Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Title – Author: Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Series/Standalone: Series – The Raven Cycle #3
Format – Source: e-ARC – Publisher via NetGalley

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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I had a hard time putting into words my love for The Dream Thieves. I’m facing the same problem with BLLB. How can I express how much I utterly adore Blue and her boys? Because seriously…I LOVE THEM. So in a similar fashion, instead of trying to sound anywhere near coherent, I’m going to make another list of all the reasons I love this book.

1. Raven boys. THE FRIENDSHIP, PEOPLE. THE FRIENDSHIP. I platonically ship these four boys more than I ship some romantic couples. I’m starting to not care about the plot at all and I just want the books to be long dialogue scenes with all the boys and Blue.

2. Blue and Gansey in the car. So much tension. Who knew car rides could be so hot? But also sad at the same time and chaotic and hopeful and heartbreaking all at once.


“’You can be just friends with people, you know,’ Orla said. ‘I think it’s crazy how you’re in love with all those raven boys.’

Orla wasn’t wrong, of course. But what she didn’t realize about Blue and her boys was that they were all in love with one another. She was no less obsessed with them than they were with her, or one another, analyzing every conversation and gesture, drawing out every joke into a longer and longer running gag, spending each moment either with one another or thinking about when next they would be with one another. Blue was perfectly aware that it was possible to have a friendship that wasn’t all-encompassing, that wasn’t blinding, deafening, maddening, quickening. It was just that now that she’d had this kind, she didn’t want the other.”

4. The quest. I just want to find Glendower, okay?!

5. Blue and Gansey on the phone. I love these quiet moments, also full of tension and heartbreak.

6. Gansey and Ronan in the courtroom. I won’t spoil it, but basically this scene made me love these two boys so hard my heart almost burst.

7. Witty dialogue and perfection in the form of a one-line description. Stiefvater excels at the quick, snappy dialogue and writing a description so perfectly that you immediately understand exactly what she’s talking about. She has a way with words.

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue is a wonderful addition to the series and will make you beg for the final book.

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8 – deserving of a re-read – Fred Weasley


2 thoughts on “Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. I loooove the characters in this series! I’ve always kind of wished they were in a different story because I don’t really care about the whole Glendower thing, but I could read them forever. I can’t wait for this book!

  2. Yes to all! That quote about how they all can’t stop thinking about one another was so perfect, I think I circled the passage in three different colours of ink. It captures exactly the strength of friendship which makes this series so addictive. I would totally read a 10-book series just transcribing every conversation the characters ever had…

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