Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Maggie Stiefvater
3.5 Stars

This is the third book in the “Raven Cycle.” And things just keep getting more and more intense. Blue and Gansey are to a point where at times they have to try not to be more than friends. Adam is unsure of his new role as the “eyes and ears”. Ronan is as dark and gruff as ever. Plus other things are making life for the group even more crazy. Cabeswater is growing more powerful. Blue’s mom is missing. Greenmantle is the new Latin teacher for the boys. And Blue’s home life is a little crazy without her mother there to provide balance. Everyone is tied into something and yet nobody totally understands just what that something is. But the group does manage to wake Glendower’s daughter. And there is a promise of more evil and craziness to come written in the final pages.

This is another great novel by Stiefvater. However, readers who haven’t read the first two books in the cycle will need to read those two before venturing into this novel. She is a master at twisting legends and folklore around Virginia and a modern world. And readers who enjoy well-crafted text will find each word and description of Cabeswater to be as interesting as the rest of the characters in the book. Plus there is the promise of more to come. And thank goodness for that. The only problem is that it isn’t here yet.

Book Discussion Questions:
How is Cabeswater like another character in the story?
Blue needs to wake one sleeper and not wake another. They don’t necessarily want her to wake the third. How does the group respond when Blue wakes Glendower’s daughter?
Did bringing in Malory help the group understand more about Cabeswater or their quest? Why or why not?
Blue and Gansey are feeling more and more drawn to each other. Is this good or bad? How would things change if they allow their feelings to grow?
Does Greenmantle being in the picture strain what is going on? Why or why not?
Do you think Ronan’s attempts to wake things on at his home will work? Why or why not?

Scholastic Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-545-42496-7
FORMAT: Fantasy
AGES: Young Adult
Reviewed from a galley.

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