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

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The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.
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Overview


The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.
 
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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 09/15/2014
Tension escalates in Henrietta, Va. (as does the body count), in the third of four titles in Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle, following The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves. Gansey’s elderly British mentor, Malory, is just one of the new arrivals in town (he’s certainly among the more benevolent) as Gansey, Blue, Adam, Ronan, and Noah continue to seek out the tomb of the ancient Welsh king Glendower. Adam and Blue are growing into their respective supernatural abilities, and while important discoveries are unearthed (literally) as the group’s search takes them into treacherous caves, the teenagers’ complicated relationships with their parents and family—whether living, dead, or mysteriously vanished—play a large role in pushing this story forward. As in the previous books, Stiefvater’s razor-sharp characterizations, drily witty dialogue, and knack for unexpected metaphors and turns of phrase make for sumptuous, thrilling reading. Curses, grisly secret plots, and romantic uncertainties leave Blue and company’s future feeling more fragile than ever. A brutal cliffhanger ensures that readers will snap up the final installment the second it’s available. Ages 14–up. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Oct.)
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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

From the Publisher

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

Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-08-27
As the Raven Boys grow closer to their goal of finding the Welsh king Glendower, not surprisingly, problems arise in this third book of a planned four-volume series. Blue Sargent's mother has been missing for three months, leaving behind only a cryptic note. She's gone underground in search of her former lover, Blue's dad. Her ex-hit man boyfriend is the only person besides Blue who seems concerned. Meanwhile, the Raven Boys—Gansey, Adam and Ronan, with ghostly Noah now struggling to appear corporeal—and Blue find a mysterious cave guarded by an Appalachian mountain man; inside is indeed an ancient Welsh coffin. Despite Adam's new understanding that there are three buried sleepers, two to wake, one to leave sleeping, they open the lid, and out pops Gwenllian, the perhaps-not-asleep but long-buried daughter of Glendower. Friend or foe? Oh, and the person who hired the hit man is the boys' new Latin teacher. Stiefvater weaves these separate threads together with a sure hand until magic seems expected yet never commonplace, always shimmering under the surface. Most credible and moving are the slow maturations of her characters—Adam comes to measure his worth in something other than money; Blue secretly phones Gansey in the night. If she kisses her true love, he will die.Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close. (Fantasy. 14 & up)
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545424967
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/21/2014
  • Series: Raven Cycle Series , #3
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 10,462
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the novels SHIVER, LINGER, and FOREVER. Her novel THE SCORPIO RACES was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association, while PUBLISHERS WEEKLY selected Maggie's THE RAVEN BOYS as a Best Book of the Year. She is also the author of LAMENT and BALLAD. Maggie lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.
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  • Posted October 25, 2014

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    SQUASH ONE, SQUASH TWO (sorry I am tormented by not being able t

    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’ eyes  — 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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 15, 2014

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  • Posted February 20, 2015

    So good!

    So good!

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    Posted December 30, 2014

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  • Posted December 28, 2014

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    Beautiful cover

    This is more 4.5 for me. Also did anyone thought of that Fantasia bit with the forest lady when they saw this cover? And it really is a beautiful eye catching cover. The covers so far in this series have been just that. Thank you for that.

    While I didn't love go all fangirl on this like the last two. I still enjoyed it. Sure its weird, confusing, random and quirky all in one like the others, there was moments where I was like, is it just me or are these characters a bit off at times, by that I mean, the three, Blue Adam and Gansey.

    I will say that I think I started liking Ronon more here even though I did like him a little in the other books. But here, it seemed he was the most sane and well, had the right idea, what with the moments when the gang was at the cave. I was like, no guys he's talking sense for once, well, he has before but in his own Ronon way. If that makes sense.

    Then there's Gray Man. You aren't sure if you should like him or not. Also I couldn't help but imagine him as Hugh Jackman, maybe it had to do with his likable charisma or something. I don't know.

    Anyway, I kind of liked but didn't love LOVE this. But you could say I do in some moments and other moments I wasn't sure what was going on and got confused. But that's just part of the charm with this series.

