Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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

Published: October 21, 2014 by Scholastic Press
Genre: YA, Paranormal Fantasy
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Goodreads Summary

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.

The Good

This one provided a closer look at Blue. I think she's the character that makes the others see the truths in themselves even when they don't want to. They all think about what Blue sees when she looks at them. In a way, this has made us able to know the other characters more clearly, but Blue was a little more shielded from us. I'm really glad we got a more in depth look at Blue and what motivates her. I also enjoyed seeing Gansey lose his cool. Gansey is this character that is so hard to describe. Everyone likes him and everyone trusts him. They all look to him to have the answers, and while he's generally a solid presence, he has an absolute freak out moment. I was happy to see him effected so much and have to rely on the others.

It was also nice to see the action move up a little and the search for Glendower get more underaway. It's starting to feel more real and intense and you can feel that the prophecies from the first book are just around the corner. They find out about three sleepers and one they must wake and one they must not. Why can't they wake them? What will happen if they do? The little mysteries inside make the story that much more interesting.

The Bad

Stiefvater doesn't write something without a meaning behind it, but I can't for the life of me figure out what purpose Gansey's old professor friend Mallory and his Dog served in the story. I guess we'll figure that out more later. The Greenmantle couple that comes along as well are so odd and contradictory, and calling a character 'odd' in this book is saying something as they are all quite unique. While that's not 'bad' none of these characters grew on me yet.

The Romance

Oh there's quite a bit of want all around and on different fronts, but there's nothing being attained at the moment.


This series is like nothing I've ever read. I never know where it's going. Even if I do have a hint, there are always little surprises and mysteries hidden within. I am a big fan of the in-depth look at such great characters. I look forward to seeing where this series goes from here.

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