Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Published by Scholastic Press on October 21, 2014
Genres: Magical Realism, Mythology, Supernatural, YA
Source: NetGalley, Owned
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.
Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.
* I received the arc through NetGalley, but I also own the hardcover version*
~ I was scared going into this book. Not that it wouldn’t be excellent, but because since the beginning of book 1, I’ve lived under the constant threat of Gansey’s death. Hell, I can’t even see a hornet in real life without thinking of how deadly the little thing is to one of my favorite book boyfriends.
~ I love all the characters, Blue, Ronan, Mr. Gray, Noah, Blue’s family… even Adam managed to make me like him in this book. But there’s something magical about Gansey, and it’s not just that the other characters find him charismatic. Stiefvater shows, rather than tells, how he’s the heart of the group. He’s not a perfect character, but I love him and his flaws, and someday that will probably lead me to a broken heart.
~ Since I mentioned Adam, I did like him a lot more in this book, even though I still think he could pull an Anakin Skywalker and go over to the dark side. It’s just now I have more hope for him.
~ The main part of this book deals with the search for Blue’s mom, Maura. The group finds themselves searching deep within the mountains to find her. I thought that I might find this part boring, but I swear, with this series I feel like Stiefvater has tapped into her own personal ley line.
~ Greenmantle was one of my favorite parts of book three- he’s so delightfully wicked, as is his even more morally deprived partner, Piper. Anyone who thinks this series is just for kids, let me introduce you to these charming psychopaths. 😉
~ Like the previous two books, I tore through this one. It’s like getting a huge Christmas present, containing wrapped box after wrapped box, until at the very end there’s one tiny box left- filled with your heart’s greatest wish. I’m hoping the next book delivers that too.
~ Obviously, I love reading. I love books, and there are many books that I can say that I truly love. But there are only a few precious books that can completely transport me to another world. Henrietta, Virginia is alive in my heart (only my version of Henrietta doesn’t contain any hornets, Ms. Stiefvater!), and that’s where Blue and her Raven Boys dwell.
Blue- our heroine- a non-psychic in a house full of psychics, although she enhances everyone around her. Also Known As: Jane. 😉
Gansey- the Raven Boy of my heart, in search of the legendary Glendower.
Ronan- tough dreamer, also a Raven Boy of my heart.
Adam- you know how when people use the saying “he pulled himself up by his own bootstraps”? Well, that sums Adam up. He’s ambitious and driven, and now he’s tied to the Cabeswater and learning that maybe it’s okay to get a little help from his friends.
Noah- the quiet as a ghost Raven Boy. Muhahahaha
Chainsaw- Ronan’s awesomely named bird.
Mr. Gray- very recently retired hit man, but that doesn’t mean he’s not keeping busy. Was romancing Maura before she went underground.
Maura- Blue’s mom, left a note saying she’d gone to find Glendower… underground.
Persephone- one of the psychic’s living at Blue’s house, helps Adam.
Artemus- Maura’s ex-lover.
Greenmantle- Mr. Gray’s old boss.
Piper- Greenmantle’s crazy wife (think Bad Seed all grown up).
Jesse Dittley- owns land that Blue and the Raven Boys need access to.
Morris and Beast- henchmen.
The entire book is comprised of Midnight Moments, so I can’t just pick one!
Stop the Clock:
There aren’t many books that I would recommend to absolutely everyone, but this series is definitely one that I wish everyone read. I have theories, and hopes, and book crushes to talk about, so get reading already!
Blue Lily, Lily Blue gets a Midnight Book rating of: