Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Number of Pages: 439
Date Published: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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.
“While I’m gone,” Gansey said, pausing, “dream me the world. Something new for every night.
This book was awesome. I’ll try not to mention any spoilers, but when you do come across these enticing brackets “[ ]”, feel free to either close the tab or hurl curses at me, though I’d certainly prefer the former, thank you.
Now then, I’ll start by saying that this book is a continuation of the adventures of the raven boys, so if you have not yet read the first book of the cycle, uhm, what are you still doing?
The Dream Thieves is focused on everyone’s favorite raven boy (Okay, really now?), Ronan Lynch. Why do I like Ronan? Now, there’s the truth. It’s simple. He’s rude and soft. He has anger management issues. He’s mean to everyone, but panics (read: curses abundantly) when his loved ones are in trouble. He is this giant contraction of sorts, an “unknowable” entity that is frankly more enigmatic than Richard Gansey III. Don’t go rolling your eyes at me. This is not me being biased at all.
Right, who am I kidding. Anyway, on to the more informative part of this review. The second book of TRC brought so much more to the table – more revelations, more trouble, more questions, and *drumroll* a clearer view of the chosen/prospective pairs.
It was easier to like the writing this time around. The light-dark combination of mood never gets old. I particularly liked the eerie and blood-pulsing moments; take this one for example:
The second night horror looked at Ronan, upside down. It was on the roof, staring through the windshield at him. Close enough for Ronan to see each individual scale around its sullen red pupil. With an experimental shove, the creature drummed nails on the windshield. What remained of the glass groaned where it met the car. With just a bit more weight it would all collapse.
We are introduced to a new character, Mr. Gray who appeared to be completely antagonistic at first, but horray, it isn’t actually as simple as Mr. hitman shooting bullets at our boys. Unfortunately, I was not at all impressed by Mr. Gray’s addition to the cast. He just wasn’t as interesting as the rest.
Aside from this addition, we now see a development between Blue and our main man, Gansey. Boy, I have to admit, slow-burn romance has never felt this good. The wait was worth it. Don’t get wrong. It wasn’t anything conclusive. It was just one of 50 chapters, but the chemistry was so intense, I couldn’t forget the scene even if I wanted to.
[Also, can we just give a moment to analyze the complexity of Ronan and Adam’s relationship? Okay, I know, I know. There’s nothing to analyze. There is no subtlety whatsoever once you see it. One thing’s for sure. This ship is crazy good and I am on board *grins*.]
So was it right to pick up this book? Absolutely. If the first book of TRC didn’t quite live up to your standards, it pleases me to say that the second book is something that is worth looking forward to. Ronan Lynch, inner fangirl aside, is a character that requires more than an entire book to decipher. Actually, even after reading all that, I’m still not sure. “Unknowable?” I think so too.
PS. I’ve started following Maggie on Twitter and she is hilarious.
Favorite Quotes from the Raven Cycle
“I wish you could be kissed, Jane,’ he said. ‘Because I would beg just one off you. Under all this.’ He flailed an arm toward the stars.”
“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.”
It was mint and memories and the past and the future and she felt as if she’d done this before and already she longed to do it again.
You really didn’t see the sadness or the longing unless you already knew it was there. But that was the trick, wasn’t it? Everyone had their disappointment and their baggage; only, some people carried it in their inside pockets and not on their backs.