Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Raven Cycle Series #3)

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Raven Cycle Series #3)

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by Maggie Stiefvater
     
 

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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

Overview


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.

In a starred review, The Bulletin called The Dream Thieves, the previous book in The Raven Cycle, "a complex web of magical intrigue and heart-stopping action." Now, with Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the web becomes even more complex, snaring readers at every turn.

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Praise for Blue Lily, Lily Blue:

*"Blue Lily, Lily Blue is, simply, a triumph." --Booklist, starred review

*"Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

*"We have not yet finished loving these characters and exploring their world." --The Bulletin, starred review

*"Stiefvater's razor-sharp characterizations, drily witty dialogue, and knack for unexpected metaphors and turns of phrase make for sumptuous, thrilling reading.… Readers will snap up the final installment the second it's available." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

*"The prose is crisp and dazzling and the dialogue positively crackles." --School Library Journal, starred review

Praise for The Dream Thieves:

* "Richly written and filled with figurative language . . . this story of secrets and dreams, of brothers and of all-too-real magic is an absolute marvel of imagination and an irresistible invitation to wonder." --Booklist, starred review

* "Mind-blowingly spectacular . . . Stiefvater's careful exploration of class and wealth and their limitations and opportunities astounds with its sensitivity and sophistication. The pace is electric, the prose marvelously sure-footed and strong, but it's the complicated characters . . . that meld magic and reality into an engrossing, believable whole." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "A paranormal thriller . . . this installment [is] more tense and foreboding than its predecessor -- and every bit as gripping." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "A complex web of magical intrigue and heartstopping action." --The Bulletin, starred review

* "Readers who want a moody chill and appreciate an atmospheric turn of phrase will want to spend more time in Henrietta." --School Library Journal, starred review

Praise for The Raven Boys:

"Stiefvater is a master storyteller." --USA Today

"A dizzying paranormal romance tinged with murder and Welsh mythology." --The Los Angeles Times

* "Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "A tour de force . . . such a memorable read." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "One unexpected and wonderful surprise after another . . . a marvel of imagination." -- Booklist, starred review

* "The Raven Boys is an incredibly rich and unique tale, a supernatural thriller of a different flavor. . . . Fans have been salivating for Stiefvater's next release and The Raven Boys delivers." --School Library Journal, starred review

"Equal parts thriller and mystery, with a measured dash of romance sprinkled on top . . . Maggie has woven such a unique, intriguing narrative that I struggled for comparisons." -- MTV.com

