- Series: Raven Cycle (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (October 21, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545424968
- ISBN-13: 978-0545424967
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (361 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 9 Up—Having inhaled the first two installments in this thrilling series about four Virginia schoolboys on a quest to find a legendary Welsh king, teens will be anxious to see where Stiefvater next leads Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah. The volume picks up directly after The Dream Thieves (Scholastic, 2013) and the quest takes some bizarre and dangerous twists. Blue Sargent and the psychically talented women of 300 Fox Way take center stage this time. Blue's mother Maura has disappeared, and it's not immediately clear if she wants to be found. Despite the fact that "time and space were bathtubs that Maura splashed in," Blue and Mr. Gray, Maura's ex-hitman boyfriend, begin to think she's underground and in trouble. Informed by several mystical and live sources that there are three ancient sleepers in the nearby mountain caves, one of which is not to be awakened, the young people are hurled toward a subterranean encounter of the weirdest kind. Throughout, the prose is crisp and dazzling and the dialogue positively crackles. The supernatural elements—magic, a mirrored lake, an evil curse, the appearance of Owen Glendower's 600-year-old daughter—are completely organic and suspension of disbelief is effortless due to the nuanced and affecting characterization. Blue and the Raven Boys come into their own over the course of the novel and realize their individual strengths and the power of their collective bonds, making them unstoppable. It's a good thing, because it seems as though all hell is about to break loose in the final volume.—Luann Toth, School Library Journal
*"Blue Lily, Lily Blue is, simply, a triumph." --Booklist, starred review
*"Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*"We have not yet finished loving these characters and exploring their world." --The Bulletin, starred review
*"Stiefvater's razor-sharp characterizations, drily witty dialogue, and knack for unexpected metaphors and turns of phrase make for sumptuous, thrilling reading. Readers will snap up the final installment the second it's available." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
*"The prose is crisp and dazzling and the dialogue positively crackles." --School Library Journal, starred review
Praise for The Dream Thieves:
* "Richly written and filled with figurative language . . . this story of secrets and dreams, of brothers and of all-too-real magic is an absolute marvel of imagination and an irresistible invitation to wonder." --Booklist, starred review
* "Mind-blowingly spectacular . . . Stiefvater's careful exploration of class and wealth and their limitations and opportunities astounds with its sensitivity and sophistication. The pace is electric, the prose marvelously sure-footed and strong, but it's the complicated characters . . . that meld magic and reality into an engrossing, believable whole." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "A paranormal thriller . . . this installment [is] more tense and foreboding than its predecessor -- and every bit as gripping." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "A complex web of magical intrigue and heartstopping action." --The Bulletin, starred review
* "Readers who want a moody chill and appreciate an atmospheric turn of phrase will want to spend more time in Henrietta." --School Library Journal, starred review
Praise for The Raven Boys:
"Stiefvater is a master storyteller." --USA Today
"A dizzying paranormal romance tinged with murder and Welsh mythology." --The Los Angeles Times
* "Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "A tour de force . . . such a memorable read." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "One unexpected and wonderful surprise after another . . . a marvel of imagination." -- Booklist, starred review
* "The Raven Boys is an incredibly rich and unique tale, a supernatural thriller of a different flavor. . . . Fans have been salivating for Stiefvater's next release and The Raven Boys delivers." --School Library Journal, starred review
"Equal parts thriller and mystery, with a measured dash of romance sprinkled on top . . . Maggie has woven such a unique, intriguing narrative that I struggled for comparisons." -- MTV.com
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 2012 Blue Ribbons list
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The ending had a secondary character come forward in a cliché cheese way. It had too many conveniences, a coincidence or two happening to wrap things up for the finale, and something that (according to what was said) shouldn't have been able to happen; with no explanation why it could/did happen. If the author does explain it in the next book - with the only super conventient/coincidental way it might possibly have taken place, I will hang my head in sadness.
One of my loves for these books has been that she could write interwoven complicated subplots without using crutches. Was it because everything was a beginning before, and now that the storylines need to start falling into place to be tied up that purity is waning? I guess I will find out with the next and final book.
