Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Upon completion of Maggie Stiefvater’s Blue Lily, Lily Blue, I am 3/4 of the way done with [audiobook] marathoning my way through The Raven Cycle. Wheee!

Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily BlueBlue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Published by Scholastic Press on October 21st 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Narrator: Will Patton
Length: 10 hours and 3 minutes
Format: Audiobook

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.

There’s not a lot one can say in a review of a sequel without giving away loads from the precursors, so while I will do my best not to spoil things, I’d recommend not reading this if you’re interested in staying 100% spoiler free.

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1) caves, 2) sleepers, and 3) friendship

What I liked:
1) Characters: 
Stiefvater is excellent at characters, and she has some really wonderful characters in this book. Never before have I loved villains as much as I love hers (Colin and Piper!). Also, Jesse Ditley is perfect.

2) Friendship: Man, oh man, the friendship that is between these Raven Boys and Blue is fantastic and real. The arguments, the sentimental moments (OMG: Adam’s court hearing? I smiled so hard.), the just-being-normal-teenagers things, and the tragedies. And then there’s the relationship between the boys and Blue’s family. SO WONDERFUL. I just want to eat it all up.

3) Mystery: I love a book that gives you a lot of opportunity to formulate your own theories about what’s going on. Now that this is the third book in the series, my little brain cogs are doing a lot of turning. There’s all this talk of waking sleepers and making sure you wake the right one, and we’re leaning a lot more about the Welsh King they’re trying to find, and then there’s a crazy cave lady, and animated animal bones in a cave, and oh, Blue might be more than an amplifier of pyschic ability?!? There’s just so many strange happenings! It’s all so much fun!

4) The sadness: There definitely are some sad things that occur in this book, and it makes the me feel like there’s more at stake. I always like a little nail-biting and edge of seat-ness when reading, and based on how this book went, I think The Raven King (the finale of the series) isn’t going to disappoint!


What I didn’t like:
1) Pacing: Why, oh, why do I get through these books so slowly? I mentioned this in the review of the previous book in the series, The Dream Thieves, and I still am confused as to why these books just don’t grab me when I love almost everything about them. Maybe it’s just the audiobook factor? Who knows.

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If you’ve read this series: Stiefvater is the master of characters, am I right?! Who were some of your favorite characters from the series so far (no spoilers for The Raven King, please!)? 

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  1. Great review! I so need to get on reading this already. I read the first two books two years ago, but never continued the series. I completely agree about her being a master of characters though. I adore her writing.

  2. BLLB IS SUCH A GOOD BOOK. I might finally be getting my hands on TRK and I cannot wait, because these characters are so important to me and I want to know where they end up and how she ties up their stories.

    1. Yes!! I thought the narrator did a fantastic job with Ditley. It makes me laugh just thinking about him. Too bad he wasn’t able to stick around 🙁

  3. I think all of the TRC books have quite poor pacing, but I absolutely love the characters like you did – so I don’t even care haha. I also love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style so so much <3

  4. I’ve heard so many good things about this series! I really wanna start reading them. I also love all of the other books by Maggie Stefvater so…
    Love your review style as well!


  5. It’s interesting that you mention pacing, because Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue took me forever! I thought it was just because I was still working on a massive reading slump, but maybe it had partially to do with the book? I did, however, read The Raven King much faster. I thought it was a satisfying ending, except for one thing 🙁