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 2012 Blue Ribbons list

VOYA, February 2015 (Vol. 37, No. 6) - Lisa A. Hazlett
This third entry of The Raven Cycle (The Raven Boys [Scholastic, 2012] and The Dream Thieves [Scholastic, 2013/Voya October 2013]) begins three months after Maura, Blue’s mother, disappears. Now autumn (each book covers a season), Maura’s continued absence causes the Raven Boys—Gansey, Ronan and Adam—to search for her while continuing their search for the tomb of Glendower, an ancient Welsh king and real-life head of the royal Tudor line. This camaraderie signifies Blue’s acceptance into the boys’ tightly knit group, and she relishes finally having true friends and a sense of belonging. Other plot leaps are Blue and Gansey’s romance progression, and Colin Greenmantle, the menacing villain who threatens them all, appearing as the boys’ Latin teacher. The group discovers a cave, presumably with Glendower’s coffin inside, guarded by a peculiar mountain man, but when the cave opens, it instead awakens Glendower’s daughter, who has surprises for each character. More formidable events are ahead, as all have anticipated their gains from finding Glendower but have not considered possible losses. This atmospheric fantasy is far more character driven than the former book, with increased and especially satisfying interactions among players. Moreover, all possess such droll humor that even antagonists are startlingly likable. The book’s luminous and lively prose takes unanticipated paths, some new and surprising, with others connecting to previous events, demonstrating meticulous plot design. This could be read independently, but its dense sophistication seems better served by series familiarity. As anticipated, the ending’s final shocking twist should keep fans hanging until 2015’s final entry. Reviewer: Lisa A. Hazlett; Ages 12 to 18.
Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
In this third title of the “Raven Cycle” series, loosely based on old Welsh legends, Blue Sargent is an outsider, parentless and living with an assortment of unrelated adults in Henrietta, Virginia. She has been accepted into the inner circle of a quartet of boys who attend a nearby private school. Students at this school, Aglionby, are called “Ravens.” The four boys are hunting for the tomb of an ancient Welsh king, Owen Glendower, thought to lie in relationship to a ley line running through Henrietta. The prize for disinterring him is the granting of a favor. One of the locations they explore is a cave, Cabeswater, that communicates mystically with Blue and the boys. Cabeswater figures in the search both for Glendower and for Blue’s mother, Maura, who has disappeared mysteriously. The world-building integral to fantasy, and developed in the first two novels, needs to be repeated here to some extent in order to prevent confusion. Stiefvater’s strengths are snappy dialogue, unusual turns of phrases, and descriptive language. In this audiobook, narrator Patton is very skilled and the different voices he brings to the narration are of immense help in distinguishing the characters. But the story trajectory, transitions between characters dialogue, and the interaction between real world elements and fantasy elements need more work. These weaknesses are especially troublesome in an audiobook where the listener is unable to search back and forth through the pages in an attempt to figure things out. Readers would be wise to begin with the first of the Raven Cycle books, The Raven Boys, in order to get the most out of this fantasy series. Reviewer: Hazel Buys; Ages 14 up.
School Library Journal
★ 11/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Having inhaled the first two installments in this thrilling series about four Virginia schoolboys on a quest to find a legendary Welsh king, teens will be anxious to see where Stiefvater next leads Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah. The volume picks up directly after The Dream Thieves (Scholastic, 2013) and the quest takes some bizarre and dangerous twists. Blue Sargent and the psychically talented women of 300 Fox Way take center stage this time. Blue's mother Maura has disappeared, and it's not immediately clear if she wants to be found. Despite the fact that "time and space were bathtubs that Maura splashed in," Blue and Mr. Gray, Maura's ex-hitman boyfriend, begin to think she's underground and in trouble. Informed by several mystical and live sources that there are three ancient sleepers in the nearby mountain caves, one of which is not to be awakened, the young people are hurled toward a subterranean encounter of the weirdest kind. Throughout, the prose is crisp and dazzling and the dialogue positively crackles. The supernatural elements—magic, a mirrored lake, an evil curse, the appearance of Owen Glendower's 600-year-old daughter—are completely organic and suspension of disbelief is effortless due to the nuanced and affecting characterization. Blue and the Raven Boys come into their own over the course of the novel and realize their individual strengths and the power of their collective bonds, making them unstoppable. It's a good thing, because it seems as though all hell is about to break loose in the final volume.—Luann Toth, School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545424974
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/29/2015
Series:
Raven Cycle Series , #3
