ARC Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

October 18, 2014 Review 22 ★★★★★

ARC Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
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Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Source: Publisher
Pages: 391
Release Date: October 21st, 2014
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I recently got the opportunity to read and review the third book in The Raven Cycle series as part of an exciting upcoming event (stay tuned!) BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE is a really impressive installment, and that is saying something considering how much we love the series here. This review is spoiler free.

This just might be the most unpredictable series I’ve ever read. When you think you’ve got it all figured out, you realize you couldn’t be more wrong. However, this brings up the issues I had with this book: I’m still not entirely sure I understand everything. While this is part of the magic of the book itself, I do personally prefer a book that is a little more straightforward. Although I must say, this issue does not detract from the story, it works well with the overall theme of the series. I am really excited to see how it all ties together, because I have a feeling it will be what we all least expect.


You will most likely need tissues, because some of these plot points, whew.

One of my all time favorite elements of any Maggie Stiefvater book are the characters she creates. They are so well developed and fleshed out, each with a completely unique brand and personality. If this book never told you who was doing what, you would still be able to discern which character it was, simply because they all have different voices and view things differently.

You may think you know your favorite characters but BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE just rips that away and stomps on it. They will all find new ways to surprise you, and we learn so much more about each and every one of them, seeing sides we haven’t seen before. While the second book somewhat focused on Ronan, this one takes a much closer look at Adam. I’m really liking how he is evolving as a character, he is given a lot more depth in this book. Character development for everyone!

Icing on the cake, there were almost no pacing issues in this book. It starts off on a strong note, and carries that throughout the rest of the book. It definitely hooks you in, and there is an almost constant air of mystery and suspense. Things pick up even more towards the end, and the last fifty pages or so are impossible to put down, which leads me to my next point…

If you thought the cliffhangers from THE RAVEN BOYS or THE DREAM THIEVES were bad, you haven’t seen anything yet. Darn you, cliffhangers! *shakes fist*


But really, we should know to expect this by now. With everything that went down in this book, I’m both terrified and excited to see what the fourth has in store-it’s going to be epic. I’ll be anxiously awaiting its release!

This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
None of these gifs are mine.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.8

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

  1. Renee Bookboyfriends

    I CANNOT WAIT TO FIND OUT EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS! thanks for the non-spoiler review, and I’m so glad you liked it!

    I shall now have to brace myself for the MASSIVE CLIFFHANGER!! oh dear, but like High School Musical said…. WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!! :D :D :D

    YAY!!! And I’m nearly finished The Dream Thieves for The Raven Cycle (re)readathon! whoo hooo!!!!
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    • Alise

      :DD Glad you are so excited, I thin you will be really happy with it :) Sure! Thanks!

      Baha, yeah :3 It’s a pretty cool cliffhanger though, definitely exciting.

      Nice! :D

  2. Joyousreads

    One of the things that worries me about Maggie’s books is that heartbreak is almost, always a certainty. And that’s why I tend to wait until her series is complete before I jump on it. Regardless, Maggie’s words are always awe-inspiring.

    Great review!
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  3. A Canadian Girl

    It’s interesting that after three books, you still don’t understand everything. Normally, this would bug me but I agree with you that this is actually one of the reasons I like this series. I haven’t been too keen about Adam so I’m looking forward to seeing him developed more.
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    • Alise

      Right? The method of storytelling is definitely unique to the series. I’ve always felt okay about Adam but this book really made me like his character!

  4. Kendra

    This just makes me even more impatient to read the next book. Your spoiler free review is so perfect it’s infuriating because it makes me want to know what happens so badly. Loved your review!
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  5. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    Eeeep, I’ve been meaning to start this series for the longest time, but just don’t have the time to binge read allllll the books. But all I hear is high praise for Stiefvater’s books and I swear, I WILL GET AROUND TO IT ONE DAY!!! I love the fact that she creates strong and believable characters. A book is good in my opinion when an author can hit two out of three of these: plot, worldbuilding, character development. Maggie seems to do all three well. I need to read this gaaah! Wonderful review Alise x
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    • Alise

      No worries, I have a lot of series like that, haha. Yeah I haven’t read anything by her I haven’t liked! She has a standalone called The Scorpio Races that is really good :) Yeah, I feel the same! Thank you!

  6. P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

    *squee* Glad you loved it! I’m so excited for this one. It’s probably among my top-awaited books of the year. I love the characters and I don’t mind the vague bits about magic because this book makes me feel like I should just go for it. Except now I’m scared of getting my heart broken :O
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    • Alise

      Glad you are excited for it! It’s definitely worth the wait, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed :D Right? Seems like that is inevitable with all of Maggie’s books… but maybe that is why we love them so? ;)
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  7. Kirsty-Marie

    And this is exactly why I haven’t read The Dream Thieves yet, and staying well away from them until it ends. If I can be good. But even more character development? Yay! I’m afraid of that cliffhanger now though…:(
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    • Alise

      Ooh, I know. Although I’m not sure that would work for me, I’d probably chew all my nails off when seeing everyone else reading them xD It’s not too bad, but it definitely makes you want the next book!

    • Alise

      Nervous and excited is exactly how I feel about this series too :O I have no idea how it is going to end and it’s really scary. I feel like there’s definitely going to be some heartbreak. Aw, that really sucks D: I hope you get to read it soon though!

  8. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    OMG. Ok. I didn’t think I could get MORE excited for BLLB, but reading your review did it. I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY HANDS RIGHT NOW!! Gah, character development abound sounds utterly incredible ♥ I love that we get a closer look at Adam, he’s still so mysterious! And the twists, tears and tissues needed all mesh together for me in a mess of ADJKDFIHAIF!!! In a way, I’m sort of glad I don’t have a copy yet because I’d read it in a rush and then get hit with a MASSIVE hangover *cries* And then that cliffhanger sounds SO BRUTAL. Gah! Anyway, I’m thrilled you enjoyed this one so much and thank you for the wonderful review ^^ You made my day :D
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    • Alise

      YES. My job here is done then ;)
      It really is, everyone is really starting to really find themselves. I don’t think all the mystery will ever be taken out of Adam xD Or any of the characters actually, but we do seem another side of him! It definitely makes you go “OH MAN!” ;) YAY! I’m so happy :DD

    • Alise

      I think that’s what I originally thought as well but I’m definitely happy there’s more! It’s one series that I could continue on with for awhile :) You really do!

      Thank you!

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