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  • Posted December 11, 2014

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    Non spoiler section for the whole series: I absolutely loved The

    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. 

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  • Posted December 9, 2014

    The cover is creepy

    The cover is creepy

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Amazing.

    Brilliant book. Can not wait for the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2014

    I love Stiefvater

    Keep the stories coming Maggie.

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  • Posted November 8, 2014

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    First off, I need to say that I'm not a BIG fan of The Raven Cyc

    First off, I need to say that I'm not a BIG fan of The Raven Cycle. I really like it, but I don't love it. The characters and writing are amazing, but I've never been invested in the plot enough to become a fan. My rating is only half a star lower than what I rated The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves, so don't take it as a sign that I was disappointed in this book.

    I didn't like this book as much as the first two, partly because it took me so long to read (over three weeks). One day, I paused reading and decided to pick other books up instead for a little while. Some of my connection to the story was lost during that time and I became even less invested in the plot than in the previous two books.

    However, I loved the characters. Blue was probably my favorite, though I could easily call Ronan my favorite too. If you already love the characters, you'll continue to love them. If you haven't met the characters yet, trust me, Stiefvater has does a great job creating and developing them.

    I liked the magic. It got pretty bizarre, and although I didn't always understand what the heck was happening, it felt like it was executed well. The magic in this series is definitely no the kind found in most books. 

    Overall, I didn't LOVE this one, but I did like reading it. The author is quite talented, even though I didn't like the plot as much as the other parts of the book. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment in this series!

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Posted October 31, 2014

    I can always count on the books in The Raven Cycle series to tak

    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.

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  • Posted October 30, 2014

    With a mesmerizing writing style and characters I wish I knew, t

    With a mesmerizing writing style and characters I wish I knew, this third book in The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater enchanted me just as much as the first two. I thought Blue Lily, Lily Blue was the last book of a trilogy until I got to its final pages and it became clear there is still more story to come, a very happy discovery. 

    I have a special fondness for non-magical characters in magical stories so I was thrilled to find that a lot of this book revolves around Blue, a relatively normal teenager in an all-female family of eccentric psychic women. Blue lives in the small town Virginia and almost against her will has become close friends with a disparate coterie of four boys (one wealthy, one poor, one plagued  by living nightmares, and one dead) from the ritzy private school she’s spent most of her life distaining. Their quest to find and wake an ancient Welsh king continues, but other things keep getting in the way. Gansey’s hosting a fusty British ley line expert, Adam’s got his violent father to deal with, Ronan’s trying to protect his younger brother, Noah’s having a hard time staying corporal, and Blue’s mother is off on some kind of  adventure of her own, maybe to locate the father Blue’s never seen, leaving Blue to wonder if it’s time to start worrying about her.

    Stiefvater manages to make me believe that all her wonderful characters with strange abilities (like manifesting objects out of dreams or communicating with forces of primeval magic) are flesh and blood real--even Noah who’s dead and wavers in and out of existence feels authentic. It’s an immersive, bewitching story and I’m very glad it’s not over.

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  • Posted October 21, 2014

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    awesome

    I'm really liking the series so far. It's cool, it's different, and at times it's out there. Sometimes it did seem like it was written in riddles. Not that it was bad just confusing at times. I did have to re-read some pages over to understand what the hell I just read though. Ha, ha.

    The characters are still something else. Noah is not quite Noah at times in the book. Ronan is trying something different than what he's used to doing and I think it will be a big part in the following book. Adam is not so feisty in this book. I totally liked him better especially since I didn't dig him in the last book. I understand the Gray Man a little better. He's growing on me. Blue and Gansey had a few moments. Nothing major but still cheesy smile worthy.

    We saw more of the magic that is Cabeswater, getting closer to Glendower, finding out more about these sleepers, and the terrifying moment as to where the kitchen is located *shudders* (it could have been mentioned in the past books and I don't remember it).

    I hate that it ended the way it did! WHY?!? Now I have to wait a whole freaking year (but it should be worth the wait).

    *I received this book from NetGalley*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    Fantastic.

    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.

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