Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

January 12, 2015 3 stars, Book Review, Young Adult 17 ★★★

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie StiefvaterBlue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Published by Scholastic Press on October 21, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 391
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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My Reviews in this series: The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

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.


Blue Lily, Lily Blue is a much less tumultuous read then the previous two books in The Raven Cycle have been. While there is definitely some exploring and researching done for Glendower as well as for Blue’s missing mother Maura – it seems like things overall are more reserved.

These characters oh how they move me!

I have to say I love this cast of characters. Each has such unique and individual hangups and they make up a great team that interacts so well together. Not to mention that they just read so real. While this installment didn’t move as fast as I would have liked I think it gave the opportunity to see more building upon Adam’s, Gansey’s and Blues characters. I think since the previous book The Dream Thieves was given over a lot to Ronan that we didn’t see quite as much as him building wise here but we did see him grow up a little by accepting some things and being more willing to think before acting rather then just going with his emotional and gut reactions. Gansey and Blue we get to see a whole lot more of emotionally. Gansey finally starts to voice more emotion and we see past his mask that he puts up for so many. Blue has thoughts on the future that we never really saw before now and also I loved seeing how she dealt with her fears about what could happen to Gansey. On top of all that I think Adam made huge strides in his personal issues with status, charity and allowing people to help him because they are friends not because he’s less fortunate for them. So overall in the character development department I think a lot of headway was made and I definitely enjoyed that part of the novel and I think that was a big focus of this novel.

A new menace in town that didn’t feel as menacing

I think part of what made things less tense for me this time around was the villain of this particular book was a Mr. Greenmantle, the previous employer of Mr. Gray. He has come to town and has threatened to hurt Maura (who’s missing) or Blue if Mr. Gray doesn’t give him what he wants. He just wasn’t an intimidating character. He does have a crazy wife though. I have to admit the inclusion of these two characters just didn’t do it for me. Especially considering View Spoiler » So color me doubtful here.

Stuff happens but it doesn’t feel like much happens?

I don’t know if it was the mood I was in the day I read this but I felt like there was a whole lot of not much happening and yet a bunch really did happen. We get forward movement on the feelings that Gansey and Blue have for each other. We see that Adam is finally making progress on getting over some of his hangups. Blue is having some personal crisis involving what she’s going to do when finishing high school plus the worry of her mother being missing all this time. Then there is Ronon, he is hard at work trying to work on his dream skills and Noah well I feel Noah is still mostly treated as an extra in things. But I’ve come to realize since he isn’t a living character that is pretty much going to be his lot in life…errr death. I still absolutely love him though. All the while there is an extra character of Mr. Malory thrown into the mix who’s flown over from the UK to help Gansey with his research. I didn’t really feel like there was a need for him to have even been in the picture. There were a few big things that happened or were revealed to characters that didn’t have as big of an impact as I thought they would but I have a feeling that the next book is going to pack more of a punch because of all of the building that went on here.

Odd discoveries and lots of progress on the research front

The group as a whole do have some pretty tense moments, odd discoveries and of course two major breakthroughs in this installment and the way it ends did indeed leave me eager for the next book, I just didn’t feel that this one was as gripping or strong as the previous two books which I loved. But of course you know I’m still in for the long haul – so bring on some more Raven boys!

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17 Responses to “Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. Valerie

    I UNDERSTAND. I think The Dream Thieves is my favorite Raven Cycle novel, since I understood what was going on (for the most part). I feel like I’ve grown to learn to accept all these random things that have been happening, but I did think that Greenmantle gave up way too easily for how sinister he was (didn’t he know who he was dealing with?) and his wife was just a random character that became the villain? I NEED TO READ THESE THINGS MORE CAREFULLY. But yeah, I think I’m just in it for the characters now hehe.

    Awesome review Tabitha. Hopefully the last book (it is the last book right?) is better for you!
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  2. Annie

    I think this one definitely moves more in the character development then the plot and yet still jumps the plot forward. I loved the shift in Adam in particular but also Gansey and Blue’s relationship. I definitely thought Greenmantle was less intimidating than Mr. Gray but his wife was just off the rails crazy. I didn’t even think about how easy it was for her to get on the same trail as the kids but that was rather convenient…
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  3. Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

    I really loved all three of these books. I can’t really say I have a favorite of the three books, but the one I didn’t like as much (although I still loved it) was The Dream Thieves. I do generally feel like these books feel like nothing is happening, but really it is. And I love these characters like no body’s business. I can’t say I was particularly scared of Greenmantle, but because he and his wife were a bit off their rockers, they did make me a bit anxious.
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  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Sounds like one of those “development” books in a series, where the characters are dealing with a lot of stuff in their own lives, and yet you don’t have much happening in the overall scheme of things. I’m going to start this series this year, put it on my list of reading challenges and everything, so can’t back out of it now – it’s gonna happen!
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  5. Danya @ Fine Print

    I’m happy to hear that there’s more development with Adam’s issues about class, because as much as I loved him in The Raven Boys his issues about money just made me really sad. These people are your friends, bro! Hopefully when I read BLLB I’ll like it a bit more than you did – but hopefully the final book in the series brings it home for you and knocks your socks off!

  6. DannyBookworm

    Well, first of all I though this was the last book, but there is another one coming?
    I LOVED the first book so much, then I hated the second one and now I’m torn and I’m not sure if I should read this one now too. I liked that the story focuses more on Blue and Gansey, but I’m not sure if that is enough for me to get back into the series.
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  7. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Oh, I actually never thought about that thing with Piper discovering You Know What so fast. o.O Erm, yes. That is a little convenient and kind of annoying. I really really love this series, but I think I’m 98% here for the characters. xD I missed Ronan being at the front of the narrative, but I loved that there was more Gansey/Blue. I LOVE GANSEY AND BLUE.
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