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The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle) Paperback – September 30, 2014
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* "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 predecessorand 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 spread 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." -- LOS ANGELES TIMES
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* "One unexpected and wonderful surprise after another . . . a marvel of imagination." -- BOOKLIST, starred review
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"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
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Firstly, this book was seriously such a five star right off the bat. I only decreased it half a star because, for me, it lulled right before the action picked up again near the end. So it felt like I was running full speed, stopped, and then had to get back into running. Which kinda messed up the flow. BUT BESIDES THAT THIS BOOK IS CRAZY. RONAN HAD A DRAGON AND IT FOUGHT ANOTHER DRAGON. DRAGON GUYS. D-R-A-G-O-N-S.
The synopsis on this one was what made me want to get into this series. I liked the first book but this book is where all the fun picks up. I started loving the characters more. I started building relationships and even though there wasn't as much treasure hunting, I still had fun.
The addition of Gray Man at first felt unneeded but, screw that cause I loved him by the end. He is both deadly and quirky. Bless the quirky characters.
There's still some woes for me with the writing style, but unlike the first book I could easily look past them here. Hardly noticed them to be honest.
I'm still in that after-reading-high so this review is probably pretty biased. Any faults though are seriously so small. I'm seriously buzzing on how the rest of the books are going to be. The action can only get more intense right?
[this review can also be found on goodreads or on tumblr under sarahocha]
So, The Dream Thieves centers largely on Ronan; his backstory and the newly disclosed secret that he can manifest physical items from his dreams. The continuing quest to locate the mythical Welsh King Glendower is still on the forefront of Ganseys agenda, which becomes complicated by the fact that Cabeswater has disappeared. The ley lines have been acting erratically ever since the ritual in Cabeswater weeks ago, and Adam has been increasingly distant, clearly suffering from some sort of inner turmoil which inevitably affects his once budding relationship with Blue. Ronan and the crew piece together clues about Ronans ability to take things from his dreams, while at the same time a mysterious man shows up in Henrietta, tasked with locating and delivering the Greywaren to a powerful paying customer. Secrets, truths, and heartbreaks are at the center of this book with a startling cliffhanger of an ending.
While I didn't love this one as much as the first, I feel like this series has lots of moving parts to ultimately deliver the reader one heck of a story at the end, and book 2 was setting the stage and laying the groundwork for the larger story. I did like that this story focused much more on Ronan, providing us with yet more insight into this hot headed, sharp tongued member of the group. He grew on me immensely as a character. Watching the once budding relationship between Blue and Adam deconstruct was truly heartbreaking. Hell, the internal conflict within Adam himself was heartbreaking. I just felt for the kid yanno? But at the same time I wanted to shake him sometimes. The author creates such a mythical, otherworldly tone with these books that compliments the story of Gwendower well. Even though the setting is modern day in rural Virginia, as a reader you just get a sense of otherness, of something regal and big, something important. I feel like every. single. person in this series is a specific piece in the immense puzzle that is this plot line. Everything from Blues uncertain parentage, the fact that she is an amplifier, her psychic family, Ganseys death and resurrection as a child, Adams ability to control the ley line, and Ronans abilities as a Greywaren. Everyone has a role to play, a role they seem almost destined to play within this story. And I've gotta say, I'm having a pretty great time watching it all unfold.
Plot: After the events of The Raven Boys, I knew I had to get my hands on The Dream Thieves. I was a bit surprised that this book didn't pick up right after The Raven Boys with Ronan's big reveal at the end. Instead, The Dream Thieves opens a few months after The Raven Boys while referencing some events that took place between the two books. T
This is very much so a Ronan-centric novel, and much to the chagrin of all the Ronan fangirls out there...I'm not really a Ronan fan. He was a bit too angsty for me and really rough around the edges without many redeeming qualities (I'm sorry, I'm sorry). Becuase of this, I didn't enjoy The Dream Thieves as much as I did The Raven Boys.
I did enjoy how Stiefvater delved deeper into the mystery. I expected this series to revolve around Gansey's search for Glendower, but it's becoming so much more than that. I can't wait until Adam and Blue have their platforms to explore their pasts and how they can all come together in The Raven King.
Characters: I already mentioned my stance on Ronan so I won't won't speak on that too much. I really liked how Stiefvater explored his family though because I found their relationship intriguing and endearing. Next, to Ronan, I thought that Adam was a focal point which worried me about every flip of the page. Every chapter I had the thought of "oh God, something terrible is going to happen to these kids isn't it?" I can tell already that Stiefvater isn't afraid to hurt her characters and I'm already preparing for the worst!
There was an interesting development in the romance which I wasn't the big fan of surprisingly. I found it too easy and almost misplaced with all the chaos happening in The Dream Thieves.
Worldbuilding: There isn't much to add about the worldbuilding. Henrietta continues to enchant me and I enjoyed that we were able to be whisked away and explore Gansey's family in Washington, D.C.
Short N Sweet: While The Dream Thieves wasn't the book I was expecting, it unmistakably helps develop the story a bit further.