Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Raven Cycle book3) Maggie Stiefvater 391 pages
Blue’s mother Maura has disappeared after going off to search for the mysterious man she claims is Blue’s father, and the Raven Boys are convinced they will find them both in a spooky cave system that lies beneath Cabeswater. Their first outing goes badly, with a near-miss for Gansey, and the start of school interferes with plans to make another attempt. Meanwhile, the Gray Man’s former boss has come to town, posing as the new Latin teacher at Aglionby Academy. His quest: to wake the king and receive his magical favor. But his intentions are evil, and finding the burial place first takes on a new sense of urgency for Blue and the Raven Boys.
Don’t get me wrong — I enjoyed this book just as much as the first two in the series, and I have no idea how I’m going to wait until February of 2016 for the fourth and final book. But there are some irritating as hell peripheral characters in this one. Blue’s cousin Orla. Gwenllian. The bad guy’s wife Piper. Ugh. Just… ugh. I guess that means that Maggie Stiefvater has done a good job writing though — because after all, we’re not supposed to like these people. And Piper is particularly fun to loathe. But there are moments when the irritation becomes a bit too much — I don’t want to be irritated when I’m reading a book. In the end though, it’s not enough to ruin anything, and the story is still filled with those beautiful moments of friendship and family that I’ve come to love in this series.