Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Ronan Lynch, has a secret. He can steal things from his dreams. It’s a power that he’s just beginning to understand, but his time to do so is limited. There are people out there who are searching for those with this precise gift and they aren’t playing nice. On top of Ronan’s journey to explore his potential, the raven boys, along with Blue, are still searching for the illusive Glendower. They know the path to the long lost King has always been tied to the ley line and Cabeswater. But after the unexpected happens the search for answers becomes more complicated than ever and, for some, things will never be the same again.
Genre: YA Fantasy
POV: Third person
Read this if you like: Strong heroines, Romance, Paranormal
Would I recommend to a friend? YES!!!!
THIS SERIES. I liked the first book, a lot, but after The Dream Thieves I can safely say that I am now unreasonably obsessed with this series! This story picks up pretty much right where The Raven Boys left off and it doesn’t slow down at all. I NEED THE NEXT BOOK! Unfortunately for me it’s still in the mail. The wait will not be fun.
The plot of this book is definitely a lot more Ronan centered and guess what? I approve. I love Ronan’s character and I think his ability is so incredibly cool. Again I found the pace to be great and I think that is a testament to Stiefvater’s writing style, along with her addiction worthy characters, both of which I adore! While it didn’t feel like we got a whole lot closer to the boys and Blue locating Glendower, I think this book still does a great job of progressing that story line as a lot of important things are happening to some important characters which clearly is going to be extremely important.
UGH stupid me for thinking that I couldn’t love these characters more because I really, really do. They were surprisingly complex in the first book and, no surprise, in this one we definitely get to see their traits more in depth. I pretty much deeply love Blue and all of the boys. They are just so intricately written that you can’t help but to become invested. We also see more of Maura, Calla, and Persephone, who I actually care a lot about which is surprising for me in terms of secondary characters. They are still very much a part of the story. My main complaint for the first book was that I felt the relationship development between Blue and the boys was lacking a pinch, but I can say I didn’t really have that complaint this time around. I would love to see her relationship with Ronan develop further though…Hopefully in the next book. Also the romance picks up in this one so that was also lovely. There were a few moments where I nearly swooned myself right off my couch. As I said before, this story, while it does contain fantasy/paranormal elements and storylines, still feels very much character driven and again it excels.
My Thoughts in a Nutshell…
The Dream Thieves is an amazing follow up to The Raven Boys that will most likely be robbing you of your sleep. There were more of the characters I fell in love with in the first book and definitely more relationship progression this time around. If you liked The Raven Boys I think it’s a safe bet that you’ll love The Dream Thieves, especially if you’re a fan of Ronan.
“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them.
Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness.
Her raven boys.”
“If you never saw the stars, candles were enough.”
“So what you’re saying is you can’t explain it.”
“I did explain it.”
“No, you used nouns and verbs together in a pleasing but illogical format.”
“He was brother to a liar and brother to an angel, son of a dream and son of a dreamer.”
“While I’m gone,” Gansey said, pausing, “dream me the world. Something new for every night.”
Let’s chat about…
Where oh where did she go? I’m not sure but I’m pretty sure when she comes back were either going to see the return of Neeve or learn a lot more about Blue’s dad.
The dream creatures
Was anyone else freaked the heck out by these things…UGH literally and figuratively the stuff of nightmares.
Blue and Gansey
FINALLY something happens between them and it wasn’t much but it sure felt like it! I need more!
I thought his evolution over the course of the book was really interesting. Just seeing him come to terms with leaving his house along with figuring out who he is after his sacrifice was really interesting. I felt by the end he was in a much better place than the beginning, but maybe that’s wishful thinking. I hope not though!
Yep definitely still have a desire to have a pet raven with the same name…
The Gray Man
Another super interesting and complex character. I enjoyed his inclusion immensely and I’m interested to see what becomes of him in the next book. Also, two thumbs up to him for doing the right thing in the end.