Book Review- The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Dream Thieves

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Series? Book 2 of The Raven Cycle– The Raven Boys (book 1), Blue Lily, Lily Blue (book 3)

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Publication date: September 17, 2013

 

 

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WHAT’S THIS ABOUT?

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same.

Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life.

Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

 

WHAT I THOUGHT

“A secret is a strange thing.”

This series is so. good. The best I’ve read this year. This is one of those books were I wish I could go back and read it from the beginning like it was my first time. The Raven Cycle series has easily earned a place on my holy grail shelf.

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Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same.

Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life.

Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

*light spoilers ahead*

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“When the rules of time became flexible, the future seemed to hold too many possibilities.”

I love this series!! The plot is captivating, the characters alluring… I couldn’t have asked for more from this book. With The Raven Boys (book1) and The Dream Thieves, you don’t just get a little bit of character development and setting in the beginning and then have the rest of the story be all about the plot. You’re constantly getting descriptions. And not in the ‘I’m bored to tears’ kind of way. More in the ‘why am I not in this book and a character in this story’ kind of way. All the details pull you further and further into the book.

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As for character development, that’s another constant in the story. It’s not like the characters were only developed in book 1 and then that’s it, you’re stuck with the same character for the rest of the series. Just like we develop everyday, so do the characters. You learn more and more about them and it really makes you feel like you’re a part of the story.

Blue Sargent (a.k.a. Jane)

In that moment, Blue was a little in love with them all. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her raven boys.

Blue is the only one in her family without psychic abilities, instead she’s an amplifier, making other people’s abilities stronger. Every psychic she’s been to has told her that if she kisses her true love, he will die. And since she saw him on St. Mark’s Eve, he’s already destined to die that year.

I love Blue’s sense of humor, charm… pretty much everything. She never annoys me or has me pulling my hair out of frustration.

If I could choose favorites… I’d maybe say it was her…?… but all the characters introduced are amazing so it’s hard to choose. That includes the ‘villains’ of the story too, even if it’s just to admire how realistic their character was!

Richard Gansey III

“While I’m gone,” Gansey said, pausing, “dream me the world. Something new for ever night.”

I love all the layers there were to Gansey. You have the rich, confident, untouchable side. And then you have to unsure, intelligent, scholar side… the side that will stop at nothing to find Glendower.

Boy. Scimus quid quaeritis.

(Boy. We know what you’re looking for.)

Though the trees could have meant any of the boys, Gansey felt as if the words were directly particularly at him. Out loud, he said, “What am I looking for?”

“They said there’ve always been rumors of a king buried somewhere along this spirit road,” Ronan said. His eyes held Gansey’s.

“They think he may be yours.”

But more than anything, he’s loyal.

Ronan Lynch

“… no one but Ronan knew the terrors that lived in his mind.”

Ronan… he’s another layer-filled character. I didn’t know how to feel about him when reading The Raven Boys but we learn more about him in book 2, much more. He’s still dangerous, damaged and aloof, but he’s also caring. Just not in a way that is noticeable unless you see things from his eyes.

Adam Parrish

“What do you want, Adam?”
“To feel awake when my eyes are open.”

Adam broke my heart. Almost more than Ronan did. He’s been trying to make something for himself. Always trying to do it on his own– make his own money, pay his own bills, without any help. But he sacrificed himself, to be Cabeswater’s eyes and ears… and that comes with a price.

Noah Czerny

“Was he really here, or was it a dream? Did it make a difference to Cabeswater?”

Noah’s probably the one I know least about. Probably because I didn’t get much from his perspective. But from what I do know, I can say he’s a great character. Almost like the glue the keeps Ronan, Adam, and Gansey together.

Joseph Kavinsky

“The world’s a nightmare.”

Kavinsky was a mystery to me for most of the book. He and Ronan were so alike… but so different. Especially near the end. To me, Kavinsky was what Ronan could become if he took a certain path.

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This is a romance, and even though it’s not over powering, it’s still there. Part of me wants a romance to bloom but at the same time, Blue and Gansey are fated to fall in love and… well, we know that only ends in death and despair.

As for the other boys… that’s really spoilery so you’ll just have to read and see 😉

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This is the kind of book that doesn’t spoon feed you anything. It leaves you thinking ‘surely Maggie Stiefvater means this… right?’ You aren’t handed anything on a platter. You’re left to discover most of it on your own and only later on in the story are your suspicions confirmed.

I was enraptured by the story and the brilliant writing. The author has a way of making you feel like you’re right there. Like you’re a part of Blue and her Raven Boys.

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“He was a brother to a liar and brother to an angel, son of a dream and son of a dreamer.”

I highly, highly recommend reading this book (and series).

My song for The Dream Thieves: The Suburbs– Arcade Fire

 


 

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New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

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