Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: The Raven Cycle (Book #3)
Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover, 391 Pages
ISBN-10: 0545424968 (Scholastic)
ISBN-13: 978-0545424967 (Scholastic)
Reviewed by: Michelle
There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.
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.
Quick & Dirty: A dangerously addictive read in magic, myth, and love.
Opening Sentence: Persephone stood on the bare mountaintop, her ruffled ivory dress whipping around her legs, her masses of white-blond curls streaming behind her.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater is the third, and in my opinion highly anticipated, book of The Raven Cycle series. After reading The Dream Thieves, and that amazing ending, a reader who follows the series can’t help but die for this book. And as I was given early access by the awesome people at Scholastic, I couldn’t contain my enthusiasm. But let me be truthful – I was filled with anxiety over Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Let me tell you why. And I will attempt to not reveal anything filled with spoilers, but it may not be so easy. Fair warning to you.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue begins shortly after where The Dream Thieves left off. Many secrets have been revealed, and Adam, Ronan, Gansey, and Noah are all in the thick of the mystery of Cabeswater. New characters are introduced, and some mentioned by name only. Diabolical plots thicken, added with delicious twists and turns. “Friends can betray. Mothers can disappear. Visions can mislead. Certainties can unravel.” That is the perfect summary of Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Going in, you cannot assume you know what is about to happen, because when you least expect it, Stiefvater will just change it on you.
Blue Sargent finally tells her story, at least the story that I as a reader was dying for. Blue has the sass of a southern belle, but the snark of someone much more. Her upbringing is the perfect flavor for her personality, and her loyalty is unmeasurable. I love who Blue represents and how she becomes a foundation for The Raven Boys. She shines in this book, and I got to see much more of who she really is.
While each book has thus far showcased a specific character, the world that each book has revolved around also changes. With The Raven Boys, we had the introduction of Henrietta, Cabeswater, and the ley line. With The Dream Thieves, we delve further into the ley line, but also are introduced to the world within dreams. And with Blue Lily, Lily Blue, we learn about something darker that ties in all the previous places. 300 Fox Way isn’t just an address, but it’s a world entirely on its own. As for the rest of Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the setting is no longer about a place, but more of a what. As a reader, I got a larger picture of the world; definitely much larger than the characters or the reader has known so far. Every little bit of information within Blue Lily, Lily Blue revealed so much more. Darker? Yes. A little terrifying? Definitely. Awesome? Oh yes.
Stiefvater knows how to write a story, the world and its culture, and the characters that belong in them. Each character, from Gansey and Adam, to Ronan, Noah, and Blue, have all played an integral part of the series. We have different point-of-views from the characters, but it was never too much or too little. They all had their parts to play in this obsession that we have become to love as The Raven Cycle. As a reader, I have become to know these characters. As a fan, I have learned to live with these characters. And as someone who reads, I have pictured every detail pertaining to this story that I cannot even fathom a moment without it.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue surprised me. I was fortunate enough to have the time to reread The Raven Boys and The Dream Boys prior to reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Every detail from the previous two books were fresh. And the words, pages, chapters that I read in Blue Lily, Lily Blue shocked me. From the new elements to the terrific details, it felt like a thriller, forcing me to anticipate what was on the next page. If I was a nail-biter from being anxious, I probably wouldn’t have any nails left. But from within all of that, I laughed and I simply enjoyed. A good book is hard to put down, and Blue Lily, Lily Blue was fantastic.
I highly urge you to read Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. You will not regret it.
An unfamiliar voice chanted in her head, strident and wry and sing-song:
“Queens and kings
Kings and queens
Blue lily, lily blue
Crowns and birds
Swords and things
Blue lily, lily blue”
Suddenly, she focused. She was calla again.
Now she saw what Maura had seen: three sleepers – light, dark and in between. The knowledge that Artemus was underground. The certainty that no one was coming out of those coverns unless fetched. The realization that Blue and her friends were part of something huger, something vast and stretching and slowly waking —
The Raven Cycle Series:
FTC Advisory: Scholastic provided me with a copy of Blue Lily, Lily Blue. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.