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

Saturday, May 28th 2016

Maggie Stiefvater handling Blue Lily, Lilly Blue

The way that Maggie Stiefvater is holding this book is a damn clue how power this book is. It really should say  BEWARE this novel contains romantic gestures, raw truths, love, life, destiny, and discovery.

four-stars
I read this book October 2015

“Queens and kings
Kings and queens
Blue lily, lily blue
Crowns and birds
Swords and things
Blue lily, lily blue”

Blue Lily Lily Blue

 Blue Lily,Lily Blue is the third novel of The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. The adventure continues with Blue and her Raven Boys, yet the adventure in this novel is extremely different from the previous events from The Dream Thieves. In  Blue Lily, Lily Blue  mothers have suddenly disappear without notice and visions can be mislead for those who witness them. Centuries of secrets, missing kings and hidden marvels are right at Richard Gansey III fingertips. Or they would be if he knew where to put his hand in order to grasp what he’s always wanted, Owain Glyndwr.

Within the first page of reading the book we are meet by my favorite psychic Persephone standing not he hilltop training Adam on how to focus into the power within the ley lines.Meanwhile an extremely worried Blue is trying to find clues on where her mother has suddenly disappeared to. At Maura wasn’t to horrible when she left since she left a note stating she was going to find Artemus, Blue’s father. Calla is just as worried as Blue about the disappears of Marua as they both try to find clues to help them find their missing love one.
While the panic is at high 30 Fox Way, Maura is busy underground, continuing her own adventure trying to find her old love.

Adam made the promise to Cabeswater. Cabeswater is now strengthen. The ley lines has strengthen, and the search is has never been truer.
Once again Maggie Stiefvater has added another character to the cast of characters within The Raven Cycles series. Meet Malory, an older gentleman Gansey meet during his hike cross Europe trip discovering the ley lines.  Malory brings news to Gansey that is going to add more information for the quest of Glendower.

There are a lot of plot points in this novel that really strengthen the relationship between Blue and her Raven Boys. I felt that this book wasn’t as amazing as it’s previous novel The Dream Thieves, there is a lot to take in.

I said it before and I say it again Maggie Steifvater has an credible way of writing. Her writing style is so invigorating because she lives so many clues for readers to puzzle over. What I love about her writing, especially in The Raven Cycle series is that there are small moments that change the dynamic of the character relationship that changes the entire way the book feels.
How the character feels. How the story feels The best moment of this is how the small moment Ronan calling Blue by her lastnae Sargent, thus giving her a verbal recognition of respect. To anyone else it could have been seen as Ronan just finding ways to annoy Blue, but Blue knew what the gesture was. It was Ronan telling Blue that she’s one of them, she regardless if she liked it or not was apart of the group. Blue Sargent is apart of these boys lives, they were destined for an adventure regardless how dangerous it is, they would face it together.

With each book of The Raven Cycle readers are given a deeper look at the characters, in particular is Adam. Oh dear lord Adam. Adam Parish is an amazing character even if he’s not the type of fictional character I would ever want to be my boyfriend. Although he is the type of fictional boyfriend I could relate. My own father wasn’t much different  from Adam’s, expect Cabeswater was there to help save Adam from the worse.

I love this series so much. Even as I am writing this review I am listening to Will Patton’s read the epilogue for the final installment The Raven King. Honestly I need to re-listen to this audiobook for two reasons:

1.Will Patton’s voice is rich honey. Will Patton could stand in the center of a mosquito bitten swamp and I’ll probably buy what ever he’s selling by the pound.

2.Maggie Stiefvater has left so many clues about what was going to happen to the group that every book has a pattern of events that are being pulled together. What I’m trying to say is the way that Stiefvater writes is hypnotic. She gives you all the clues about what’s going to happen. She doesn’t hide the clues, the symbolism, the meaning, instead she leaves them for you all in plain obvious sight. When it’s time for her to pull each and ever pieces out of it’s obvious resting places to make the final image, it leaves the readers breathless. We knew the clues. We read the clues. We heard the clues. We should have known what was going to happen or at least how it was going to happen yet we trusted in a different ending. We were lead to believe a different plot is going to occur. Yet the truth is that was never the case.

Maggie Stiefvater Tarot Deck

Obviously I have a Stiefvater fan. She’s an amazing person. I admire her so very much. Her characters are amazing. Honestly give yourself  treat and get to know these Raven Boys.
Happy Reading
~Lia

About Maggie Stiefvater

New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

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 editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. 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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