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Review: “Blue Lily, Lily Blue,” Maggie Stiefvater

April 26, 2016
Review: “Blue Lily, Lily Blue,” Maggie StiefvaterBlue Lily, Lily Blueby Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Published by Scholastic on October, 2015
Genres: Mythology, Psychics, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 391
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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.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue continues the ever-mysterious Raven Cycle series, giving us few answers to questions that have been burning since book one, but somehow making it so we don’t seem to mind. There are enough twists and surprise developments in this one to keep the book exciting, and as with all Maggie Stiefvater books, it always feels like coming home whenever you open the first page.

 “Blue was perfectly aware that it was possible to have a friendship that wasn’t all-encompassing, that wasn’t blinding, deafening, maddening, quickening. It was just that now that she’d had this kind, she didn’t want the other.”

The first thing I noticed (and was supremely happy about) with Blue Lily, Lily Blue was that there was a lot more Blue. And Gansey. The Dream Thieves focused a lot on Ronan and Adam, so it was great to see the other two take more of a focus this time around. We also got to meet Malory – Gansey’s eccentric English professor.

With the promise of finding Glendower looming closer and closer, our favourite little gang must realise how much is really at stake. There are new threats (Greenmantle), new mysteries (where is Maura?) and inevitably, there are going to be losses. As expected, Blue and the Boys rise to the occasion and work together to protect their loved ones, and ultimately, the adventure they’ve set themselves on. Because, really, what fun would it be to have someone else find Glendower at this point?

 “Gansey turned to Adam, finally. He was still wearing his glorious kingly face, Richard Campbell Gansey III, white knight, but his eyes were uncertain. Is this okay?”

Gansey continues to be my favourite. In Blue Lily, Lily Blue, we see his ‘perfect’ façade slip a little more and it’s surprisingly endearing. Wrapped up in all his ‘Gansey-ness’, our little mother-hen character just wants everyone to be happy and for everyone to find Glendower together. His relationship with Blue takes some heart-melting turns and I can’t help but root for them even though it’s fated to end up disastrous.

Blue is quite a big focus of this book, too. She’s lost without her mother and things at 300 Fox Way don’t feel like they’re meant to. The Gray Man has also stuck around, and it’s great to see him take on a sort of ‘confidante’ role to Blue. While I still don’t relate to Blue a whole lot, I have never found her unlikeable. One thing I admire about Blue is her courage and devotion to those she loves.

Noah – my sweet Noah! – grows increasingly creepy with each book that passes. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is no different and we begin to see how easy it is for Cabeswater and anyone remotely magical to influence him and his behaviour. I somehow don’t see a good ending for Noah, but I hope he manages to stick around and BE HAPPY.

 “Adam was beginning to realize that he hadn’t known Ronan at all. Or rather, he had known part of him and assumed it was all of him.”

As for Ronan, with the appearance of Greenmantle, he’s as determined as ever to exact revenge for his father. We get to see his handle over his abilities as Greywaren improve, as well as learn just how ingenious Ronan is in a bind. The question of Ronan’s sexuality (though it was hinted earlier), which was previously alluded to, is a bit more centre focus in Blue Lily, Lily Blue and really begins to change his relationship with Adam.

Adam, while not a favourite of mine (as previously discussed in earlier reviews) goes through some major character growth in this book. Finally accepting that he’s been an idiot not to accept help from his friends/loved ones, he becomes a bit more of a team player and begins to really embrace his role as Cabeswater’s eyes and hands.

Basically, everyone was great and I love them all. None of you ever be apart from one another!

“Adam understood, then, that Gansey and Blue’s awe changed this place. Ronan and Adam may have seen this place as magical, but Gansey and Blue’s wonder made it holy.”

Plot-wise, Blue Lily, Lily Blue causes me to scratch my head a little. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve read the three books one after the other, but I feel like not much in the grand scheme of things happened. There were a lot of mini-developments, and a few steps in the right direction concerning the hunt for Glendower, but if I had to tell you what the defining ‘plot point’ was, I couldn’t. Am I particularly mad at this, though? Not at all!

With The Raven King JUST over the horizon, I cannot wait to see how all the pieces fall into place. I am hungry for answers and desperate to see who will come out on the other side. I’m putting all my faith into Maggie Stiefvater and her ability to always give me what I want, even if I don’t realise I want it at the time.

Fingers and toes crossed… #saveGansey.

About Maggie Stiefvater

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.


  • Reply Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity April 26, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I am TERRIFIED of The Raven King because I seriously want every character in this series to end up happy. I’m so scared for Gansey, because he is DEAD at the beginning of The Raven Boys, and Maggie keeps on tweeting about how he’ll die *weeping* I’m also scared for Noah, because he is just a precious darling, and I don’t want to see him change or disappear. I am excited, however, about Ronan and Adam, because I want them to get together SO BADLY. It’s ridiculous. And Blue – I hope everything turns out okay for Blue <3
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  • Reply Joy // Joyousreads April 26, 2016 at 9:18 am

    I’m so glad you’ve recently given this series a chance. It took a while before I caught on myself, but the best thing about that is that you’re able to read them in succession without having to wait for any instalments. Love, love Blue and Gansey; Adam and Ronan. Honestly, I need some romance to happen soon! Lol.

  • Reply Sarah @ Kerosene Lit April 26, 2016 at 4:28 am

    Reading this makes me wish I loved this series. I want to be involved in the fandom XD. I read up to The Dream Thieves, and although I LOVED the characters (Noah was my favourite) I just couldn’t wrap my head around the plot. I found it all very confusing. I don’t know if I should try and reread them, or maybe realize they’re not for me. So sad.
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    • Reply Brittany @ Nice Girls Read Books April 28, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Me too! Part of my motivation (other than loving Maggie!) was the fandom. THE FANGIRLS ARE RAMPANT. I loved the characters, too (yay Noah!) and I agree – the plot was a bit confusing, and it never got any clearer! I would urge you to try again, but I know how tough it is when you just can’t connect to a series! <3 I loved it, though!
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