my review of the first book in the series, The Raven Boys, I said the book is "wonderfully mystical, artfully written, and full of unique characters." That works for the whole series. In my review of the second, The Dream Thieves, I said "I am ready to believe Stiefvater can do no wrong." Yep. I'm completely there. I very rarely follow an author, but I'm putting her on my to-read list, and I'm going to start reading everything the woman has written.
So you probably would like me to talk a bit more about this specific installment instead of just gushing like a fan girl. Blue Lily, Lily Blue moves our characters more firmly into their magical journey, and simultaneously progresses their relationships in a gorgeous, subtle, inevitable way. Everything about this book is emotional, moving, poignant, and yet it never feels overblown. The delicate line Stiefvater walks in her writing is artful. Her plot lines are complex without being convoluted. Her characters are deep without being pretentious, unique without being showy. Seriously, Stiefvater's writing is some of the best I've seen in YA.
Her books have soul. There is something alive about the stories; the worlds and the people who inhabit them are so believable and likeable and magical. What stands out the most to me about this cast of characters is their love for each other. They are - self-acknowledgedly - bound together.
My only problem with the book is the lack of answers at the end. Things wrapped up a bit too quickly, in that they really didn't wrap up. This installment felt less contained then the first two which annoyed me a bit, but it does lay out all the ingredients for a quite amazing final book. Plus, I think the faster pace and increased action may be part of the buildup to the fourth book. Upon reflection, my annoyance may be entirely due to my very, very strong desire to NOT have to wait for the last book.
And when oh when will that fourth book come out? Waiting is torture.