Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater

Posted 25 May, 2016 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 20 Comments

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie StiefvaterBlue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Published by Scholastic Press on 21 October 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Purchase
5 Stars

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.

WOW! What else can I say about Blue Lily, Lily Blue? It was awesome – and I’m so happy I don’t have to wait for The Raven King!

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews

So much happened in Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and yet, not that much time actually passed for these amazing characters as the story unfolded. Between missing parents, new, nefarious characters showing up for dark reasons, and more about both dreams and what Adam is capable of, I was enchanted from start to finish! The world is so tangible, even if this is fantasy, I really felt like I could stretch out my hand and touch the trees in Crabeswater, or hug Blue when she needed it. And some characters I found to be inherently bad turned out being quite reasonable, while others have shown me that they might not be as nice as I first thought.

The whole mystery of Crabeswater and Glenwaren moved quietly along, almost on the sidelines, but still omnipresent at the same time. And the four (or should that be five?) musketeers were all feeling a bit separate after summer was over, having to deal with school, being in different places, and not having all the time (or the same time) in the world to spend with each other on their quest.

Stiefvater’s writing just keeps getting better and better, it’s truly impossible not to be engrossed in this story! Blue Lily, Lily Blue managed to be both character-driven and plot-driven, and the story moved forward very nicely, with a pace that fit the storyline and the characters perfectly. And this review is going to be this short – because I need to start reading the final Raven Cycle book right now! Third person omniscient narrator, in past tense worked well, especially because I felt like I knew more than each character did on their own – but not more than the sum of their knowledge.

Fave Quotes - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Calla wasn’t sure what Blue was looking at, but she believed her. Blue wasn’t the sort of girl to hand out false compliments, even to her mother. Although she was kind, she wasn’t nice. Good thing, too, because nice people made Calla irritable.

She was beginning to suspect that she might just be using the same minute over and over. This might have troubles dome people. Some people might not have noticed at all.

There was something of a turtle in his visage, and he had not only one chin, but another waiting in line behind it.

Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

About Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

Linda is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature. She's an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

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20 responses to “Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater

  1. Oh this does sound like things are coming down to it. Good thing Raven King released already so no waiting. 🙂 I appreciate how you wrote the review to show excitement without exposing some of the thrilling stuff.

    I plan to borrow the set from my sister in law when she finishes up The Raven King for some of my summer binging.

  2. I heard so many great things about this one while I haven’t read it, one day I really should do that! I’m glad it was a great one for you too!

  3. I have waaaaaay too many series to start this summer!!! I put off this one b/c of the first book’s mixed reviews but you’ve totally sold me now! Well, that and the fact that I have the last book 😉 tee, hee!!!

    Awesome review!

  4. I have SO MUCH LOVE for this series Lexxie and I am over the moon that you are loving it too 😀 I adored this installment (and every installment tbh) and really had fun getting to know Blue better and all of the boys, and Cabeswater and ALL OF IT ♥ I can NOT wait to see how you make out with TRK!!!

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews recently posted: Review: The Raven King
  5. Lovely review! I have a copy of this to start ASAP, so hopefully I can get to it. I love that we’re both reading the series right now. Enjoy The Raven King. I have a copy ready to go after this one, so I can’t wait.

    -Lauren

  6. I’m so behind! I have yet to start this series but everyone seems to really love it! I cannot wait until I can read it myself and get in on the fangirling too. So happy you were able to enjoy this one a whole lot 😀

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