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
17,580
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in The Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and the second book, The Dream Thieves, wasn an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She is also an artist and musician. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Disquietus More than 1 year ago
SQUASH ONE, SQUASH TWO (sorry I am tormented by not being able to actually listen to this song) Somebody on Twitter, I think it was Gillian, referred to this book as Blue Feels, Feels Blue and yes yes very much agree. THIS BOOK PUNCHED ME RIGHT IN THE FEELS YOU GUYS. Days later I am still reeling from the sheer emotion it pulled out of me (THIS IS NOT AN EASY THING TO DO. I have a cold black heart). Somewhere in the midst of reading Dream Thieves I became emotionally invested in these characters in a way I haven't felt since Harry Potter (or that vampire series none of us want to admit we loved). The kind of deep attachment that lets me know I will be haunted and wishing for more from them for years and years after their story concludes. Blue Lily, Lily Blue only served to solidify those feelings in the best way possible. Everything about this book was sheer perfection. The writing is gloriously beautiful and just speaks to my soul. There is really no other way to describe how perfect and engrossing it is. Maggie Stiefvater's prose is just utterly masterful. And the plot? The plot is insane. SO. MUCH. HAPPENS. I obviously can't go into specifics without spoiling it but SERIOUSLY I JUST. HOWWWWWWW???? HOW DOES ANYONE'S MIND CREATE SUCH A WONDERFULLY DETAILED STORY AND JUST KEEP MAKING THINGS EVEN MORE EXCITING AND TERRIFYING AND JUST. I honestly have no idea what to expect from book 4. I have lots of theories (most of them the wild conjectures brought on by an insane mind) but really just no idea how it's all going to end and that is both terrifying and exhilarating. As wonderful and creative the writing and plot are, the characters are everything. I cannot talk about them enough. They have taken over my life. I am pretty sure they are all me and the BFF have talked about via text for the last week. Seriously. My phone even autocorrects Gansey and Ronan's names to all caps. Even the mere mention of Ronan anywhere causes me to go into a rabid frenzy of glorious feels and capslock. He is my everything. Of course to say that Ronan is my favorite is only to mean that if he were to suddenly die in the final book I would be 0.000000000000001% more saddened than I would be if Blue, Noah, Gansey or Adam were to die. (GANSEY IS NOT DYING OKAY I DON'T CARE WHAT STIEFVATER SAID I REFUSE TO ACCEPT SUCH A REALITY). These characters are just so REAL. Even the secondary characters are gloriously developed and full of spark and personality. Calla is just a treasure. AND JESSE AND THE GREY MAN AND MAURA AND PERSEPHONE. I just can't with this series and these characters. THEY ARE LIFE. My favorite part about the characterization in <strong>Blue Lily, Lily Blue</strong> is how much these characters grow in this book, and how we see that growth through the way the other characters observe this, especially Blue and Gansey &amp; Adam and Ronan. We see the best and worst of these characters through the lenses of their friends eyes. Really, Nikki put it so much better than me when she said in her review: &quot;One thing I love about all of them is that we learn about them through each others&rsquo; eyes  &mdash; not our own eyes, not really from some third-person describing them to us, but we learn the most telling things about them as they learn about each other.&quot; The friendship these five characters share is just so perfect you guys. They have the kind of bond amongst them that everyone dreams of having with another person. I think Ronan broke my feels the most when he says &quot;...Do you understand? If they die, I die, too.&quot; BECAUSE IT'S JUST SO ACCURATE. (also if any of them die I will die too okay shhhhh I am not being melodramatic). Of course the paragraph that starts out with &quot;But what she didn't realize about Blue and her boys was that they were all in love with one another.&quot; is also great and perfect and probably my favorite paragraph in the entire series. These five characters share such a glorious all-encompassing friendship that it becomes as consuming for the reader as it is for them. Even the tiny insignificant moments involving Ronan and Blue, Noah and Gansey, or Adam and whoever had me falling apart with the glory of their love for each other. WE CAN'T EVEN TALK ABOUT RONAN AND GANSEY BECAUSE UGH MY FEELS AND THEY ARE THE CUTEST BFFs OF ALL THE BFFs. AND MY SHIPS OMG YOU GUYS MY SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIPS. They each have so many great moments together and I JUST. I CAN'T WITH THE CAN'T AND THE FEEELS AND IF I DON'T GET FACE SMOOSHING IN BOOK 4 I WILL DIE FROM DROWNING IN MY OWN TEARS. I can't say anything too specific about them because SPOILERS but lets just say all my favorite moments involve late night phone calls, undrinkable teas, Pig and mint leaves and mountain drives and hands on knees and secret plots and The Barns and casual looks filled with practiced disinterest that is incomplete and shopping carts and churches and JUST MY FEELS CANNOT HANDLE HOW MUCH I NEED THESE SHIPS TO SAIL. This book made me laugh and cry and scream OMG literally out loud and frantically text Nikki incessantly about all of the feels. GUYS THIS BOOK EVEN MADE ME FINALLY LOVE ADAM. He is finally starting to get it and grow up and now I just want to hug him. ALSO NEED MORE NOAH OKAY. These books never have enough Noah. So basically if you love gorgeous prose, amazingly developed characters, and shippy feels this book/series is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything supernatural seems perfectly plausible when placed next to such real, flawed, perfect, realistic characters that I love and miss terribly when the story is over. Maggie Stiefvater never disappoints.