Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Scholastic, October 2014) with the happy certainty that it would be a great read (which it was) and also with a great deal of curiosity about how everything would be wrapped up (which it wasn't! Somehow I hadn't gotten the message that this wasn't the last book in the series!)
We do, however, move closer the ending of the quest to find Owen Glendower, sleeping beneath a powerfully magical lay line in western Virginia. And new twists, and characters are added, and new complications arise, and the reader moves closer to understanding the people involved, and the people move closer to understanding themselves and each other.
This is the best good thing about the books--the way the four main characters (three Raven boys, students at a posh boys' school) and Blue (daughter of a local family of physic women) care about each other. This is what makes me look forward to offering the books to my boys (which I'm not doing quite yet--they are still way to old and much to full of the f word (I got a bit tired of Ronan's fondness for it) for my younger one, and I think my older one will like them better in two years, when he's sixteen or so). It seems to me that it's rare, and rather valuable, to have books in which boys care about each other so much, while making space for a girl in that tight circle of friendship.
This particular book is not my most favorite of the series--it seemed a bit of a filler, not advancing things all that much. That being said, my expectation that this was the final volume may well have affected my reading, and it may well be that things that appeared less essential to the whole story arc will become important later.
But even the not most favorite book of a great series is a lovely thing.
So you will maybe have noticed that I didn't attempt a synopsis-- those who have read the first two won't want spoilers, and those who haven't would just be confused. But I will say that I'm glad Adam is moving to a happier personal place--I was worried about him. I continue to be worried about Ronan. And I am worried that something bad will happen to Gansey (not death type bad, because I refuse to believe that could happen), but something that will make him cynical. I very much never want him to be cynical, because he is such a Good person and I am very fond of him.... Blue I am not worried about. She is sane and loved and strong.
Here's what I want to know--is the killer squash song real? (google searching...searching...searching) Sadly, it seem not to exist.
Here's the detail I especially liked--seeing flowers Blue planted from an unexpected POV.
disclaimer: review copy received from the publisher.