BOOK REVIEW – The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie StiefvaterThe Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)
by Maggie Stiefvater
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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...


→Spoilers if you haven’t read The Raven Boys

There are three kinds of secrets…

There’s one thing I’m absolutely sure of: Maggie Stiefvater is a genius. The Dream Thieves is magical, absolutely breathtaking and somehow even better than its prequel!

All of us have secrets in our lives. We’re keepers or kept-from, players or played. Secrets and cockroaches – that’s what will be left at the end of it all.

Whereas The Raven Boys is more focused on Gansey, Blue and Adam, The Dream Thieves mostly follows Ronan, Gansey’s roommate and friend. Keeper of secrets. Raven Boy.

I absolutely loved Ronan’s character in book 1 and therefore really enjoyed reading more about him, especially after that last sentence! I mean,

“I guess now would be a good time to tell you,” He said. “I took Chainsaw out of my dreams.”

…what? I was a little thrown after that and couldn’t wait to find out about it. And to say that I expected all that was revealed about Ronan would be a complete lie. There was SO much happening in the different chapters that I could barely keep up at times. I really loved the dream aspect and how it was combined with the magic and psychic stuff of the first book. It all worked perfectly and I was basically glued to the pages, always wanting more more more!

I loved following Ronan into his dreams, learning more about his past and getting to know Kavinsky. Those two together were a force to be reckoned with. It was both scary and awesome. And meeting his younger brother Matthew, the sweetheart, certainly belongs to my favorite moments of this book, as well.
In every single one of Ronan’s chapters, something crazy or unexpected – and often hilarious – happened; it was like a roller coaster ride. Have I mentioned that I love roller coasters?

I’m in awe of Maggie Stiefvater, of her talent of creating this amazing world and its characters.

“What’s that?”
“Jane!” Gansey said joyfully.
Adam said, “It’s a wizard in a box.”
“It will do your homework,” Noah added.
“And it’s been dating your girlfriend,” Ronan finished.
Blue scowled. “Are you all drunk?”

Another thing I really loved was the whole mystery feeling that was even more pronounced, and of course, the character dynamics. Maggie Stiefvater is a pro in both of these categories.
Especially the characters. I loved reading about every single one of them and loved it even more when they were all together, going on one of their adventures or just hanging out at Nino’s or Monmouth Manufacturing. There’s just something about this group of friends that I can’t help but feel drawn to them. All of Maggie’s characters feel so real and palpable, that in many ways it’s like her own kind of magic.

There was a breath’s silence. This was where Gansey, if he were Ronan, would swear. Where if he were Adam, he’d close his eyes. If he were Blue, he’d snap in exasperation.
But Gansey merely rubbed a thumb over his lip and the drew himself up. He was instantly cool and elegant, all true emotions placed in an undisclosed location.

In The Dream Thieves, there’s also a new character who’s introduced in his own little chapters as The Gray Man. The Gray Man definitely added to both the mystery and the character dynamics category. I didn’t get this guy at all in the beginning. While the reason of his appearance in Henrietta became clear rather quickly, I was never really sure what kind of person he was. Is he evil? Or more of something in between? Is he just a psychopath? A good guy with messed up morals? I couldn’t make any sense of him and I loved it!

She wore a dress Ronan thought looked like a lampshade. Whatever sort of lamp it belonged on, Gansey clearly wished he had one.
Ronan wasn’t a fan of lamps.

Another two reasons why you absolutely need to read this series are Maggie’s writing and of course Blue and Gansey.

The writing… I mean just look at the quotes! Especially the last one. Isn’t it brilliant? For me, there’s something magical about Maggie’s writing. I think I said this in my review of The Raven Boys, but it needs to be said again. The way she strings words together and manages to make it both sound so beautiful and make you feel so much is magical. There’s no other way to say it. And you can’t fight me on this. Maggie is the queen of writing.

Also Gansey and Blue… truthfully, they didn’t have a lot of scenes in this one, but the ones they did have, woah! They gave me a serious case of butterflies and made me squeal and hug my book, I’m not lying. Those scenes leave me both scared and excited to read Blue Lily, Lily Blue.
I. Ship. Them.

Before Gansey had time to say anything to her, the murky water closed over her head. He was struck by what a glorious and fearless animal Blue Sargent was, and he made a mental note to tell her that very thing, if she didn’t drown getting whatever the second thing was.

Oh and have I mentioned that I absolutely love Gansey? He’s definitely my favorite character in this series which is not to be taken lightly since there are many amazing characters! But Gansey.. he’s special. He’s so much, so complex, I can’t take it sometimes. I love his goodness, his honesty, his love for adventures, his vulnerability, his love for his car, his everything. Consider me obsessed in all things Gansey.

Back then, it had surprised Ronan; he hadn’t realized yet that Gansey could persuade even the sun to pause and give him the time.

Another thing I loved? When Noah had this glorious moment:

“I heard about how you won’t kiss Adam.”
She turned her face into the pillow, cheeks hot.
“Well, I don’t care,” Noah said. With quiet delight, he guessed, “He smells, right?”

I mean, that was soo awesome! Noah is definitely not Team Adam either. I love him for that. And the scene that follows is so adorable! Noah and Blue are so sweet together and I love it. Noah is definitely the cream cheese of this Raven Cake and I just wanna eat him. Eh wait no. That was not what I wanted to say. He’s dead, he probably tastes disgusting. Hug him! I wanna hug him!

“I don’t know why you think that would work out. Pig’s got a load of five people-”
“Noah doesn’t count,” Ronan replied.
Noah said, “Hey.
“You’re dead. You don’t weigh anything!”

And if you need another reason to read this – absurd, I know! – then I have two words for you: prologue and epilogue. Okay, three words, but whatever. Important is that I’m pretty sure that they are the best prologue and the best epilogue I have ever read *gasp*. I know, that’s huge. But they’re truly brilliant and you’re missing out if you never get to read them.

Ronan Lynch lived with every sort of secret.

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