[482]: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

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GOODREADS SUMMARY | Scholastic | Hardcover, 391 pages | The Raven Cycle, #3 | Young Adult | Fantasy | Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Foreword: Not much of a review, I’m afraid. I’m either way too taken with this series to form any coherent, mildly educated opinion or I just couldn’t think of anything else to add to the milieu of flailing reactions to the wonders of these books.

It’s been weeks since I finished this. Before the Christmas break, I decided to binge-read all three books.  Now I’m sitting here staring at my blinking cursor because I don’t quite know what to write. Maggie Stiefvater is one of those scary-brilliant authors. It’s why it’d taken me a long time to start this series.

Tell me, how long must we wait for that long-awaited kiss? The one that will supposedly kill Blue’s true love? Yes, it sounds corny. But heck, romance is not really this book’s strong suit. It created its own myth from a legend very privileged few knew about. It has an extraordinary family dynamics consisting of generations of mystical women. It also features a brotherhood that encompasses gene composition.

For all intents and purposes, Blue Lily, Lily Blue is Blue Sargent’s story. While everybody got their turn on centre stage, this book really is about Blue’s own quest: Her mother is still missing. In the meantime, the rest of the gang continues to suffer through their own dramas: Gansey is still eternally obsessed with Glendower. Adam is still the caretaker of the leylines. Ronan is still an ass, albeit, a much more tolerable ass these days.


I just want these kids to get what they want. I want Blue and Gansey to live happily ever after. I want the Grayman and Blue’s mother to live happily ever after. I want Ronan to get his happily ever after. And I want Adam  to be spared from every cruel thing that Maggie seems determined to bestow upon him.


Oh how could you be so cruel.


  • I have never read this series before but I have only heard great things about the Raven Cycle. And also her other books as well, so I will definitely be trying some of those soon. I also like authors like her, who love to tease their readers ^^

  • I haven’t started this series yet, but I really need to get around to it because everyone says it’s so good. Blue still hasn’t kissed anyone on book three? Wow. That’s a funny Tumblr post. Why do authors love to abuse their poor characters?

    • Hahhahah! Sometimes, authors are mean creatures. 🙂

  • I got warm fuzzies just seeing your rating! This series–anything Maggie Stiefvater writes really, for goodness sake–is just magical. How she does it, I’ll never know. Though, this is definitely one series I’ll be so terribly invested in the ending that if it doesn’t work out properly I’ll probably throw something… We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. 🙂

  • I am so anxious to continue on with this series – I have only read The Raven Boys and really loved it. I finally did a trade and the next books are on there way to me now! Can’t wait to catch up!


    Oh wow you binge read it. HOW ARE YOU DOING ARE YOU OKAY? I’m glad you loved it because I did too hahahaha

  • Oh wow! I am so glad you loved this series! I actually have the first book, but haven’t got around to reading it! Now, I know I need to. Thanks for letting me know!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • I started The Raven Boys when it first came out, but I just couldn’t get into it. I’m thinking I may try it again, though, with all of the amazing reviews I’ve been seeing for this series lately! Your review makes Blue Lily, Lily Blue sound especially incredible 🙂 Maggie’s post made me lol, oh my gosh.

  • I’m laughing so hard at Maggie’s tumblr post! I’m actually rereading The Raven Boys so I can read The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue! So glad this was another great hit! 🙂

  • Maggie Stiefvater is scary brilliant. And I think it’s funny that you said this WAS Blue’s story because in my review I said it wasn’t, as least no more than the other characters. I do just want Blue and Gansey to live HEA and my god I really hope they do.

  • I love when a book can just blow your mind. It’s the reason I love reading so much. Because it’s really just words on paper, and it can just make you feel SO MUCH! I pity people who don’t read.

    – Love, Felicia

    • Right? They don’t know what their missing!

  • There’s magic in this series – right?!! I love everything you mentioned, and my mind spins trying to figure out where Maggie Stiefvater is going with this. The kiss, ley lines, the king, colors, archetypes …
    Awesome review!! 🙂

  • BLLB. <3 GAAAANSEY. So much love. Sigh. I am so so happy you read and loved these books, finally, Joy. <3 And yesss. I need that Blue/Gansey kiss already. I WANT IT. I want it so badly. Sigh. But, hah, I think Adam deserves to pay a little :p he keeps hurting Gansey and I am not pleased about it. Hmph. He needs to make up for it 🙂 Anyway. Gorgeous post Joy. <3

  • Oh jeez that tweet from the author. LOL

    Oh and yes I want all those things too! Isn’t there just one more book. Sadly I didn’t love this one as I did the others so there were no crazy flailings for me to do. I’m so glad you were able to binge read them – maybe that would have made me enjoy the third more. I just felt like so much happened without anything much happened even though I know a lot of progress was made.

    • I hear ya. I totally agree with you as well. It reminds me of me being crazy busy, running around, but at the end of the day, I didn’t accomplish one single thing. Lol.

  • I feel like this is the precise reason that makes this series so incredible and Stiefvater such a phenomenal writer: we all care SO MUCH. Seriously, I would probably give a limb at this point to make sure everyone got the happiest of all happy endings. And I want that kiss just as badly as you do, trust me. *sigh* The wait for Book 4 is going to be long but probably oh-so-worth-it. 😉

    • Painstakingly long. And depending on how it ends, I know it will break me. *cries*

  • I’m a little nervous about starting this series which is why I’m waiting for the final book to come out so I can just binge-read them all, but haha! The author is really cruel! She seems like a tease. I hope these kids get their HEA too!
    Lovely review, Joy!

    • Oh that’s a good idea, Nick. Spare yourself the agony of the wait. *thumbs up*

  • *does a happy dance* I LOVE this series and I totally think it is underrated. I can’t wait for the fourth book! I love Blue and her Raven Boys so much and I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.

    • *dances with you* Right? OMG. I need a Blue/Gansey kiss like, RTFN. WHELP.

  • Hahaha! That petition is awesome and although I’ve only read the first book, I can understand why there is one…Adam’s so nice and he deserves a good ending! I must admit, I skimmed your review since I’ve yet to read the second book. I’ve been procrastinating since it’s Ronan’s story and he’s my least favourite character 🙁 but I will listen to this soon! Maybe after listening to the Kate Daniels series. I’m so glad this third book is worth it Joy!

    • Oh but Ronan tugs at my heartstrings, I swear. <3

  • HAHAHAHAHA what a brilliant author. Soooo…I haven’t started this series, but I will this year, I swear! I’m so glad to hear that it lives up to the hype for you, I’ve heard nothing but brilliant things about the Raven Cycle. And the mythos – omg! I can’t WAIT to dive into it. I hope you don’t have to wait too long for the next one Joy xx

    • Oh Joy, you’ll enjoy this! Looking forward to how you’ll fare.

  • Was this the end or not?

  • OMG! Hahahaha. To think there was actually a petition about it! I think it’s actually a compliment because it only goes to show how much the series and the books affect the readers in general 🙂 I need to try this series out, even if it means enduring really bad things happening to beloved characters.

    Faye at The Social Potato

    • Oh exactly. And Maggie has a penchant for writing characters that she wants everybody to love, even though she’ll go out of her way to make him detestable. Lol.

  • That’s so great when a series blows you away like that, mainly after 3 books. I haven’t tried it I confess. I’ve only read her other series but I should. Great review!

    • You must, Melliane. It’s such a unique book. 🙂