ARC Review: BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater

ARC Review: BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
The Raven Cycle #3

Written by: Maggie Stiefvater
Published by: Scholastic Press
Release date: October 21st 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 391
Source: Borrowed from a friend
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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.


Adam understood, then, that Gansey and Blue’s awe changed this place. Ronan and Adam may have seen this place as magical, but Gansey and Blue’s wonder made it holy. It became a cathedral…

ARC, pg 356

Once you get to the third book in a series, it ends up being really hard to talk about that book without giving things away. The plot has moved on, huge things might have changed, and it’s really easy to let little things slip, even when you’re trying to avoid talking about anything spoilery. So forgive me if this review is a little short on details and heavy on vague feels… but that’s just the way it’s gotta be.

Things get underway pretty quickly in Blue Lily, Lily Blue. The whole… Glendower situation is escalating FAST now, and SO MUCH HAPPENS in this book, it’s frightening. You go into it thinking, Okay, I’m fine, there’s still one more book in this series, I can handle this, and then as things start to explode (I mean… figuratively…), you realize, Oh, no, I really can’t handle this, why is this stuff happening NOW, what is GOING ON I DIDN’T ASK FOR THESE FEELS!!! Except you totally did, so you’re totally fine with them. Except you’re totally not.

And that’s just the plot. That’s not even getting into the characters. Because holy crap, these characters.

I went to one of Maggie’s signings in Seattle a while back, after Dream Thieves came out, and she said something about how (and I could be totally messing up this quote but) about how Gansey was  her attempt to create an actual real person — something about contradictions, and putting on different faces in different situations, and things like that. Which she totally nailed, by the way. But to be honest, this is something I find true for all the characters in this series. They’re so complex and real and I really cannot explain how much I adore them.

For a moment, he watched Ronan and tried to imagine that he was a teacher instead of a Ronan. It was impossible. Adam couldn’t decide if it was how he’d shoved up his sleeves or the apocalyptic way he had tied his tie.

ARC, pg 78

Gansey, Blue, Ronan, Adam, and Noah — they all feel so untouchable. I don’t mean they’re unrelatable, but they’re such a unit, and such a force together, that I can’t help but put them in their own little bubble and feel like, when I’m reading, I could never ever be a part of that unit. And that’s what I want, that’s an amazing feeling, because it cements the believability of their friendship and the bond they all share.

…friendship of the unshakeable kind. Friendship you could swear on. That could be busted nearly to breaking and come back stronger than before.

ARC, pg 298

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.

…it seemed impossible for all of Ronan to exist in one person. Adam was beginning to realize that he hadn’t known Ronan at all. Or rather, he had known part of him and assumed it was all of him.

ARC, pg 247

They’re put into situations where these big epic things are happening around — and because of — them; and on top of that, they’re dealing with trying to sort out their own lives, which are sometimes even harder and more gut-wrenching. And they are always there for each other. Always. And it’s the kind of “always” that includes when they’re being jerks or making bad decisions or having trouble accepting help. It’s the kind of “always” that makes your chest constrict because it’s completely unconditional and so beautiful.


In conclusion…

Maggie Stiefvater makes you believe in magic.

This sounds kind of corny, I know. But for me, it’s 100% true. As a reader, magic is what I look for. And there are so many different types of magic. Not just the magic of ley lines and Welsh kings and dream-forests, though those are definitely important; but also types of magic we all want in our lives, I think. The magic of true friendship, of love, of unshakable loyalty.

But what she didn’t realize about Blue and her boys was that they were all in love 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.

ARC, pg 103




11 thoughts on “ARC Review: BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater


    (no but seriously yes, yes I APPROVE because my feels and my babies and how am I going to review this book Nikki howwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww)

  2. It really IS tricky reviewing sequels at a certain point in a series. You feel like your vagueness ends up not making sense but there’s really no other way to do it. If it makes you feel better, *I* think you did an awesome job here. The quotes you featured gave me all kinds of chills and feels. You got me more excited to get my hands on this one – which btw should be IMPOSSIBLE. AND you ended on that whimsical note there, which you know I’m partial to. Cupcakes all around!

    BTW I’m including the Raven Boys AND Blue in our cupcake sharing. :D

  3. I think you summed up the book nicely without giving things away. You are right, it is hard to review a third book spoiler free. I really loved what you said about seeing them through each other’s eyes, because it is so true. Maggie does such a wonderful job with their layers and letting the characters discover the different sides of each other that is makes you feel, as the reader, you are one of them.

  4. Ughhhh the vagueness in all these reviews I’ve read is killing me! I guess it’s just one more way to get me to push it up on my TBR pile :D I’m going to reread all the books, and of course probably cry ten times more when I get to BLLB. Great review though, even if you hardly touched the plot! I’m so ready for it :D

  5. Definite yes to Stiefvater making me believe in magic. I think I mentioned that in my review of Dream Thieves haha
    I NEED THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW. WHY IS LIFE SO FREAKING BUSY RIGHT NOW. Nikki, I blame you if I drop dead of anticipation.

  6. I feel like I’m missing out on a lot simply because I read book one when I had the flu, so I barely remember it. But this series intimidates me so much now because it has such a devoted following at this point. Blah, I have to read it again.

    Great review!

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