Thursday, February 11, 2016

Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle, Book Two
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: 17 September 2013
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository | Dymocks Australia

If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he's not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan's secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.

Of The Raven Boys, Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Maggie Stiefvater's can't-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book two." Now the second book is here, with the same wild imagination, dark romance, and heart-stopping twists that only Maggie Stiefvater can conjure.
(summary from Goodreads)

This book sealed the deal for me on this series. So much love!

I can go on and on about Stiefvater's writing, emphasising the same things. Lyrical, beautiful, atmospheric, captivating. The Dream Thieves is of course all of that. It is so freaking good! From page one it is attention grabbing and gut punching, and you love every minute of it. Stiefvater completely opens up the world she set up in The Raven Boys. We get a more in depth look at Cabeswater, Gansey's search for Glendower, Adam's deal, and the connection between all of these characters. But a wider world is introduced too, through Ronan and his family, through a new character, Mr Gray, and everything he represents. This is so much more than Gansey and co.'s search for Glendower, though it's all connected, and The Dream Thieves illustrates that in mind blowing and intense ways. Just. Urgh. I cannot articulate properly everything that needs to be said about this book. Not just because I don't have the words but because I really don't want to spoil anything. I'll just say, The Dream Thieves is brilliant. Stiefvater proves her awesomeness again. We get some answers and then even more questions, and I just want more and more and more.

The thing that solidified by obsessive love for this series comes down to one word - Ronan. Ronan's point of view narration is added to Gansey, Blue and Adam's this time around, and it is perfect. The rawness, intensity, and passion of The Dream Thieves is mostly thanks to Ronan's being all that. This guys kills me and I am so in love. I knew from The Raven Boys there would be more to Ronan's story but I never could have imagined this. Numero Uno why I adore Maggie Stiefvater - because she can and did imagine such things and it awes me. Ronan is rage and pain and empathy and loyalty and wonder all rolled into one truly electrifying package. I loved reading his point of view and learning more about family, his place in this world, and his relationships with the others. And then there's the tidbit at the end that had me squealing. I can't believe I didn't see that coming and oh, oh, oh, how I want more. I can't wait to read where Stiefvater goes from here. Especially in regards to Adam, as I'm still not a huge fan of his, but his story is definitely building up to something major and I can't help but be engaged. I still want to shake some sense into him, just as much as I did during The Raven Boys and for all the same bitter and hateful reasons, but I can see now at least that there's hope for Adam. I still enjoyed Gansey and Blue's point of views too, though I still find them less emotionally impacting then Ronan and Adam's. They're such great characters, witty, determined, stand out and charming, but I just don't feel as invested in them. Yet. I feel like I'm still waiting for something. I'm sure I know what too! The moments between the two of them spark and I'm desperate for more! I admit to missing Noah a little throughout The Dream Thieves. He was no less impacting but just not as there and that terrifies me. I love Noah and what he brings to the story. He seems like the heart of the group, able to hold them together, and he has such fantastic moments with asides that both wound me and get me grinning. I want more Noah. Another new point of view narration is that of Mr Gray's. What a character. Mr Gray is our antagonist, though all is not what it seems. I enjoy the twist of having point of view chapters from a 'bad guy' and I hope Stiefvater continues the trend. It adds a little extra to the tone and plot of the book. Mr Gray is both creepy and charming and I was all over the place trying to decide how I felt about him and where I hoped his story would end up. I was definitely pleased! It's just fantastic. While Kavinsky is also a new character to The Dream Thieves he has no point of view chapters, which doesn't mean he didn't leave his mark. Wow. Kavinksy helps to open up this world and provides more questions and intensity just like Ronan. Seriously, The Dream Thieves is just crazy good! 

If you've been interested to read this series, DO IT. If you haven't been interested, read it anyway! If you've read The Raven Boys but haven't continued, get a move on. The Dream Thieves is definitely the one to make or break it for you, I think. My adoration for this book, and now the series, knows no bounds!



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