Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Do you really need me to tell you to read Maggie Stiefvater’s Blue Lily, Lily Blue? I mean, maybe you do if you haven’t picked it up yet. So allow me: Read this book.
Scratch that: Read this whole series.
If you don’t have a crush on Blue Sargent and at least 3 ¼ Raven Boys by page 50 of Book 1, you may have no soul. In true Maggie Stiefvater fashion, her characters don’t just leap off the page, they dance and twirl and fight their way into your life. Resistance is futile.
At this point (Book 3), Blue and the Raven Boys have brought the magic of Cabeswater to life, but not without some serious violence along the way (and plenty more to come) and still they haven’t found the Welsh King they’ve been searching for. So it’s time to try something new, somewhere new, somewhere subterranean. When they come across three ancient sleepers in a cave, it’s not so much the end as a new beginning…
The magic of these books propels the plot, but it’s the intricate explorations of class, family, and love along with the atmospheric writing that makes them so very mesmerizing. Life within these pages is complicated and messy and oh so real even in the midst of all the fantastical elements.
Really the only reason to not read this book right now is if you don’t think you can bear the year wait for the final book in the series. But I vote: Read now and re-read again later. Hanging out with this crew is like coming home… if home were a magical, menacing forest with mirrored lakes and Latin-speaking trees...