Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle: Book 3)

Blue-Lily-Lily-BlueRating: 4/5 stars.

Oh, oh…this was amazing and so intriguing. Agh! How is this series going to end?

Blue has become so close to these Raven Boys. Neither the Raven Boys or Blue could imagine one without the other. Among all the things she may have discovered with these Raven Boys, sadly the one thing she never wanted to come true is: she is finding her true love. But she is also learning that what you have you can lose so easily, like mothers, lives, friends, and certainties. Will she be able to find any of them again?

These characters are really growing. Ronan is turning over a new leaf. He is slowly learning to be a bit more like he was before his dad died. He is a bit more kind and caring, especially to Blue and Adam. Adam is ever changing and I don’t think I’ll ever truly know him now, but he’s learning not to take every as charity and pity. He’s is accepting truth and friendship for what it is. Gansey and Blue’s relationship grows, but their differences may also break them apart. Gansey is struggling and is fearful in a way his friends haven’t seen before. I love seeing this new side of him, even if it is terrible and sad at the same time. Poor, poor Gansey! Blue is tired of holding her secret from Gansey any longer. She misses her mom and she wants to be able to kiss someone. Then there’s Noah. What is going on with Noah?! I’m freaking out over here! Don’t leave please!

This series never ceases to surprise me. Every book I’m learning some new secret, whether it is about someone’s past or about a person’s being in general. I probably could read this whole series and find out so many things that I missed the first time.

I felt like I could tell what the plot was in this one, so that was a relief. But I still just can’t comprehend it all. There is so much underneath the surface that you can miss if you’re not looking close enough. It’s beautiful in that way. The buildup leading to the end was very intense. The end was even more intense and exciting. Oh my goodness,  I can’t believe everything that is happening.

It is funny how normal this world feels at one moment, then how magical and supernatural it feels in the next moment. I have loved it. It is so paranormal. Ronan’s abilities are so interesting. Adam’s connection to Cabeswater is hard to decipher. Noah, strange things are always happening to Noah. Blue I think we’re still learning more about.

There was plenty of language again, including: f***, d***, s***, a**, and a few others. Though there definitely wasn’t as much language as the last book. So that was good. There were some gay references, but without anyone ever saying the word gay. So at times I couldn’t tell when they were talking about it or what the intention was. A married couple in this book were mentioned as hardly wearing any clothes while in their house, but nothing came of it. It was just said and that was it.

I really enjoyed this. The writing is stupendous! I need the next book now! How is it all going to end? It can’t end happily, and it’s worrying me like crazy. If you can handle the language, go read this now. This is so unique.

-G. Paige

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