Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater: mini review

Synopsis

The third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!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.

Review

Mini review for this third book and mildly spoilerish for books 1 and 2.

If The Dream Thieves was the book where everything and everyone fell apart Lily Blue, Blue Lily is the book where everything is consolidated.
This is also the darker book of this series so far with the death of one of the characters that I came to have a fondness for. It made me sad and angry at Maggie for that death.

“Everything has got so ugly. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.”

Yet from the beginning we have learned that life is a circle and got hints that many if not all characters in the book had previous lives so maybe we’ll see that character in another book or series, who knows….

The Dream Thieves focused around Ronan while the Raven Boys was about Adam. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is Lily’s book.
She will have her personal journey and will learn what she is.
Lily will also feels very lost and alone as her mom disappeared. She’ll have some task to perform alone and it will make her realize that she’s never been alone before, always having someone to reassure her or to give a hand and fall with her.

As much as Adam was drifting away and was angry, unknowable in the previous books he’ll come to life in this one. But not before a personal quest and several ordeals.

“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 definition unrelated to each other perfectly displays why lonesome cannot be properly mirrored. It does not mean solitude, nor alone, although lonesome can contain all those words in itself.
Lonesome means a state of being apart. Of being other. Alone-some.”

But this is the book where he’ll fully wear the magician’s mantle, will gain in confidence and will also lose his rage. I was so happy to see him so “awake” and getting back to Gansey. Finally, he’s stopped fighting. He’s been more grounded, ready to fully become who he was meant to be.

As with the other books we’ll be introduced to new side characters, some won’t make it and others will play a major role in the next installment.

Maggie Stiefvater has once again enthralled me with her imaginary world and poetic writing. There is magic, action, quests, deaths and personal journey. What’s not to love right? I read that book in two sittings, the last one being a very long walk with my dog while I was reading and avoiding holes in the ground 😀

I can’t wait to read the last book of the series and see if my prediction will come to life!

Gansey, here I come!

One thing that I have learned (borrowing this marvelous idea from @lilisblissfulpages)

You have to believe that you are more than what meets the eyes.

Have you read this series?

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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15 Replies to “Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater: mini review”

  1. Loved your review! I still need to start this series.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Laura!

  2. The Raven Cycle is one of the best series I have ever had the pleasure to read. Stiefvater is a GODDESS writer and I can’t wait to read more from her.
    Wonderful review, Sophie <3

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Sophie! I guess that you’ll read call Down the Hawk then?

  3. I am so excited for your review of The Raven King!!!!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      It’s out now Meeghan LOL

      1. Yes, I’ve seen it now!!

  4. I have not read this series, but I don’t mind spoilers. I really want to, because there is so much love for it!

    Great review. I hope your theories pan out…or do I? Mwahaha. LOL

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Angie Elle as I have now finished the last book they did not pan out! Twist …of course! LOL

  5. I wish The Raven Boys had worked for me better because it sounds like this entry in the series was pretty remarkable.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Well Tanya I think Maggie’s style either pleases or not but yes Blue Lily was really great!

  6. Great review, so happy you loved this one!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Caro!!

  7. Ah Sophie I’m so happy you loved this one so much! I felt so captivated by the entire series, I loved Maggie’s writing style and grew so, so attached to all of these characters. Can’t wait for you to read the last book 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      It’s done now Marie! And now I can’t wait for Call Down the hawk!

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