I fell in love with the fantastic cover the book has. It wasn´t the title or the fact, that this is the third installment of Maggie Stiefvater´s famous The Raven Cycle series. No, the way how the cover is created, the color combination, and that it shows obviously Blue – all that made me want it. I was asking myself after the first book The Raven Boys, what had happened to Neeve. In this book, I got the answer. And what answer that was – I literally smirked during I read that scene.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue
by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven Cycle #3
Publisher Scholastic Press on October 21, 2014
Genre Mystery
Pages 400
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased

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 be mislead. Certainties can unravel. 
Adam still works on his plan to repair the Ley-Line and his connection with Cabeswater is not uncomplicated but he has to deal with it. Blue´s life has changed a lot since her mother disappeared from the surface of the planet. Although she kind of knows where she is, her mother at least left her a note, but life isn´t the same without her. And when she, Gansey, Adam, and Ronan start to discover the cave and keep on searching for a way to awake the lost king, they also find some very interesting things in their own lives as well.

The story is mostly told in the third person perspective from Blue. But from some other characters, the reader gets to know the thoughts and hopes as well. Maggie Stiefvater hasn´t managed to let her third book of The Raven Cycle, be as great as the former two books, but Blue Lily, Lily Blue is very entertaining, has a lot of acrimonious dialogues and scenes, and shows things you´d never have imagined. The author uses words like a weapon and combines them with a fantastic plot, entertaining scenes, and a bunch of thrilling characters. The mix is one hell of a diversified novel where a lot of different tones come up. The story is filled with irony, sarcasm, and wonderful thoughts, and Maggie Stiefvater is devoted to her unique writing style and how she uses words. Though I enjoyed it very much, for some reason, I couldn´t stay so focused on it as I was with the other two. There was nothing wrong with the things that happened, nothing wrong with the acting characters or why they all did what they did. I guess it was more of me. Despite that, I am looking very much forward to get to the last book of this series.

A lot of new characters show up in this third book. Well, they are not completely new – they were in the previous books part of a telephone- or a normal conversation, so they are not really new – but they never showed up in person. In Blue Lily, Lily Blue they appear and that with a certain kind of irony and sarcasm. I had to shake my head over some of their thinking, how they tried to scare the Raven Boys or Blue, for that matter. And to see how they were acting along with each other was quite fun.

Gwenllian – she is one heck of a crazy but great figure. Her appearance in the Sargent household is hilarious. She is a whirlwind and creates nothing but chaos. Well, okay after being kind of buried for several hundred years in a cave, I guess, we can concede a person this behavior. I admit, her lack of manners is not that ideal, but hey, she says nothing that´s untrue. She is blunt and yes, she has a sometimes very rough way to make her point, but she never harmed anyone; or at least not yet.

Blue gets for the first time in her life confronted with the cruel face death can have. And that shakes her to the ground. It is one thing to know that death is part of life and to help her family to get the names to warn those people if they were customers of them. But it is for sure something quite different to see death with your own eyes, to touch death. She is a remarkable teenager and how she deals with it, is outstanding.

I had my fun during reading, and it was very entertaining, but not as much fun as the other two Raven Cycle books before. I highly recommend it anyways.

Happy reading

Maggie Stiefvater
Maggie Stiefvater ©Robert Severi

All of Maggie Stiefvater´s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you´re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical edition (all of which she´s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She´s made her living in one or the other since she was twenty-two. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.


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