Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves
The Raven Cycle #2
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal/Supernatural
Release Date: September 17th 2013
Review Source: NetGalley/Scholastic Press

The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

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...

When I first saw The Dream Thieves on NetGalley, I couldn’t wait to get my copy. I loved the first book, The Raven Boys, so I expected great things from this book. Although the book was great, I found myself drifting away from time to time.

In The Dream Thieves we find our prep boys and Blue continuing their quest to find the sleeping king Glendower to acquire the magical energy. The only difference from The Raven Boys is they are not the only ones.

With the focus on Ronan, we learn more of his secret, dream to reality, and his family’s violent history. His dreams become troubling, very horrific. We learn more about his relationship with his father and both of his brothers. Declan, the oldest brother, is very selfish, manipulative and impulsive character. Unlike Declan, Ronan’s younger brother Matthew is completely the opposite. With the little information we get from him, Matthew seems sweet. Just prepare yourself to read about their heartbreaking history.

Although we learn more about Ronan, this book is not just about Ronan. We learn more Adam. Ever since he awoke the ley line, he starts to distant himself from Gansey. He starts questioning his loyalty and friendship. He also starts questioning his relationship with Blue and begins thinking less of himself. I found myself getting very annoyed at him. Blue starts imagining loving Gansey, but with her deadly secret, she keeps her thoughts to herself. She also reveals her secret to Noah, KEEP AN EYE FOR THIS SCENE! Oh sweet Noah, I love him to death. The sad part of this is that we really don’t get much of him, since his spirit keeps disappearing. But we get rewarded with more of Gansey and Blue moments! Yes, finally! I NEED them together! Yet, with such incredible moments, I think the new character, Mr. Gray steals the show. He is very mysterious, with a broken heart. I found myself enjoying reading about his dangerous role.

The Dream Thieves is a great book and excellently written. I do recommend this book even if I found myself losing interest from time to time. I blame weak Adam for this. The book contains interesting characters, mysterious plot, and most of all Maggie’s creative writing will make you continue reading to the very end.

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