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Lots and lots of stars and a spoiler free review: Blue hasn't looked back since taking up the strange quest that has consumed four Raven Boys. Since then Gansey, Adam, Noah, and even Ronan, have amazingly become her best friends. What first seemed like disparate priorities and an absurd alliance has since blossomed into the strongest friendship Blue has ever known. Their friendship isn't the only thing to have changed since the search started. Some bonds have strengthened while others have threatened to break. Dreams have offered as much wonder as terror. And family, it turns out, can mean all kinds of things. But as Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah come closer and closer to the end of their search all of them have to wonder what will come next. With so much to gain from finding what they are seeking, none of them--maybe especially Blue--has thought hard enough about how much there is to lose in Blue Lily, Lily Blue (2014) by Maggie Stiefvater. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the third book in Stiefvater's widely acclaimed Raven Boys Cycle. It is preceded by The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves. Although this book is the third in a four book series it works surprisingly well on its own with references to key events in previous books and a larger focus on both old and new characters. This story picks up about a month after the events of The Dream Thieves. Stiefvater offers another atmospheric fantasy filled with wry humor and unforgettable characters ranging from the protagonists readers have come to love to antagonists who are indecently likable. Lyrical, spirited prose moves along this character-driven story as we learn more about all of the major (and even some of the minor) players in this tale. New problems--and losses--ensure that Blue Lily, Lily Blue will stand on its own merit outside of the (many) strengths of the Raven Boys Cycle. This installment also continues to keep the ongoing plot of the series fresh and exciting as nothing in this story is quite what readers will expect. Blue Lily, Lily Blue also reaffirms the ties between these unlikely friends and the strength that can be found in such powerful bonds. While all of the characters grapple with what they know and do not know, both about themselves and their search, this novel cleverly celebrates the hidden depths to be found in all of their relationships. This book goes in unexpected directions and circles back to events from the first book in a seamless manner that highlights how carefully this cycle is plotted. While Blue Lily, Lily Blue necessarily leaves unanswered questions it is a satisfying novel that strikes just the right chord between forward plot development and closure for this installment. *This book was acquired for review from the publisher*
tpolen More than 1 year ago
I can always count on the books in The Raven Cycle series to take me on an exciting adventure, spend some time with wonderful characters that feel like friends, have some laughs, and be completely enchanted by the writing.  As I finished this book I was beyond excited to realize there would be another!  Guess I got so used to trilogies, I just expected The Raven Cycle would be also, but as long as Ms. Stiefvater keeps wring these books, I'll be there to read them because I'm totally enamored with every character in this series, not just the Raven Boys. Our characters are still continuing their quest for Glendower, with the help of Gansey's friend, Malory,  and dealing with the disappearance of Blue's mother, while Ronan and Adam learn more about their 'abilities'.  Mr. Gray, easily the most charming hit man I've ever come across, is also there to lend a hand when needed and provide Blue with some emotional support.  Gansey's fate is still uncertain, as is his relationship with Blue, and the two share some intense moments, but that wasn't the primary focus of this story.   As always, the newest book in this magical series completely captivated me and The Raven Cycle is something I'm sure I'll eventually go back and reread because with at least a year between books, I forget some things; however, I know there will always be an emphasis on friendship, family, loyalty, mystery and wonder - but also a car named Pig, a raven named Chainsaw, and now, a dog named Dog. This review was based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
Lylias 4 days ago
I just couldn't submerge myself too much on this one. Yet, I am in love with Gansey's and Blue's growing relationship
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HowUsefulItIs 3 months ago
