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The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle) Paperback – September 30, 2014
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Beginning the same summer in which The Raven Boys (Scholastic, 2012) ended, The Dream Thieves is a little less about Blue Sargent and more about Gansey. Richard Campbell Gansey III (don't call him Dick), Ronan, Adam, ghostly Noah, and Joseph Kavinsky are (or were) raven boys-students at posh Aglionby Academy in the small Virginia town of Henrietta. The writing style maintains a dark and brooding tone as Gansey continues to investigate the existence of a ley line, an invisible channel of energy, recently awakened, that may lead them to the ancient Welsh king Glendower. The complicated relationships and plot points are difficult to follow without the background from The Raven Boys. Even with the background, new characters appear: the deadly (perhaps) Gray Man, Greenmantle, and the idea of a Greywaren. Blue comes from a family of women with psychic gifts, but her gift isn't "sight" itself but a talent for magnifying the pressence of magic around her-a significant contribution where finding the ley line is concerned. Readers looking for answers won't find them in this book. Readers who want a moody chill and appreciate an atmospheric turn of phrase (keys hang from the ignition like "ripe fruit," a farm yard is populated with "deceased pick-up trucks") will want to spend more time in Henrietta. Purchase where the first book is popular, and suggest the series to fans of Holly Black's "Curse Workers" books (S & S) or to readers of grittier works such as Andrew Smith's The Marbury Lens (2010) and Passenger (2012, both Feiwel & Friends).-Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TXα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
*Starred Review* In this continuation of The Raven Boys (2012), Printz Honor Book recipient Stiefvater continues the compelling story, keeping the focus once again on the Raven Boys themselves: privileged Gansey, tortured Adam, spectral Noah, and darkly dangerous Ronan. This time, though, their quest for the legendary sleeping Welsh King, Owen Glendower, takes a backseat to a spate of secrets, dreams, and nightmares that appear to be sapping the ley line—an invisible channel of energy connecting sacred places—that runs beneath their small Virginia town. Could this be the reason that the mystical forest, Cabeswater, has inexplicably disappeared? Who is the mysterious Grey Man, and why is he searching for the Greywaren, a relic that enables its owner to steal objects from dreams? How does this involve secretive Ronan? Visceral suspense builds as the characters pursue answers to these and other questions, and a palpable sense of foreboding and danger increasingly permeates the novel. Richly written and filled with figurative language (buildings are “tidy as library books”; a “murmur of guests” attend a party; a woman looks “fresh as a newscaster”), 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. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Backed by a 150,000 print run and a marketing push that includes a college-campus campaign, this title should multiply Stiefvater’s already vast fan base. Grades 9-12. --Michael Cart --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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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.
◦ The unique and lovable characters
◦ The friendships, the romances
◦ The mind-boggling and never-ending mystery
◦ The writing that left me in fits of laughter and tears
These characters are literally all my best friends now. How did Maggie Stiefvater make me love all of these fictional people?! They all just feel so real, and I’m obsessed with their friendship.
I also like the writing in this book than in the first book. In The Raven Boys, I felt like it dragged a bit and Stiefvater was overly descriptive, but this time everything was just right. Her writing is just so pretty and flowery. The pacing was a lot better, and something new was always happening.
Overall, I am so happy with this book. The Raven Boys was good, but The Dream Thieves was even better! I grew to love these characters even more, learned more about them, and met some new ones. The mystery aspect of this series is genuinely interesting, and I am completely taken off guard with how it has evolved. I’m so excited to start the next book. Every time a question is answered, 100 more questions pop up. Speaking of questions- that cliffhanger!!!!! Maggie Stiefvater is the queen of cliffhangers.