Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Book Three in the Raven Boys
Published By: Scholastic (October 21, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 5 Stars!

Book Description:
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.







For some unimaginable reason I thought Blue Lily, Lily Blue was the last book in the Raven Cycle series and even though I am thrilled that we will get yet another beautiful written, beautiful imaginative story, I would be lying if I didn't say I am somewhat sad at the same time that all of my questions weren't answered in this installment. I was looking forward to seeing where it would end and of course seriously hoping for some lip on lip action for Blue.

Having said all of that though, this wasn't a disappointment, not in the least. Steifvater once again stuns us with her beautiful imagery and prose. With her ability to lead us down one path only to put a huge fork in the road and make us all confused again about the direction we are going in.

I love her riddles, the sneaky foreshadowing and most of all, I love Blue and her Raven boys and the craziness that is 300 Fox Way.

Better characters, more fierce determined, driven characters, would be hard pressed to find. I love their camaraderie, their willingness to help each other even when they can't stand one another. Their tenacity, their friendship and I love the crazy quest that is constantly changing and growing and becoming something so much more than finding a sleeping king.

Stievfater never ceases to amaze me with her ability to weave a story. A story whos answers only lead to more questions and mystery and you are okay with that because the darn thing is so compelling that you don't even care. You are completely sucked into it and nothing even matter anymore except that they find what they are looking for and yes, that poor Blue gets that kiss she so sorely deserves.

Who will die? Who will survive and who will forever be changed, maybe even for the worst? One thing is for sure, it is going to be great no matter what happens and once again Stievfater will sweep us into the story and make everything else obsolete in the process.


And that ending? It only makes me more anxious for the next book, maybe even more so than any of the others have been capable of doing thus far. 







*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*




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36 comments:

  1. Okay, I'm reading this now so I totally skimmed your review because I want to continue being completely blind to everything in this book. Haha. BUT I'M SO EXCITED AND I'M SO GLAD YOU LOVED IT <33

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  2. Skimming skimming! I love this series and I don't want spoilers or anything even mildly related to it. But I cant help myself so.I just read the first paragraph & saw your rating. Encouraging... now I need to find the time to read this in the next couple of weeks.

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  3. I just finished listening to The Raven Boys a couple of weeks ago, and it was ok, but I wasn't wowed by it. That happened when I read her The Wolves of Mercy Falls series too though, so I fully intend on continuing. I skimmed your review—5 stars—YAY!

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    1. I didn't like her Mercy series but I love this series.

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  4. OK! That's it! I seriously need to get a start on this series. Everyone has been raving about it and I need to experience the beauty of this series myself. That's so great that you were so into this book. Is the next one the last one, btw?
    Lovely review, Ali!

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    1. I do think the 4th is the last but with Maggie you never know. ;)

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  5. I CANNOT WAIT TO READ THIS ALI!!! But first I need to read book 2:) I was waiting until it was closer to release time for this book, but of course now I'm worried about the end of this one and how brutal the wait for the next one will be!

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  6. I think I'm seriously the only person alive that isn't into this series. I read the Raven Boys (actually listened to it on audio) and just wasn't wowed by it at all, so I never continued on. Maybe I should give it another chance? I'm glad to see you enjoyed this one so much! :)

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    1. It probably isn't for everyone, the writing style is a bit different.

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  7. YAY I'm so happy to see such a lovely review and such a high rating from you. I'm in love with Stiefvater's writing and really enjoying this book so far. I also for some reason thought this one was the end but I guess I can live with not having all my answers in this one. Lovely review!

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    1. Thanks Lauren and yeah, I don't know why I thought it was a trilogy but at least I wasn't the only one that thought so.

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  8. I haven't read this series yet but with the praises I've heard for all the books in the series, I'm definitely picking them all up! Just waiting until the last book comes out so I don't have to wait inbetween reading each book ;) Can't wait to meet Blue and her Raven boys!

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    1. Sometimes I do wish I would have waited just because there is so much detail it can be easy to forget things in between books.

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  9. Great review Kindlemom, thanks for sharing it.

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  10. Maybe it's good I haven't started this series yet. I can read them all closer together and hopefully not suffer from forgetting things or worrying about cliffhangers. 5 stars though, wow, that's great!

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    1. You do need to read it Candace but I don't blame you at all for waiting until they are all out.

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  11. Argh! Another cliffie? I am disappointed, I thought this one was the finale as well, oh well at least we get another one. I have to do this on audio as I loved Will Patton's narration for the last book. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Glad that narration is awesome as well Heidi, you will really like this one too I think. And yeah a cliffie for sure. :(

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  12. Yay, Ali! I'm so glad this was another amazing read. I adore this series and can't wait to read it myself. Wonderful review - you have me on pins and needles. Happy Friday :)

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    1. Thanks so much Kim, you will love it!

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  13. I haven't had the chance to read this series yet. I don't know what the hold up is, to be honest. I love Maggie's words, and the worlds that are descriptively her own.

    Glad you loved this one! Five stars! wow.

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    1. I have a feeling you are going to love it Joy, especially if you already love her work so READ IT! :P

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  14. I have a love/hate relationship with this author. I absolutely loved The Scorpio Races (one of my all time favorite books), but then everything else I've read of hers, I've really disliked :( I actually DNF'd the first book in the Raven Boys series (I know, I know, don't throw tomatoes at me lol). Glad you're loving this series though!

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    1. It happens, I didn't like her Mercy series so I don't think her books are for everyone. Funny how we can dislike one series but then love another of hers isn't it? :D

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  15. I've only read the first book in this series, so by the time I get them all done, the last should be out. It certainly sounds wonderful. Nice review!!

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    1. Glad you are continuing with the series Ellen!

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  16. I feel so left out. Your review is wonderful and of course this series is on my wishlist. I just needs more time!!!!

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  17. wow this series just sounds better and better all the time, cannot believe I have not read it yet :|

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  18. Grr ... this author has been on my radar for way too long without me doing anything about it. I may have to jump on this series once I'm caught up with the Throne of Glass books.

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    1. Definitely make this one next Christy!

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