Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie StiefvaterBlue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: October 1, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Gift
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: three-half-stars

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 have let my people down. Not only did I NOT love this book as much as I wanted to/thought that I would, I am also failing at writing a review. I’m just one big failure at this point. So here I am, trying to write a post to justify my non-feels and possibly upsetting the majority of the blogging population. I’M SORRY, FRIENDS.

Sooo, my main issue with the book was the choppy writing. Maybe this was Maggie’s intention which, to be honest, wouldn’t surprise me, but the entire thing felt very dreamlike with the jumping from point to point and the stopping and starting. You know how, in dreams, you end up in places without knowing how you get there? That’s how this book felt to me. There was no journey, there was hopping. But considering this whole series is weird and dreamy and one of the characters is a freakin’ Dream God and another is trying to find a sleeping king in a sleepy Virginian town, perhaps this was intentional.

RONAN THOUGH. RONAN. Okay so I have previously said that he wasn’t my favourite character because in The Raven Boys I loved Adam the most, and then in The Dream Thieves I was Team Gansey, but now I have switched again and teamed up with Ronan. I don’t even know how it happened, you guys. I just liked his scenes with Blue and also with Adam and his awesomeness. If I switch again in book four then it will be the most brilliant thing because normally I find a person in the first book in a series and stick with them until death do us part. MAGGIE WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME.

Can we also talk about my entirely ridiculous Ronan x Blue crack!ship because that’s a thing. Why does chemistry happen to characters who aren’t going to be together *weeps*. I am cursed. (He held her. Twice. Guys. GUYS.) (Yes, I know he’s gay. Hence the crack! before my ship.)

I think I’ve mostly switched teams (again) because Gansey wasn’t featured in this book enough for my liking. The dude is probably about to die and he needs alllll the page-time. We didn’t get many scenes from his point of view, although the Bluesey stuff was enough to make me sob into my pillow. PHONE CALLS.

In addition to lacking Gansey, Blue Lily had entirely too much Adam. I know that this book managed to sway people back onto Team Adam, or at least have them forgive him for his arsehole ways in The Dream Thieves, but this was lost on me. I can hold major grudges, I guess.


  • I have resorted to bullet points, lawl
  • The church scene. “It was possible that there were two gods in this church.” This might be the moment I fell in love with Ronan because GOD. Is anyone else sensing Gannicus connections because ha, I am.
  • Jesse and Blue’s scenes were the best thing. BEST. THING.
  • Bits at the end that included a new character who was just useless and Blue was all MATE WE HAVE THINGS TO DO PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER *hits with a flip flop*
  • Court scene. That is all.

So, er… Yeah. That’s it, that’s my review.

hook youre welcome

4 comments on “Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. Meg 29/10/2014 7:17 pm


  2. Ellis 29/10/2014 8:20 pm

    You lied to me because this review is all kinds of coherent and sense-making. Very sad that you’re having a sad about not absolutely loving it, but that’s okay. You don’t have to apologise to the friends because you’re a fabulous person with good taste in music. The court scene was AMAZING. The church scene was ABDJDJDCBA. I’m still very happy that this ended up as a 3.5, both for you and for the TRC squad. I don’t know what I’m saying anymore. I do feel like she wrapped up so much in BLLB, even though there are still some THINGS that need to happen and it makes me so scared for the next book because ALL BETS ARE OFF AND I DON’T TRUST MAGGIE’S BRAIN AND GENERAL LEVEL OF SADISM. In any case, welcome to the Ronan Lynch fandom. We’re awesome.

  3. Kristen 30/10/2014 6:28 pm

    BLLB totally provides support for my theory that Ronan is actually Blue’s true love. Also, this book was the first time that I really liked Parrish, and I completely agree that there is not enough Gansey or enough plot development! But NOAH! There was such a grand amount of Noah that all else can be forgiven. I didn’t cry like I wanted to, but it left me in agony for book four!
    And PIPER. Oh my gosh, new favorite character right there. I know she’s evil. I really don’t care that she’s evil. She reminds me of Isabel from the Mercy Falls books, who was my favorite character there. I can’t wait to see more of Piper in book four, too! I also wish there had been more about the Lynches, though. I enjoyed your review! 🙂

  4. Crini 30/10/2014 9:58 pm

    and don’t even get me started on the phone calls (and hands holding in the car) SFJKSDJGALJDFGASFDSD

    I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW!!! *lays in puddle of feels on the floor*

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