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The Raven Cycle #3 | Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

I finally read it – Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the third book in the Raven Cycle series.

Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

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Title & Author: The Raven Cycle #3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy – Paranormal, Magic

Release Date: October 21, 2014

Series: Raven Cycle #3

Publisher: Scholastic

How I Got the Book: ARC via the Publisher


“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.”

The Beginning of the End

I can’t believe it! Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the third out of the four Raven Cycle books. Which means the end is NEAR.

I’m a huge fan of these books and this recent installment is no exception. Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is just fantastic – she has a way with descriptions and phrasing that just stuns me.

Take this for example:

No one in this world ever gets what they want and this is beautiful.


“Ronan looked as pleased as a pit viper ever could.”

HA! Love it!

I also loved how complex the relationships are. At one point in the book, Persephone makes the observation that Blue is in love, which she ponders and decides is true. She IS in love with Gansey AND Ronan AND Adam. They’re all such good friends that they love each other in an almost addictive way.

That gets ever MORE complicated and wonderful in Blue Lily, Lily Blue, too.

Plus, there are several new characters that add a ton of humor and warmth to the story. Everyone is so full of life that they really feel like they could jump out of the pages.

One example is Malory. I can’t wait for you guys to “meet him” and tell me what you think. Just amazing.

I love the changing POVs that allow the reader to get more inside the heads of different characters. And, let me tell YOU, this crazy gang will continue to surprise and delight.

I’m so very curious to see how the story ends – I know Stiefvater has something fantastic up her sleeve, and I can’t wait to see what it’s going to be.

The Teensiest Beef

Not every book needs to have a lot of action to be good and/or interesting. However, I feel like Blue Lily, Lily Blue – out of all the Raven Cycle books – has the fewest number of things taking place.

I really felt like this book was slightly unnecessary. As in, three books would have been perfectly adequate.

I think the danger is that you’ll lose fans. I mean I had to look up a Raven Cycle wiki to remind myself who was who, i.e. it’s been awhile.


Like meeting a friend you haven’t seen in a long time, reading this third Raven Cycle book was slow to start but then I remembered the good times. There is such a richness of language and characters who are funny and serious and deep and wonderful. Even though I think a fourth book might be one book too many, I’ll gladly read it. Because Blue Lily, Lily Blue was beautifully told and set the stage for the last epic story in the series.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • I really enjoyed her Shiver series. I just downloaded the first book of this series so I look forward to reading it.

  • Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    I agree with you; I’m pretty sure I only adored BLLB as much as I did because I’d JUST reread the first two books and was falling in love with the characters all over again. It definitely was slow, but I think it allowed for a lot of growth in all the characters, especially Gansy. The different sides seen in him were perfection <3