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Title:
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
ISBN:
9780545424967
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
391 pages ; 22 cm.
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Reading Level:
HL 690 L Lexile
Summary:
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.
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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. Friends can betray. Mothers can disappear. Visions can mislead. Certainties can unravel.


Author Notes

Maggie Stiefvater is the author of the bestselling Shiver Trilogy (Shiver, Linger and Forever) and The Raven Cycle Series. She is also the author of a book in the Spirit Animals Series (Hunted). Her title Sinner made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014. Maggie attended Mary Washington College, graduating with a B.A. in history. She is also an artist, equestrian, musician, and technical editor. She enjoys writing full time from her home in Virginia.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 5

Publisher's Weekly Review

Tension escalates in Henrietta, Va. (as does the body count), in the third of four titles in Stiefvater's Raven Cycle, following The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves. Gansey's elderly British mentor, Malory, is just one of the new arrivals in town (he's certainly among the more benevolent) as Gansey, Blue, Adam, Ronan, and Noah continue to seek out the tomb of the ancient Welsh king Glendower. Adam and Blue are growing into their respective supernatural abilities, and while important discoveries are unearthed (literally) as the group's search takes them into treacherous caves, the teenagers' complicated relationships with their parents and family-whether living, dead, or mysteriously vanished-play a large role in pushing this story forward. As in the previous books, Stiefvater's razor-sharp characterizations, drily witty dialogue, and knack for unexpected metaphors and turns of phrase make for sumptuous, thrilling reading. Curses, grisly secret plots, and romantic uncertainties leave Blue and company's future feeling more fragile than ever. A brutal cliffhanger ensures that readers will snap up the final installment the second it's available. Ages 14-up. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

In the third book following The Dream Thieves, Blue tries to handle the disappearance of her mother and her immense attraction to Gansey while he begins withdrawing as the world appears ever more fearsome. The core characters remain believably and poignantly flawed in this supernatural series that continues to be unique, artful, and endlessly surprising. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* They're back: privileged Gansey, lonesome Adam, dangerous Ronan, and spectral Noah the Raven Boys of Stiefvater's eponymous Raven Boys cycle. Volume 3 finds them still searching for sleeping Welsh king Owen Glendower, though they learn now that there is not one sleeper but three: one to waken, one not to waken, and one in the middle. Joining them again in their search is beautiful Blue, the only one in her family who is not a psychic. Blue's mother, Maura, has vanished underground, and the five teens go spelunking in search now of both her and the king. But they're not the only ones searching for something: the truly evil Colin Greenmantle and his awful wife, Piper, are looking for the Greywaren, an object that allows the dreamer to remove objects from his dream. Unknown to them but not the reader is that Ronan is the Greywaren and that both he and Adam have inextricably close ties to the magical forest Cabeswater, to which they turn for help. Like the first two volumes, Stiefvater's third is a marvel of imagination and invention. Beautifully written, too, it is rich in simile and metaphor: an autumnal town is a paint box of colors, the dread was like blood. As for the characters, they are not to put too fine a point on it to die for. And the tone, at once mysterious and foreboding, is a perfect match for the material. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is, simply, a triumph. High-Demand Backstory: The previous volumes in the series had extended stays on the New York Times best-seller list, and the huge and growing fan base will likely push this latest title in the same direction.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2014 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Troubled Ronan, ghostly Noah, Gansey, Adam, and Jane (called Blue by everyone but rich and handsome Gansey) continue their search for the body of Glendower, the lost Welsh king. Listeners will need to be familiar with the first two "Raven Cycle" books to fully enjoy this installment. Stiefvater continues to weave her dark and magical prose, and though this story is an ensemble, Blue and the search for her missing mother are center stage. When the Aglionby boys and Blue find a tomb that is quite possibly Glendower's in the dangerous caverns of Cabeswater, they come closer to finding Blue's mother as well. Will Patton continues his excellent narrative style. The story has frequent dark humor, and Patton's vocal choices for Jesse Dittley and Mallory deepen the dry humor innate to both characters. Stiefvater's large cast, rich prose, and intricate plot lines mean most listeners will need to give this recording their full attention. A must-have where the first two books are popular.-Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

As the Raven Boys grow closer to their goal of finding the Welsh king Glendower, not surprisingly, problems arise in this third book of a planned four-volume series. Blue Sargent's mother has been missing for three months, leaving behind only a cryptic note. She's gone underground in search of her former lover, Blue's dad. Her ex-hit man boyfriend is the only person besides Blue who seems concerned. Meanwhile, the Raven BoysGansey, Adam and Ronan, with ghostly Noah now struggling to appear corporealand Blue find a mysterious cave guarded by an Appalachian mountain man; inside is indeed an ancient Welsh coffin. Despite Adam's new understanding that there are three buried sleepers, two to wake, one to leave sleeping, they open the lid, and out pops Gwenllian, the perhaps-not-asleep but long-buried daughter of Glendower. Friend or foe? Oh, and the person who hired the hit man is the boys' new Latin teacher. Stiefvater weaves these separate threads together with a sure hand until magic seems expected yet never commonplace, always shimmering under the surface. Most credible and moving are the slow maturations of her charactersAdam comes to measure his worth in something other than money; Blue secretly phones Gansey in the night. If she kisses her true love, he will die.Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close. (Fantasy. 14 up) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


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