Early Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

October 20, 2014 Review 1

Early Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie StiefvaterBlue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle
Published by Scholastic Press on October 21, 2014
Genres: Romantic, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Source: NetGalley
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: References to sex.
Reviewed by: Julia
4 Stars

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.

Reminiscent of the many threads introduced in THE RAVEN BOYS, BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE once again widens the lens of this world to follow oh so many stories at once.  With more of a focus on action than relationships, BLUE LILY covers significant ground, and yet, feels paradoxically shorter than its predecessors.  Perhaps because there is still so much waiting on the other side of its cliff hanger ending.

Plumbing the depths of the ley line, Gansey and his friends and their family and their enemies confront inexplicable magic at every turn.  More than the story of Blue and her raven boys, equal importance is given to Moira and Mr. Grey's sundered love affair, to the motivations and depravity of the Greenmantle, and to portents and possibilities of what is to come.  No matter how many allies work together, however, this part of the series is fraught with risk and uncertainty.  There is no right answer, no amount of preparation that guarantees safety, and yet still they continue onward.

At the start of this series, the thought of Blue's curse or Gansey's death seemed unbearable. Here in BLUE LILY, danger is so thick and present that Gansey's sacrifice or a lost love feels terribly possible...and not the least of the risk.  While not quite as singularly focused as THE DREAM THIEVES, BLUE LILY ramps up the urgency of The Raven Cycle, and reminds us that what comes next will not be simple, easy, or without pain.

Series Titles:
  1. The Raven Boys - 4/5
  2. The Dream Thieves - 5/5
More Reviews: Similar Titles:
  • For another YA heroine that faces incredible odds, both against her survival and her happiness, try Holly Black's The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.
  • For a more historical feel to Stiefvater's writing, but with all the magic and romance, try The Scorpio Races.

One Response to “Early Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. Mina

    I just finished the book and I loved it. I was virtually held captive in this hauntingly beautiful and sad world, with those wonderfully drawn characters…
    Ups, I’m gushing. But really, I’m such a fan. It’s a rare thing to not have a single clue as to what will happen in the end of the series. I mean, will he die or not? Will someone else in his stead? It excites and terrifies me. And again, I’m gushing…