I received this book for free from the Book Expo America in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic Press on 17 September 2013
Source: Book Expo America
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...
If you haven’t started this series: Feel free to read my review of The Raven Boys. Both books have the same atmospheric prose and a deliciously slow journey toward something you really don’t want to happen. What you need to know going in is that while each book has it’s own plot, they don’t stand alone. I realize this can be frustrating, but each book left me both satisfied and desperate for more. For me, Maggie Stiefvater is one of the few authors who can pull this off.
If you’ve read The Raven Boys: The Dream Thieves is just as hauntingly beautiful as The Raven Boys, but it is also more intense. I had so many feelings while reading that I’m still trying to figure out how to feel now that I’m done.
What I’ve loved most about this series is that it constantly surprises me in a way that makes me stop and completely shift my perspective on everything that is going on. This is a book that needs to be read spoiler free. What you should know going in is that while this novel does bring us closer to finding Glendower, the focus shifts to Ronan. I said this in my review of The Raven Boys:
Ronan, you are going to break my heart and make me love you for it, aren’t you?
I should move to 300 Fox Way, because I’m psychic. Ronan grew on me in The Raven Boys, especially when I revisited the story a few months ago. The Dream Thieves put us inside his head and it is a place that I loved being. He has officially taken his place as my favorite Raven boy.
If you’ve read The Dream Thieves: E-mail me, because I will never grow tired of discussing and theorizing about this book.
Favorite moments: There is a kiss, which is funny and silly and, then, of course, bitter sweet. I won’t tell you who is doing the kissing, but it is not the kiss we saw in the tree vision in the first book. Actually, for all of the not kissing that is happening in these books, everything has a particular amount of swoon.
WTF Moments: Kavinsky. Let’s leave it at that.
Overall: These are desert island books. I wanted to reread The Dream Thieves as soon as I finished it and I’m not sure I’ll ever get over it.