About: Blue Lily, Lily Blue, 391 pages, is a fiction novel written by Maggie Stiefvater. It was published in 10/21/2014 by Scholastic Press. The genres are fantasy, paranormal, young adult, and magic. There are 4 books in The Raven Cycle series: 1. The Raven Boys, 2. The Dream Thieves, 3. Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and 4. The Raven King. This author lives in Virginia and has written a few other books. The book setting is also in Virginia. She won awards for these books. My Experience: I started reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue on 8/2/16 and finished it on 8/7/16. This book started out interesting, up until half of the book and then it gets boring. Truly boring because I just read for the sake of reading. It gets boring by dragging out about the search, introducing new characters, and things happening without evidence. As pointed out, Gansey has lots of books and the professor complimented him of being a good researcher, so then why Gansey and his friends go waking up sleepers without knowing who they are before they are woken up. Piper, a stay-at-home and not a model wife, why is she playing any role in searching? Guess we’ll know about her in the final book of the series. I feel the events in this book just go on and on without planning and then the characters just know what it is when comes to it rather than strategizing ahead of time. The cover of the book is cool, like the first two books, but this book fail to interest me more than the first two. As much as the friends analyze each other, they sure don’t analyze their search as much this time around. The romance is bland and humor is hardly there. The ending of the second book about Ronan’s secrets toyed with us that there may be something more in this book, but there isn’t. This book lack excitement. Sometimes I read through paragraphs and had no idea what I was reading. Nothing jumps out and grab me. Pro: the title of the book is mentioned in the book, which is nice Con: dull moments, dragging, lack of research and planning, ***Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from my local public library and my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com
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jcsbookhaven 9 months ago
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 underway. 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. Conclusion 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. *Originally given 4 1/2 stars at JC's Book Haven
ShopeSS More than 1 year ago
That ending?! I need The Raven Kings like yesterday. Maggie keeps drawing the reader into her books even deeper with each book she writes in The Raven Cycle series. Her writing is impeccable and the world she weaves with her stories is amazing. I didn't think it was possible to love the characters even more with each book. This is definitely my favorite in the series so far!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To call this series Young Adult must mean I am still young at 56. I have read almost all of Maggie's books and each one is better than the last. Make sure to read them all. Brilliant Maggie, Maggie Brilliant! ~*~LEB~*~
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chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I’ve been a big fan of author Maggie Stiefvater ever since I read her Wolves of Mercy Falls novels. Her Raven Boys have been characters who have always managed to be trapped in the back of my mind. The storyline that makes up her Raven Cycle novels is one filled with the supernatural and adventure. Blue Lily, Lily Blue takes place exactly where The Dream Thieves left off as Blue and the Raven Boys delve deeper into their pursuit of Glendower. As a new figure enters Aglionby, it’s made evident to both the Raven Boys and Blue that as a the school year begins again, things will never be the same. With Blue’s mother still missing, it becomes increasingly difficult to track her down while also focusing on the undefined relationship between both she and Gansey. One that could most likely end in Gansey’s death. As Blue and the Raven Boys uncover new information, they begin to question all that they have. Betrayal lurks nearer than they know. And Glendower is closer to them now than ever before. Right off the bat, what I loved most about Blue Lily, Lily Blue was finally getting to see more Gansey/Blue moments. I’ve shipped these two together ever since reading The Raven Boys. The forbidden flare to their relationship is expanded on and (more importantly) the will they won’t they tension grows. Readers who are big fans of the Blue/Gansey dynamic and who are dying to find out if Gansey will make it out of the series unscathed will die while reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Not to mention there are more Ronan/Adam interactions that left me feeling completely elated. Love those two. By far, Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the best novel in the series. The entire story is fast-paced and leaves readers wondering what will happen next. More supernatural elements are implemented into the story and the plot most definitely thickens. A new antagonist is thrown into the mix in the form of Greenmantle. However the question behind who the real antagonist of the story is isn’t answered until the novel reaches its climax—and leaves us with an ending that has readers hanging off the edge of their seats. Greenmantle is a force to be reckoned with and his history and interactions with the Grey Man are intriguing beyond all belief. As