The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #2 & #3)

17347389Now that (spoilers happened) 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…

17378508Blue 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.

Review:

While it took me a long time to get into The Raven Boys once I was there I was all in.  The characterization finally bloomed and while the plot was meh it was enough to carry me into the next book immediately.  Yup, I went against type and read book two, and then book three, in quick succession.  How lucky to not have to wait between books, I thought!  This is the ideal reading experience!

Until it wasn’t.  This is a spoiler-free review so I won’t get into details but I was more disappointed with each book.

The Dream Thieves is Ronan’s story and I feel like I’m out of step with other reviewers on Goodreads because he is my least favorite Raven Boy.  I still like the character well enough, but he doesn’t have Gansey’s pull or Adam’s development or Noah’s sense of mystery.  I’m just not as interested in his story, and this book is pretty much all his story.  The main plot gets advanced a few centimeters and we move on to Blue Lily, Lily Blue in a holding pattern.

It’s something like a thousand pages into the series and the characters are settling – Adam isn’t quite the loose cannon anymore, we know what makes Ronan tick, and all the aunts that live with Blue are the same as they always were. I’m normally a plotty reader but the lack of character development here made me sad, especially compared to the first two books.

So things happened, someone died (someone always has to die), and the finale is set up. I feel like the gothic wonder of the first book is completely gone now – the group knows that crazy shit can happen so they take anything and everything in relative stride. Maybe I’m burnt out after reading straight through but I need a break from ~waves her hands~ all of this.