Book Review: Blue Lily Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted November 26, 2020 by Amber in Reviews / 0 Comments

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

by Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Publisher: Scholastic Press on October 21, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQIAP+, Paranormal
Target Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: ★★★★★

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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.


After The Dream Thieves, I wasn’t sure what to make of Blue Lily, Lily Blue.  On the one hand, I loved the hunt for Glendower in earlier books…but The Dream Thieves had taken a different turn.  As such, I wasn’t in a rush to get to book three – in fact, it’s been two years since I last met with the Raven Boys (and Blue).

Much to my relief, we’re back on track with the story I was promised here in book three.

Book three involves a lot of spelunking.  There’s still dreaming and following ley lines, but the story is spaced more evenly among all the characters than the previous books and the plot actually felt like it was moving along.  I’m still wondering how all the pieces will fall together in the fourth and final book, but I felt like everything was finally moving forward.

We’re done with character development now, so there’s not a lot of growth.  This story has a lot of POVs and it’s fairly action-driven.  Not to say that it is high action – it isn’t – but we’re now invested in following the plot to wherever it leads rather than coming understand the way this world works and how the characters function within it.  Blue Lily, Lily Blue takes off running and doesn’t stop.  The only character we didn’t see too much of was Noah, but I’m sensing that the greater part of his story has already occurred?  I guess I’ll see in the next book!

This is not a book you can pick up if you haven’t read The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves.  Some series do a really good job of making sure each book can stand on its own, and this book is not one of those.  Readers coming into the middle will be lost.  However, it is atmospheric and the magic is still dark and unpredictable.  At this point in the series, close to the end, I’d still recommend the series to readers, though I don’t know if I’d hype it up as much as the community has.  It’s interesting and original in many ways, and there’s a character for everyone in the collection.  It’s a good series and I really enjoyed this book, but it’s not life altering.

We get some answers about Blue, we get some new faces, lose some people.  The journey must have its sacrifices after all.  It’s difficult to talk about Blue Lily, Lily Blue without dropping spoilers, so suffice it to say the story is moving forward and we get some answers at long last… but also… the clock is ticking and time is running out for others.

On to The Raven King I go!

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★★★
Plot: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★
Narrator: ★★★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★★

5 Star Rating


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How do you feel about exploring caves?  I’d say at least 35% of Blue Lily, Lily Blue is spent in enclosed, underground places.  I find them a bit claustrophobic – what about you?  Let me know your feelings on caves and spelunking in the comments!

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