All in all it was still a wonderful story full of colorful and eccentric characters, freaky-freak-freakish happenings, realistic dialogue, and the author's stellar setting descriptions which feed all five senses; and I loved it as a whole.
At the end of The Dream Thieves Blue’s mother Maura left the slightly cryptic note “Glendower is underground. So am I.” It’s been a little over two months since Maura disappeared and no one is any closer to finding her. The logical step is to continue the search for Glendower. So the story opens with Blue and her Raven Boys entering the cave Adam showed them at the end of The Dream Thieves to wake Glendower. Trouble is everything is pointing to there being three “sleepers”underground. One must be awakened, and the third one must not.
I love this series but was almost afraid to pick up this next installment, nervous about what might happen or if it would live up to already set expectation. Put simply, Blue Lily does. Where The Dream Thieves veered off a little from the search for Glendower, Blue Lily puts everyone back on track, kinda sorta. Considering both Maura and Glendower are underground the searches for both intersect. Blue Lily seemed to be a little more grounded, possibly because events take place in real time as opposed to so much of the book taking place in dreams. Either that or I’m getting really good at interpreting the subtext and subtleties within this magical world.
Maggie Stiefvater successfully continues story threads started in the last book, most specifically revolving around Mr. Gray. After deciding not to turn the Greywaren (i.e. Ronan) over to his employer, well, his employer Greenmantle decides to take matters into his own hands to deal with Mr. Gray’s indiscretion. It was the addition of Greenmantle and his wife that I found the most delightful. They are positively funny together and allowed Stiefvater to tie up a story thread while also using their presence as a means to a conflict we’ll see in the final book.
If you didn’t guess by the title, Blue takes more center stage in this one. School is getting ready to start again, and she’s struggling to figure out her future with feeling abandoned by her mom, coupled with fear about whether her mother is still alive and her still to-be-unacknowledged but ultimately cursed attraction to Gansey. Let’s just say the Lily Blue doesn’t lack angst, but whereas The Dream Thieves felt very emotionally volatile, in Blue Lily our characters seem as though they are beginning to feel more settled with themselves. There was more camaraderie knowing that they are all in this quest together contributing their own parts.
In the way The Dream Thieves dealt a lot with secrets (those you keep from yourself and others, those you tell, etc.). Blue Lily takes it a step further and deals with how well we know ourselves, how well we truly know others or others know us; the things we project or “mirror”to the outside world are all themes coursing throughout the book. Each character learns, or accepts, more about themselves and they’re tasked with augmenting that knowledge in order to use it in their quest to find Glendower.
So far, this has been a strong, very well written, tightly plotted series that I absolutely love. So, no pressure on the final installment, right? I guess we’ll find out in a year!
This book has all the great characters. Even Mallory comes from Europe to check out Gansey ley lines. And Greenmantle and his wife are more in the picture as well. So it is nice to see those characters a bit more. And there is a funny character name Jesse Dittley that is also a great new character who is funny and different. Blue, Gansey, Ronan, and Adam are all as wonderful as ever. Maggie Stiefvater, the author, does such a wonderful job with character interaction. I love the dialogue in this book it is so witty and funny, even during serious times.
But overall not much happens in this book. The cave is explored and there is investigating around but that is about it. Only one thing gets found in this book, one question answered the rest is unanswered and at the end of the book it just gives you another questions with a little cliff hanger twist! But it does leaving you wanting more.
Noah is still my favorite. Mr. Gray is growing on me. Maura is still neutral. Blue and Gansey are not a ship I am willing to sail on. Blue and any one of the boys is not a ship I'm fond of. Persephone. That's all I need to say about her. Gwenllian, YES! Adam is getting better and not so woe is me which is a nice thing to see. Ronan isn't so much a (profane word here not allowed on Amazon reviews, feel free to elaborate). Calla is still fierce. And I actually did appreciate the Greenmantle's banter and contribution to the plot.
I was bored with the series until Blue Lily, Lily Blue and now I cannot wait for The Raven King. In some ways I'm glad I waited so long to read this book because now it will be fresh in my mind when Raven King is out in about 2 months.