened to Butternut? Are we over him? What makes Maura think it’s okay to date a hit man when there’s trouble brewing on the line!?

There won’t be a weekend discussion up this week due to my husband leaving for Germany in a few days. I want to spend as much time with him as possible so I’m not even opening my laptop and probably won’t open a book up either. We have a jammed packed weekend and I just want to enjoy it with him. We’ll be back to the normal post schedule on Book Tag Tuesday!

 

 

My Summer TBR

So if you’re like me, you get most of your reading done in the summer because you’re not a huge fan of the 90 degree weather. You would rather stay inside with the air conditioning going and a good book to read. This summer (I count May in with summer, is that weird?) I plan on tackling most of the books on my TBR shelf! I have to read books based on the season usually, this will be the first summer that I have a wide array!

First off, I plan on reading my husbands book The Goblin Wars, this is his omnibus edition goblin warsthat has all three of his fantasy books from the series in it. It’s a huuuuuuge book and I keep on making excuses for why I don’t have the time to read it, but since summer is here, I figure it’s time. If you want to purchase his book(s) you can find them pretty much anywhere, Amazon is the best place. Sometimes there’s specials on the individual book. Be sure to leave a review if you read it! I’m not a big fan on anything other than YA, which is why it’s taken me so long to read this. If you love Lord of the Rings and other high fantasy books, you need to check this one out. I’m so very proud of him for this accomplishment.

 

 

 

Over winter, I read the novella to this book, wasn’t too thrilled with it. Pretty sure I gave itMaybe-Someday-Colleen-Hoover a 1 star review. I thought I’d give the author another shot and read one of her novels and this one is actually based off of the novella from her, Maybe Not. This one has been on my TBR shelf for a month or two now. I know I can knock it out in one weekend, so I’m literally saving it for a rainy day. I don’t have high hopes for this one but I do hope that it’s entertaining and better than the novella. Any Colleen Hoover fans out there? Do you recommend any of her other books?

 

 

 

 

 

All right, I’m late on the bandwagon for this one, but I’ve heard nothing but praise. I just started The Raven Boys so this summer I plan on reading through the whole series. I read Maggie Stiefvater’s  Shiver series and felt like it kind of fell flat after the first book, so I’m hoping that doesn’t happen with this series. So far, I’m sort of enjoying the first book. The pace is great,  and I have no clue what’s going to happen next. These covers sure are amazing though!

 

This next one is on my pre-order list. It comes out May 17th, just in time for summer! It’s 2506378112 short stories from a bunch of different YA authors and the cover is adorable. Pretty much, if you’re as in love with summer YA contemporary romance, this book is for you! Look at all of those amazing authors! Even if you don’t plan on reading any of my summer read recommendations from last weeks post, at lease read this one. A story a day isn’t bad on top of your huge TBR pile.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure there will be plenty more summery books that I pick up and plan on reading, but for now this is my MUST FINISH this summer. Follow me if you want to see reviews on any of these books, I will be posting a review on all the books that I read.

Here’s to many cozy, rainy reading days this summer.

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