Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle) by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted January 28, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in 2016 Finish the Series Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 6 Comments

Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle) by Maggie StiefvaterBlue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle, #3
Published by Scholastic on 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Other, Love & Romance, Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal
Pages: 391
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
ISBN: 9780545424967
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

Blue 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.

Friends can betray.   Mothers can disappear.

Visions can mislead.

Certainties can unravel.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the third book in Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle. It picks up a few months after Blue’s mother disappeared, and finds the teens on the haunt for Maura. Not only that, but more and more people have come to town in search of the Ley lines and the Greywaren. Now, not only does the gang have to find Maura and Glendower, but they have to fend off other threats and hunters.

I thought The Dream Thieves was my favorite book in the series, but that was before I read Blue Lily. This book was awesome! The guys are all about to graduate high school, and pondering their futures. Not only that, but new alliances change the group’s dynamics. Just when they should feel closer, the gang begins to drift apart. As Blue’s feelings for Gansey become more apparent, the desire for her curse to be wrong grows, and Blue begins to contemplate if maybe she’s wrong about Gansey’s fate. At first I wasn’t sure I was a fan of Blue and Gansey coming together, but now I am. Their forbidden love is heartbreaking, and juxtaposes nicely with the other possible burgeoning romance in the series.

Readers get more inside information into the inner workings of 300 Fox Way, as well as into Adam’s life. Adam isn’t my favorite character in the series, but I enjoyed his development in the novel. I also throughly enjoyed him being partnered up with Ronan. They’ve always have had a combative relationship, but Adam’s transformation is causing him to view Ronan in a different light. It will be interesting to see how their connection develops in the last novel. I have my own wish for these two, but I guess I’ll have to wait and see.

Another aspect of the story I loved was how the stakes for the guys seems to be getting deadlier. As Stiefvater prepares readers for the final installment, I’m left wondering if everyone will make it out of this alive. Bullets are flying, people are dying, and killers abound. This series has taken so many twists and turns, that I can’t wait for the final novel’s, The Raven King, release. I’m hoping for a happily ever after, but I won’t hold my breath.

About Maggie Stiefvater

New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.


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6 responses to “Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle) by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. This series, this series! I’m in love with this series. Maggie Steifvater has this ability to really bring her characters to life and I’m now at the point where I’m both anticipating and dreading the final book. I’m glad you enjoyed this one!

    • @Angelized_1st

      That’s exactly how I feel. I can’t wait to read The Raven King, but I’m terrified it’ll end with me in tears.

    • @Angelized_1st

      Glad you liked the review! I definitely recommend The Raven Cycle. It’s so different, and really unique. Plus, like you said, you won’t have to wait for the series to be completed. That’s part of why I decided to finish it, though I kind of wished I waited until the release date for The Raven King was a bit closer. LOL!

    • @Angelized_1st

      You definitely should! I think it might be my favorite Stiefvater series, and I loved The Wolves of Mercy Falls. Glad you enjoyed the review 🙂

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