The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same.Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life.Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...
“A secret is a strange thing. There are three kinds of secrets. One is the sort everyone knows about, the sort you need at least two people for. One to keep it. One to never know. The second is a harder kind of secret: one you keep from yourself. Every day, thousands of confessions are kept from their would-be confessors, none of these people knowing that their never-admitted secrets all boil down to the same three words: I am afraid. And then there is the third kind of secret, the most hidden kind. A secret no one knows about. Perhaps it was known once, but was taken to the grave. Or maybe it is a useless mystery, arcane and lonely, unfound because no one ever looked for it.”
Honestly, there is something really special about a Maggie Stiefvater book. And The Raven Boys series is extraordinary. Hauntingly extraordinary.
Blue Sargent still has the prediction she has heard all of her life looming over her head: she will kill the her true love when they kiss. I can’t imagine having that knowledge. I don’t know how she does not feel it constantly weighing her down. She fits in so well with the raven boys and I love her quirkiness.
Gansey is the epitome of an all-american boy at first glance, but there is so much more to him. He is caring and constantly thinking of his friends. He grew up in a very affluent family, but at least to me, he does not act like it. He is incredible in so many ways and he’s tied with Ronan as my favorite raven boy.
Ronan opened my eyes in this installment. I had written him off as a sulky boy in the first book, but he’s so much more. He’s very introverted and keeps to himself. I can imagine how hard it must be for his friends to read his emotions. I love his mysteriousness and his dreams. I cannot wait to read more about him.
The first word that comes to my mind when I think of Adam is stubborn. I absolutely hate what he has had to go through and I understand his need to go through it by himself but he needs to know he has friends that would do anything for him without a price.
And Noah is just Noah. I love him!
The plot is addicting. How Gansey came across Glendower and the progress they’ve made is so cool and how I wish I lived in their world. The writing is gorgeous. Hauntingly beautiful. There is something about her writing that has me so in awe. The romance(s?) is quite heartbreaking. I will not say much about it but it is really special. And it just breaks my heart so many times when reading.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue is an absolute beautiful title and I cannot wait for it. I’ll be rushing to the store on October 28th to get it!
Rating: 5/5 Tar Heels!