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

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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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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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• "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." --
A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Best Book of the Year

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.
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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Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Raven Cycle Series, #3
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Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
HL690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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

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