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Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

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Title:Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Author:Maggie Stiefvater

Series:Book 3

Rating★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Note:Reviews for Book 1 and Book 2 here.

Synopsis

The third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

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.

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It was amazing that she and Ronan didn’t get along better, because they were different brands of the same impossible stuff. 

I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, but I do have to say that Blue Lily, Lily Blue is around when I felt like the story was slipping. It was still a good read, but I did have some issues with it.

Something that I obviously really enjoyed was Blue and the boys continuing their quest for Glendower. The fantasy elements were definitely my favorite parts. I won’t spoil things, but I loved the creepy/intense vibes that came with them exploring the caves and whatnot. It was well done and always left the group a little jarred and with more questions than answers.

I also liked that we got to see one of the previously faceless antagonists make an appearance in this book. I actually really loved Greenmantle! He was kind of funny and not at all what I expected in a way. His wife, Piper, was also quite the character. The way she played into the plot was great as well because I hadn’t been expecting her to play such a big role.

Adam was beginning to realize that he hadn’t known Ronan at all. Or rather, he had known part of him and assumed it was all of him. 

And I also want to mention that I like the development that both Ronan and Adam went through. I think they both grew a lot in this book especially Adam. He really started to open up and trust his friends more and get over his pride. This was really important to me because in previous books Adam’s character tended to be my least favorite just because he was always so prideful.

One character that I wasn’t too fond of was Henry. In a way, he was entertaining as a side character and I liked how he understood Blue and Gansey, but I also felt like he was introduced so late in the series. I think that was my real issue with him; he came late in the game and it was kind of hard for me to accept him into the group.

The other part I didn’t really enjoy was the romance. I think I’ve mentioned before how the writing just doesn’t click with me when it comes to Gansey and Blue. They bond in ways that just don’t feel too emotional to me. Nothing incredibly romantic happens and they almost never have time alone to develop their relationship (in my eyes); I only ever see them when they’re on their quest and I just don’t see the romantic development.

Aside from that, I thought the plot and pacing are pretty good in Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I actually felt like we were getting closer to getting some answers! Plus, things definitely got murdery, intense, and creepy. I loved the twist at the end! It had me immediately reaching for the next (and last) book.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue was a good sequel to the series overall and I’m anxious to see how it all ends.

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