Friday, May 6, 2016

Book Review: The Dream Thieves

Title: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal | Friendship | Romance
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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 (goodreads).

I thought reading The Dream Thieves would satisfy me, now I just want Blue Lily, Lily Blue.
Plot: After the events of The Raven Boys, I knew I had to get my hands on The Dream Thieves. I was a bit surprised that this book didn't pick up right after The Raven Boys with Ronan's big reveal at the end. Instead, The Dream Thieves opens a few months after The Raven Boys while referencing some events that took place between the two books. T

This is very much so a Ronan-centric novel, and much to the chagrin of all the Ronan fangirls out there...I'm not really a Ronan fan. He was a bit too angsty for me and really rough around the edges without many redeeming qualities (I'm sorry, I'm sorry). Becuase of this, I didn't enjoy The Dream Thieves as much as I did The Raven Boys

I did enjoy how Stiefvater delved deeper into the mystery. I expected this series to revolve around Gansey's search for Glendower, but it's becoming so much more than that. I can't wait until Adam and Blue have their platforms to explore their pasts and how they can all come together in The Raven King. 

Characters: I already mentioned my stance on Ronan so I won't won't speak on that too much. I really liked how Stiefvater explored his family though because I found their relationship intriguing and endearing. Next to Ronan, I thought that Adam was a focal point which worried me with every flip of the page. Every chapter I had the thought of "oh God, something terrible is going to happen to these kids isn't it?" I can tell already that Stiefvater isn't afraid to hurt her characters and I'm already preparing for the worst!

There was an interesting development in the romance which I wasn't the big fan of surprisingly. I found it too easy and almost misplaced with all the chaos happening in The Dream Thieves. 

Worldbuilding: There isn't much to add about the worldbuilding. Henrietta continues to enchant me and I enjoyed that we were able to be whisked away and explore Gansey's family in Washington, D.C. 

Short N Sweet: While The Dream Thieves wasn't the book I was expecting, it unmistakably helps develop the story a bit further. 


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