Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Blurb from Goodreads:

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.
My Review:

Since the final book in the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout was released earlier this year, concluding the series, there is now no question in my mind that my favorite, current YA series is The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.  I had serious hopes for book 3 of the series, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and I can wholeheartedly say that all of my expectations and wants were met and exceeded.  No one writes like Maggie Stiefvater.  Seriously, no one else could have such a magnificent brain and be able to translate that into a compelling story that is humorous and terrifying and describes every little thing with the most perfect words you can imagine.  Because of the serious plot points in this book, I don't want to pass any spoilers along to those of you just getting the book today, on its release date.  However, I can say that this series and this book are so well written, so character driven, so unique and so beautiful, and that I can't wait for book 4, more than ever!!

I absolutely love this book -- maybe even more than The Raven Boys (my review) and The Dream Thieves (my review)!  Please read this series!!!

Blue lay her cheek against a boulder covered with warm moss, trying to keep her thoughts even and pleasant.  The same ability that amplified clairvoyance also heightened Cabeswater's strange magic, and she didn't want to cause another earthquake or start a stampede. 
Instead, she began a conversation with the trees. 
She thought about birds singing-- thought or wished or longed or dreamt.  It was a thought turned on its side, a door left cracked in her mind.  She was getting better at telling when she was doing it right. 
A strange bird trilled high and off-key above her. 
She thought-wished-longed-dreamt of leaves rustling. 
Overhead, the trees shushed their leaves, forming vague, whispered words.  Avide audimus. 
She thought of a spring flower.  A lily, blue, like her name. 
A blue petal fell aimlessly into her hair.  Another dropped onto the back of her hand, slipping down her wrist like a kiss. 
Gansey's eyes opened as petals landed lightly on his cheeks.  As his lips parted, ever-wondering, a petal landed directly on his mouth.  Adam craned his head back to watch the floral, fragrant rain drift down around them, slow-motion butterflies of blue. 
Blue's heart exploded with furious joy.                       


  1. Glad to see you loved this. Megan wants to start this series so I'll probably buddy read it with her :)

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  3. I absolutely love this series and I agree that this book was wonderful. I actually screamed when I saw I was approved for the ARC. No one writes prose like Maggie Stiefvater.

    Usually, when I read, I'm invested in a some of the plots and I am all about the relationships of a few characters. With this series, I AM invested in those relationships, but I find myself more interested in the way everyone works together within the story. I cannot wait for the fourth book next year.


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