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Hey Epic Geeks,
I finally picked up The Raven Cycle series and let me just tell you, I’m in love. Today I’m bringing you my full review of Book #3; Blue Lily, Lily Blue.
“Blue Lily, Lily Blue” by Maggie Stiefvater is a young adult, fantasy novel. This is book three of four. If you haven’t read Book #1 or #2, go check out my full review of The Raven Boys and my full review of The Dream Thieves. In the third installment, we go back to a lot of Blue. She’s finally discovering herself and why she’s “something special” … Found things can easily be lost.
Just like the first and second books, Blue Lily, Lily Blue received a five-star review without a single hesitation. Maggie Stiefvater, as I hoped, continued to make the books better and better. She introduced new characters easily and smoothly, weaving her web of everything together even more. The more you think you have these books figured out; the more Maggie adds more to make you unsure.
First, I’ll talk about the newer characters who played a big part.
Malory, Gansey’s old friend, was somewhat of an annoying character. All of the characters even though so. Ronan avoided the house. Malory’s tea had to be perfect. He was scared and didn’t really want to do anything. His support animal was there for anxiety, not any other disabilities as it may imply. He just overall wasn’t my favorite, even phone calls prior were a little annoying. He did bring new light into the world though such as how Gansey left without saying anything. It really added a new thought process around Gansey and how he works alone. I think his development form lonely leader is growing into realizing he needs his friends.
At first, I wasn’t really fond of Gwenllian, Glendower’s daughter. However, the further I read, the more I liked her random appearances and riddled speech. I love that she made it clear she was not one of the sleepers. I really appreciate how much she helps Blue realize her potential as a mirror. As annoying as Gwen can be, I think she’s secretly trying to be a mentor to the mirror. I can’t wait to see more and more from Blue now that she knows something about herself.
Jesse Dittle was on the list. I love how philosophical Blue got, wondering if their actions will lead to his death. Do they stay away or not? Is it their fault? Later he dies and it had nothing directly related to their actions because it was PIPER! Have to love her.
Now to the Greenmatles. When I started the story, I thought Mr. Greenmantle would be the bad guy. We find out he was the one who put a price on Ronan’s dad’s head. It was amusing that he was the new Latin teacher, rivaling Ronan in class. He brought his prowess home though and treated his wife Piper … not so well. He wanted to ravish her with gifts, but dragged her on his own journeys without question and pushed her around verbally, while also using her for sex. Once she started doing her own thing, such as joining a book club, he acted as if she needed to have him as the center of her world. He kept brushing off her ideas and even her interest in being a psychic.
I love that Piper ended up being a major part and overstepping Greenmantle. She is the one who led the crusade to awake the third sleeper, even though her husband wanted nothing to do with it, afraid of Ronan and Adam.
Speaking of the duo I love together so much, this is the book that finally it was made pretty obvious that yes you should ship them. I’m so happy I guessed it so soon and have been rooting for them since day one. Ronan and Adam are powerful but confused alone … but together, they are a powerful duo tapping into Cabeswater. They work so well together and I cannot wait for it to actually happen.
I was extremely sad when Persephone died. I loved her character and it was definitely a shock when she was found dead when Adam had just been talking to her. He’s seeing ghosts and Persephone was one of them, sadly. I love how much he cared about her though and they all were panicked and sad when she passed.
Who else will die?
Honestly, I hope one of the five die. I don’t want a happy ending with book four. So far, we have one dead, Persephone, and then random characters.
Theory time: Glendower doesn’t grant wishes. Glendower will be the death of Gansey but then gets brought back, killing Blue or someone else in the five. Adam or Ronan would be a crushing. Since they make sure everyone knows that time is not linear, I wonder how much the timeline will be twisted in the last book. Maybe the timeline is how no one dies. Kill Gansey and then he’s actually alive in the timeline somewhere.
Another theory I have is that Glendower doesn’t exist, but it’s actually one of the five. They’ll have to do something special and they basically evolve into an epic legendary or something.
Audiobook warning: You will get “Blue Lily, Lily Blue” stuck in your head. You will want to sing it creepily around the house. You have been warned.
I feel like I’m missing so much. I definitely didn’t hit everything so comment down below and chat with me! What are your theories following Blue Lily, Lily Blue? What do you think will happen in the fourth book?
In the meantime, keep calm and stay epic,