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Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Raven Cycle Series, Book 3
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The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater. Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has...
The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater. Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has...
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  • The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater. 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. In a starred review, THE BULLETIN called THE DREAM THIEVES, the previous book in The Raven Cycle, "a complex web of magical intrigue and heart-stopping action." Now, with BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE, the web becomes even more complex, snaring readers at every turn. 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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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from September 15, 2014
    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.

  • Kirkus

    Starred review from September 15, 2014
    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 Boys-Gansey, Adam and Ronan, with ghostly Noah now struggling to appear corporeal-and 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 characters-Adam 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)

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  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from November 1, 2014

    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

    Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    Starred review from September 1, 2014
    Grades 8-12 *Starred Review* They're back: privileged Gansey, lonesome Adam, dangerous Ronan, and spectral Noahthe 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 thembut not the readeris 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 arenot to put too fine a point on itto 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.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

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