The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)
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…
Whatever good stuff you heard about The Dream Thieves? It’s all true. This book was all I could ever hope for in a sequel — and more, if possible. After having read and enjoyed The Raven Boys, and after reading five-star review after five-star review, I’m not lying when I say that my expectations were space-high. I ended up sneak-reading this book at every opportunity I got, staying up way past midnight, reading during mealtimes, in between homework — and you know what? I don’t regret a single moment of it.
Summary: Like his father before him, Ronan is now being hunted down by the same people who want this impossible, but extraordinary power he has. But he isn’t the only one in danger. As Adam, Gansey, Blue, and Noah dive deeper into the confusion surrounding Cabeswater, their relationships take twists and turns as well. The last thing they need is to fall apart, as the enemy draws dangerously near.
After having experienced Maggie Stiefvater’s stunning and lyrical writing in The Raven Boys, I was ready for more. But nothing — nothing — could have prepared me for the beauty and magic I found in the sequel. The overall plot for The Dream Thieves remains the same: the five friends’ search for the ancient king, Glendower; only this time, there are other subplots underlying the main one, and our misunderstood character, Ronan Lynch, takes the wheel from Blue and Gansey.
I wasn’t looking forward to having Ronan in the front seat, despite what the rave reviews said. That was before. Now, I think it’s safe for me to say that doing this was necessary, because it provided so much more insight into Ronan and his attitude, and also made me hate him a little less than I did. He might have a cruel mouth and a heart of stone, but I got a much better understanding of him, and I know for sure that I won’t be forgetting him anytime soon. It also helped with the recap process — as much of the book is told from his perspective, Stiefvater was able to recap the events of the previous book much more smoothly, in my opinion.
But this isn’t to say that the others were ignored: no, we still get lots of Gansey and Blue, Maura and Persephone, Adam and Noah. And, my God, the romance — or lack of romance — was unbearable. Blue has always been told that if she kissed her true love, he would die. Never once have I been so frustrated with a curse like this! I don’t know how Maggie does it, but she’s created such charged chemistry between Blue and Gansey, even though the two don’t interact any more than they do with the rest. There was one particular scene that left me with butterflies that absolutely refused to go away for at least an hour.
It’s amazing how incredibly detailed each of the characters, even the minor ones, are. Especially the villains, of whom we know next to nothing about for the whole book. And yet, it isn’t hard to see how three-dimensional they are. Truth be told, though, I think I would have liked it better if the story had told us more about them, rather than just leaving us in the dark. Still, our lack of knowledge added more to the mystery and darkness surrounding the overall plot.
The plot was equally as good. Initially, I was a little anxious that the subplots would only serve to confuse me, but I should have known better. They were all distinct and easy to follow, despite the fact that everything was happening all at once. Stiefvater spent just the right amount of time on each of them, developing them into something so wonderfully complex and so beautifully woven, that it becomes increasingly hard to predict where the book is going — and that is the beauty of it all: not knowing what to expect. The whole time I was reading, my mind was blank, and my fingers couldn’t flip the pages fast enough.
The Dream Thieves was everything I could hope for in a sequel, and more. It’s greatest strength was… well, its greatest strength lay in everything. From the characters, even the unlikable ones, down to the tiny, seemingly unimportant story lines, Maggie Stiefvater does an incredible job. Now, I’ll have to go drown my sorrows in a good book and wait impatiently for 2014 to come, and hope that I will have enough Blue and Gansey the next time!
Who is this book for?
Read and loved The Raven Boys? Then what are you waiting for?! Go get this book now! Even if you didn’t like the previous book, I still think The Dream Thieves is a sequel you MUST read. You will love it. And if you haven’t even begun this series yet… then please go to the nearest bookstore and buy both the first and second book. Right now.
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