Tea & Book Chat: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #3)

**Warning! If you haven’t read The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves which are the first and second books in the Raven Cycle quartet by Maggie Stiefvater, there will be spoilers ahead.  You can read my review of the first and second books if you’re not caught up on the series yet.**

Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the third book in the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater and it’s the second to last installment we’ll have with Gansey, Ronan, Adam, Noah and Blue.  Unlike the previous books in the series, the first being The Raven Boys and the second being The Dream Thieves, I was immediately hooked on the story.  I read Blue Lily, Lily Blue at a much quicker pace than the others and I enjoyed how much occurs in each chapter instead of waiting until the end for a big payoff (although don’t worry, there is a major thing that happens that has me basically dying for book 4).

The biggest draw to the story are easily the characters that Maggie Stiefvater crafted.  Their friendship is so familiar and real that it’s easy to immerse yourself in their tale.  The world in Henrietta could very well be our own with a hint of more supernatural activity.  The relationships between the Raven Boys are so sweet and while their actions are subtle, you truly get a feel for how much of a family these boys are.  Blue has an internal monologue about mid-way through thr book where she thinks about how each person in their Glendower tomb hunter squad is obsessed with each other even though they don’t necessarily say it out loud.  I think those are some of the most meaningful relationships.  I’ve been a hardcore Gansey and Blue shipper since book one but Blue Lily, Lily Blue really sealed the deal on their relationship for me.  It’s such a well woven combination of innocence, passion and intrigue and my heart breaks a little more each time they’re near each other because of Blue’s first experience with Gansey’s spirit on the ley line.  I really don’t know what I’m going to do with myself if anything happens to him.

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As I stated before, Blue Lily, Lily Blue is much more action packed than the first two books.  Now that Maggie has fully fleshed out the world in Henrietta and has conveyed how strong the relationship is between the Raven Boys and Blue, much more of this installment was able to be dedicated to events occurring.  There was constantly something keeping me on the edge of my seat and everything just seemed to move along at a much quicker pace.  There are still a ton of questions left to be answered and a cliffhanger that I’m having trouble handling.  I can definitely see myself re-reading the series before the fourth books debuts because it’s the kind of story that you’ll get something new out of every time you dive in.  Because there are such subtleties in Stiefvater’s writing, I’m looking forward to enjoying the things I’ve missed now that I have more overall knowledge of what’s happening.

Final Thoughts:  Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater is the flawless third installment of The Raven Cycle quartet.  Any reader who has been following the story will be delighted to immerse themselves back in the world of Henrietta and piece together more (but not even close to all) of the legend of Glendower.  I didn’t mention Maura, Calla, Persephone and Mr. Gray in my review because I’m just so enthralled with the Raven Boys and Blue, but their story is eventful and heartbreaking as well.  If you thought the pace of the first two books were too slow, I would definitely encourage you not to give up on the series because you’ll get constant the action and answers you’re craving in Blue Lily, Lily Blue.

Rating 5

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. (via Goodreads)

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Kristin

10 Responses to “Tea & Book Chat: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #3)”

  1. YAYYY I’m so glad you loved it! These books are just amazing. I’m totally with you. I am sooo on board with Blue and Gansey it’s not even funny. The Raven King make truly break my heart.
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  2. Alexa S. says:

    I really enjoyed Blue Lily, Lily Blue (although The Dream Thieves is still my favorite at the moment). I like how much happens in this story, and I love that the gang is now a cohesive group. So glad you enjoyed it!
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  3. YAY! I’m glad to hear that the pacing is quicker in this book because I really did struggle with the other books because of their slow starts. I had been hesitating about picking up this one since the other two took me a rather long time to get through, but now you’ve got me thinking I need to give it a shot!
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  4. Alice says:

    I’m so glad you’re loving the series so much! This is my current favorite on-going set of books, and I CANNOT WAIT for the last book but I’m also dreading the conclusion of the Raven Cycle! T_T

  5. […] in The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater.  I recently read and was obsessed with Blue Lily, Lily Blue and it ended on such a major cliffhanger that I NEED the next one.  So much happened and […]

  6. I just read this in the last month, so I’m with you on needing The Raven King NOW!!! April (well, practically May) is so far away!! I really liked the way the friendships were so settled in in this book, and also I felt like Adam got some redemption from the last book, so that made me happy. I know Gansey dies in the next book, so I’m prepared for the tears!
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