Maggie Stiefvater · Raven Cycle · Young Adult

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




Everything about this book was fantastic! The plot was exciting, the characters well-developed, the world was expanded, and the writing was terrific! I can’t praise this series enough. If you haven’t read it, I highly suggest that you at least give it a try because I’m sure you will love it too!


Blue Lily, Lily Blue picks up right where the previous book left off on that cliffhanger! Gansey and the gang are still searching for Glendower and getting ever closer. Maura is now missing and apparently underground, so they are also trying to find her.

The pacing of this book is very similar to the others. Though it was slow (not a lot of action, but no dull moments) it didn’t feel like that to me because I was so engaged in everything that was going on. The author is able to transport you right into the lives of the characters, so even the side discussions with them are interesting. There were quite a few instances in which the characters are exploring caves and finding one of the three that may or may not need to be woken! It was all very exciting.

“Humans were so circular; they lived the same slow cycles of joy and misery over and over, never learning. Every lesson in the universe had to be taught billions of times, and it never stuck.

Maybe it was good that the world forgot every lesson, every good and bad memory, every triumph and failure, all of it dying with each generation. Perhaps this cultural amnesia spared them all. Perhaps if they remembered everything, hope would die instead.”

I very much enjoyed that the author delved deeper into the lives of the characters by showing us more of their time at school and Adam at work. It just helps to explain why the search is so difficult and taking so long. School and work keep them all so busy that during their senior year the search is slowed down. This helps to make the plot so much more believable. Most authors would just focus on the plot and not worry about how these teenagers could possibly have so much time on their hands.

Nothing at all in this book was predictable and I greatly enjoyed all the twists, turns, and surprises along the way. I loved the ending and now can’t wait to pick up the next book and see how it all ends!


More of the world is discovered in this book. We get to travel through creepy caves and meet new people. As I previously mentioned, the author transports us more into the lives of our favorite characters as well by showing us more of their time at school and work.

We also learn more about Adam’s and Ronan’s abilities and even Blue’s! This was all very fascinating!


I love the relationships that are developing between Gansey, Blue, Ronan, Adam, and even Noah. It just feels so natural, and fun! The author does a terrific job making everything about their relationships seem so real. Most of the time while reading I am transported into their group and it feels as if I walk among them. This doesn’t happen to me with many books, so you know this is a good one!

“There is no good word for the opposite of lonesome.
One might be tempted to suggest togetherness or contentment , but the fact that these two other words bear definitions unrelated to each other perfectly displays why lonesome cannot be properly mirrored. It does not mean solitude, nor alone, nor lonely, although lonesome can contain all of those words in itself.
Lonesome means a state of being apart. Of being other. Alone-some.”

Blue and Gansey are becoming a lot closer but are concealing their relationship from everyone. They are trying their best not to hurt Adam’s feelings. However, I can almost see Blue and Adam becoming less of a thing, so perhaps he won’t feel so bad.

I also love how Mr. Gray is becoming more of a father figure to Blue. Their relationship is growing stronger.

New characters are introduced but I don’t want to discuss that here because I think it is too much of a spoiler. However, she is well developed, crazy, and entirely interesting!

We also get to see a lot more of Greenmantle! Honestly, he doesn’t seem to be as “bad-ass” as I thought he was; it’s no wonder he wants others to do his dirty work! I find him to be manipulative and smart, but weak.


The writing is fantastic! I liked it a lot more in this book! Everything flows well and the dialogue is so incredibly accurate and natural! Nothing felt cheesy or forced!


I love this cover! It is gorgeous, well designed and is everything I look for! The only thing I dislike are the blurbs on the back for the other two books however, I like them on the back better than I do on the front. I guess if they have to put them somewhere then that is a good place.


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5 thoughts on “Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. Awesome Review , i really want to read this book , but this is another book on my every increasing pile of To Be Read Shelf 😕


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