Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Also in this series: The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, The Raven King
Released by Scholastic on 21 October 2014
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.
Gods, it took me way too long to finish this book! I officially marked it as ‘currently reading’ on 11 May, but I didn’t really start reading it until a couple of days (maybe a week?) later. And I finally finished it on 15 June, which was due to a couple of reasons: I was in a reading slump, I read more graphic novels than books the past three weeks and I went to see a lot of movies in between me starting the book and finishing it. But I did finally finish it and, gods I loved it so much!
Blue Lily, Lily Blue continues where the previous book left us – Maura is missing, and the gang has to find her before something bad happens to her. But how do you find someone in a place like Cabeswater? Honestly, as much as I didn’t really care for the whole Glendower part of this story, I was glad when this book finally went back to the search for him. I mean I liked that we explored Ronan’s power in the previous book, but I don’t know, I just wasn’t that interested in it anymore after a while.
Yeah, this book was once again about the search for Glendower, and they do a lot of cave searching in this book. Partly to find Maura – Blue’s mother – but also still because they want to find Glendower. We meet the man behind the Grey Man – Colin Greenmantle – who was not at all who I expected he was View Spoiler »to be honest he was a cowardly piece of shit, seriously his wife was tougher than he was « Hide Spoiler and Piper was just a huge bitch, sorry not sorry.
What I kind of disliked about this book was that one character was shouting all the time SO EVERYTHING HE SAID WAS TYPED IN CAPS. I mean sure, tell us that he’s shouting, but please stop typing everything in caps? I mean it makes him shout in my head as well and that gave me a headache. View Spoiler »Also I want to know what happened to Adam’s dad after the court date? We literally DO NOT find out whether he’s been released from jail or has to go back there, I mean seriously?!?! « Hide Spoiler
Though the writing was practically the same as the previous two books, I found this third book a lot less confusing. I did, however, read Maggie Stiefvater’s recap of the book, just because her recaps are just so hilarious – but this time I didn’t need to read them because I still didn’t really understand what was going on. This is mostly the reason I enjoyed this third book a bit more than the previous two!
Like I said, I loved that they went on to search for Glendower again, and for Maura as well, but did it really have to hurt this much? I was nearly crying by the end of the book and then that thing happened and I got mad as hell. I really need to pick up The Raven King soon – which my friend kindly lend out to me as well, thank you Lynn – and I really really really need to finish it in under a month.
In the end, I enjoyed Blue Lily, Lily Blue so much, and I will of course definitely be picking up the next and last book in the series. I definitely recommend this to people who love magic and legends and pain.
My opinion in one gif:
(me @ that ending)