Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)

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Release Date
October 21, 2014
ISBN
9780545424967
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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.

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Blinding, deafening, maddening, quickening
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
What I Loved:
I had a hard time putting into words my love for The Dream Thieves. I’m facing the same problem with BLLB. How can I express how much I utterly adore Blue and her boys? Because seriously…I LOVE THEM. So in a similar fashion, instead of trying to sound anywhere near coherent, I’m going to make another list of all the reasons I love this book.

1. Raven boys. THE FRIENDSHIP, PEOPLE. THE FRIENDSHIP. I platonically ship these four boys more than I ship some romantic couples. I’m starting to not care about the plot at all and I just want the books to be long dialogue scenes with all the boys and Blue.

2. Blue and Gansey in the car. So much tension. Who knew car rides could be so hot? But also sad at the same time and chaotic and hopeful and heartbreaking all at once.

3. THIS QUOTE:

“’You can be just friends with people, you know,’ Orla said. ‘I think it’s crazy how you’re in love with all those raven boys.’

Orla wasn’t wrong, of course. But what she didn’t realize about Blue and her boys was that they were all in love with one another. She was no less obsessed with them than they were with her, or one another, analyzing every conversation and gesture, drawing out every joke into a longer and longer running gag, spending each moment either with one another or thinking about when next they would be 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.”

4. The quest. I just want to find Glendower, okay?!

5. Blue and Gansey on the phone. I love these quiet moments, also full of tension and heartbreak.

6. Gansey and Ronan in the courtroom. I won’t spoil it, but basically this scene made me love these two boys so hard my heart almost burst.

7. Witty dialogue and perfection in the form of a one-line description. Stiefvater excels at the quick, snappy dialogue and writing a description so perfectly that you immediately understand exactly what she’s talking about. She has a way with words.

What Left Me Wanting More:
I must have all my questions answered! The book right before the final book is always the hardest.

The Final Verdict:
Blue Lily, Lily Blue is a wonderful addition to the series and will make you beg for the final book.
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
"Blue Lily, Lily Blue" is a captivating, haunting continuation of the Raven Boys series. Here, Blue's mother is missing after leaving a note to say she's gone underground. The four teens are on the search for her and continuing their search for Glendower. This book is darker and more intense than the previous books. The pace is very fast and the reader is hooked throughout.

The romance is blossoming more between Blue and Gansey, but this takes a backseat to the other challenges and adventures awaiting the group. A new villain arises in that the man who hired the Grey Man is in town with his equally villainous wife, Piper. I don't want to spoil anything but this is an incredible continuation of the series and leaves the reader spellstruck, waiting for more. This is an amazing and truly unique series!
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Compelling!
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5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
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5.0
Blue Lily, Lily Blue was another great addition to The Raven Cycle! It was an amazing novel filled with fantasy, magic and adventure!

Picking up after the events in Dream Thieves, Blue and her friends are getting closer to finding Glendower while they also try to find Maura. Adam learns more about his powers and his connection to Cabeswater.

I truly like Blue, Ronan, Adam, Gansey and Noah. They are a really tight knit group of friends! Calla and Persephone are there for Blue and even Mr. Gray. I really loved the plot, the narrative and how the novel was written in such a way that draws readers in for hours!

I love where the series is headed and can't wait for the final installment of The Raven Cycle!
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The Best One Yet!
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4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
I'm so ready for Blue and Gansey to just get together already. Same for Adam and Ronan. They all just need to be happy together. I hope it all ends well for them. I'm rooting so hard for them!

A lot happens in this installment, I've read some reviews that say this book is slower than the rest but I think it's a lot faster than any in the whole series. Even faster than The Raven King. The hunt for Blue's mum, Greenmantle with Piper, Adam's court date and everything else going on with him, finding Gwenllian, someone dies, and also Blue's father. That does not sound like a slow book to me! Sometimes it was hard to keep up things were moving so fast.

I honestly didn't see Greenmantle running away and Piper turned into the badass? Like whoa, didn't see that coming by far. She's a bitch and I hope she gets what she deserves. I wanted to see her die but instead she wakes up something that I'm sure is evil and then kills JESSE!

I really liked JESSE -if you've reads the book, you know why I write his name in all caps ;) - I felt so bad when he died, I actually teared up a bit. He'd already lost all his family and his father and grandfather and now... all because of Piper... So sad.

Mr Gray just keeps getting better and better. I love him and he's in the running to be my favorite male character with Gansey. Yeah. Now onto Malory, why was he there? He added nothing to the plot as far as I could see. He was just there to what? Add more pages I guess? So unneeded.

It's so sweet to see how much everyone loves Gansey, how really like their king he is. I love the friendships in this book, there aren't enough friendships in books that are like this. I want friends like this. Real friendships.

I was so glad that Adam finally went to court and it made me smile so much when Ronan and Gansey showed up to help him out. They rushed over from school to just be there for their friend. I was smiling and laughing so much. It was a nice light moment that I think was needed. It shows that they are more of a family than anything else.

Overall, this one is my favorite of the series. The best one. I usually don't think this about the third book in a series but it is by far my favorite one. Read this series if you haven't yet!
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More Magic, Wit, and Adventure from Stiefvater
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4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
I love this series with it's magic and romance and characters. This is probably my least favorite of the series, but if you look at my above rating, I obviously still loved it. The characters are as mysterious as ever and Blue's blossoming romance with Gansey had my heart pounding throughout the whole story. I love the witty dialogue, especially when Blue's involved (that girl's hilarious) and the conversations between characters. There were many question's left unanswered, but that only leaves me wanting for the next book even more. Not that it matters, but I think has the prettiest cover I've ever seen.
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