Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater

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This is the explosive third book in The Raven Cycle Series and I have waited what feels like months to read this book as my local library didn’t have it until recently. Blue Lily, Lily Blue follows the Raven Boys and Blue as they still search for Glendower but with people missing, new visitors to Henrietta and the ley-lines attracting Adam and the others to explore, this book has no shortage of twists and turns.

It’s hard to describe this book without spoilers but it is unbelievable, I wish I had have binged it because it was heart-breaking setting it down from one day to the next. This book just seemed to have it all and it flowed perfectly from The Dream Thieves which is the second book in the series. Maura has gone into the caves to try and locate Artemes, Blue’s father and early on in the plot we find out there are three sleepers, two of which need woken up, so the Raven boys and Blue try to locate them assuming that one is Glendower. As well as this, someone has arrived in Henrietta who is a threat to the Raven Boys, Blue and their friends and family so there is a constant tension looming over the initial search for Glendower.

As with all the books so far in The Raven Cycle I can’t help but love the characters and ‘Oh the feels’ with Ronan and Adam in this book and Gansey and Blue are too much. The relationships are a big part of the plot and you can’t help but love the mix of characters, each one contributes something new to the overall feel and experience of the different storylines. Even the minor characters hold such big personalities and traits that their small presence has a big impact such as Calla, Persephone, Mr Grey and Kavinsky.

The speed of the plot is fast paced and easy to read with each chapter flowing into the next. There is always something to keep reading for and I can honestly say this is one of few series that stays consistent and seems to be building to a big ending. Some series dwindle and drag out the plot across numerous books but this series does not slow in any way. I can honestly say I didn’t find one instance where I was bored and on the contrary there were points that I was on the edge of my seat especially the chapters within the cave.

The end of this book definitely sets up for a big ending with the fourth book because there are now so many different elements and powers pulling together for what I can only imagine to be a jaw-dropping finale. As soon as I finished Blue Lilly, Lily Blue I immediately started The Raven King and as much as I desperately want to binge it, I’m aware this is the last book and I don’t want this series to end. I gave Blue Lily, Lily Blue a 5 out of 5 stars and all I can say is that if you haven’t read this series you are missing out. I would love to see this adapted into a movie or even a TV show so Netflix get on this!

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