Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle #3)

“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.”


Oh this book made me feel things. So many things. My shriveled up heart might have even beat a few times.

Blue and Gansey are going to KILL ME Y’ALL.

“Blue,” he warned, but his voice was chaotic. This close, his throat was scented with mint and wool sweater and vinyl car seat, and Gansey, just Gansey.

She said, “I just want to pretend. I want to pretend that I could.”


“Everything jumbled against everything else in just a few chaotic moments. Fingers in hair, hands cupping necks, mouths dragged on cheeks and chins in dangerous proximity.
They stopped, noses mashed against each other in the strange way that closeness required. She could feel his breath in her mouth.
“Maybe it wouldn’t hurt if I kiss you,” he whispered. “Maybe it’s only if you kiss me.”

Oh sweet lord take me now.



And Ronan and Adam?? There’s such a growing tension between them and I’m completely adoring it.

“Later, Adam walked out through the cool, damp night to his small, shitty car. As he sank into the driver’s seat, he found something already sitting on the seat.
He retrieved the object and held it up under the feeble interior cab light. It was a small white plastic container. Adam twisted off the lid. Inside was a colorless lotion that smelled of mist and moss. Replacing the lid with a frown, he turned the container over, looking for more identifying features. On the bottom, Ronan’s handwriting labeled it merely: manibus. For your hands.


I’m going to go ahead and guess that Ronan already knows how he feels about Adam. He’s probably known it for a while too. Adam on the other hand, I think is just starting to sort of spin the wheel with this possibility. He tosses it around a few times, but usually ends up kind of shaking it off. Ronan couldn’t possibly… He’s too big of an asshole and Adam thinks he’s unknowable.

Let’s talk about Adam a bit. I had issues with him in the last book. And I had issues with him in this book too. BUT. He does some growing. Albeit, slow growth, but growth nonetheless. He’s so convinced he’s unknowable and I think deep down he thinks he’s unlovable too. Then comes this beautiful moment where he’s just about to testify against his own dad, alone, and in barges Gansey and Ronan.

“Gansey strode between the pews as Adam’s father stared at him. He went directly to the bench, straight up to the judge. Now that he stood directly beside Adam, not looking at him, Adam could see that he was a little out of breath. Ronan, behind him, was as well. They had run.”

Adam thinks no one really knows him, but that’s completely the opposite. Ronan and Gansey know him so well, they knew Adam wouldn’t drag them into his legal/personal issues with his dad. They knew that deep down, Adam really did want and need them there for support. So they went anyway. They offered their support anyway, damn if Adam acts mad about it or not. And you know, I was certain Adam was going to do that thing he always does when an Aglionby boy tries to help him.

But I was wrong. Happily wrong. Adam actually accepted help guys!! Let’s throw a party ’cause the boy grew a brain!

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(At least I imagine this is Adam’s internal face at this point).

Also, can I just take a moment to say, I KNEW NEEVE WAS GOING TO SHOW UP AGAIN.

Moving on.

Let’s all just agree that Jessie Dittley is the hero of this story. He and Blue were so great together and I really looked forward to their scenes.

I seriously could go on and on about every detail of this book. I consumed it whole and I’ve got the final book coming in the mail tomorrow. I’m not ready for it to be over!


I really wish the Squash One song was real. I smiled like a huge doofus every time Ronan chimed in with it.

5 out of 5 cats, easy.






2 Comments Add yours

  1. I just (finally) started reading this series and it sounds like it gets better and better as it goes on. Great review!


    1. It really does! I think I’ve each book faster than the previous one. 🙂

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