always, Stiefvater’s prose in the Raven Cycle novels is heavy with descriptions. In the past novels I found that typically it slowed down the pacing of the novel and left my attention wavering. While there were still instances of that in Blue Lily, Lily Blue I will say that the way that the novel is written has gotten better. It got me invested in the story. It made me emotional. It left me flipping pages desperately to find out what’s happening next to Blue and our Raven Boys. And that ending! A series of cliff-hangers that are certainly going to keep me waiting for more. I think everyone who has read Blue Lily, Lily Blue can agree that whatever comes next for Blue and the Raven Boys is definitely not going to be good. I feel that the series story is finally unfolding and preparing readers for another epic installment that will blow our expectations away. I would recommend the Raven Cycle novels to readers who are fans of the supernatural, readers who are fans of Stiefvater’s previous novels, and to readers who are looking for a world that you can drown in.
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Chancie More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved it! It had all the same magic, adventure, and creepiness as the first book. I was pretty unimpressed with The Dream Thieves at first (took me a while to appreciate and like it), but this one immediately had my attention, and I was addicted. Many of the scenes were intense with high tension, and even more, our characters are changing/growing even more. I cannot wait for the next and final book. Things are leading up to a very exciting conclusion.
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Great read, spectacular story telling
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One of the best (if not the best) YA series you'll ever read; plain & simple.
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lg22 More than 1 year ago
So good!
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majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
Non spoiler section for the whole series: I absolutely loved The Raven Boys. Actually, I didn't just love it, but I was obsessed with it. After reading The Dream Thieves (the sequel), I knew this will be a memorable and fantastic series. The one year wait was absolutely worth it for Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Maggie Stiefvater's ability to create such an intricate and complicated world with such remarkable and unique characters astounds me. Blue Lily, Lily Blue did not disappoint one bit, even with my built up expectations of one year. The Raven Cycle's fantastical element is so complicated, and I sometimes feel I am grasping it with the tips of my fingers, that explaining it would be a losing battle. However, I must ask you to trust me because it is brilliant. Even though half the time I don't understand what's going on (it is the type of series that the more you reread, the better your understanding of it becomes) I love every second of the fantasy aspect. I love how the characters are so dedicated and immersed in it all. I love that even though it is set in the contemporary world, slivers of fantasy make their way on every page. It is a very refreshing series. This book, while giving us many answers, dumped double that amount with more questions. It is very exciting when a series, already on its third book, is keeping you anticipation as well as excited on what will happen next. I am sad to know that it will only end with four books. All the characters will be sadly missed.   Spoiler section (might contain spoilers of books #1 and #2: Delving more into the events of Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Stiefvater jumped right into the plot line and even sprinted while we had to catch up to her. Out of the four Raven Boys, my least favorite has become Adam, I mean look at how he was in the previous book! he infuriated me. However, BLLB totally redeemed his character for me. I loved loved loved his developing friendship with Ronan. The two people I least expect to stand each other are becoming friends! (even though they deny it to each other). Adam's character arc definitely developed the most in this book. It truly makes me happy. We still get glimpses of the old Adam, the one swimming in a pool of jealousy because the other boys are rich while he isn't, however those moments and short and fleeting.  Gansey is my favorite character by far, and I loved that there were more chapters dedicated to him here than there was in The Dream Thieves. I admire Gansey and the way he thinks as well as his selflessness and his encompassing love for all his friends. He reminds me a bit of Chuck Bass (from Gossip Girl), without the cockiness and bad personality. Gansey and Blue's scenes definitely made me swoon! those two are hilarious and sweet together. Another character worth noting is Mr.Grey. It is so surprising that a character we hated in the first book is now part of the group and a beloved character. I really like Mr.Grey, especially his chats with Blue and Blue's aunts. Those are some hilarious scenes.    The Raven Boys is still my favorite of the series but Blue Lily, Lily Blue comes close in second. The sequence of events were very thrilling and I loved meeting new characters while knowing more about ley lines and Welsh kings. This book definitely contained more humorous scenes than the previous two.