Review: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted October 14, 2015 in review / 6 Comments

Review: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie StiefvaterThe Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic Inc. on September 17th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
Source: Purchased
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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.

The Raven Boys was more about Gansey and the introductions to Glendower, leylines and Cabeswater. But this second book in this pretty amazing series is, as you can see from the cover and the summary, about Ronan. I do admit, I’m probably one of the few who fell for Gansey first, and totally hated Ronan’s harsh ways in the first book. But I totally predicted that by the end of this book, I would fall for Ronan, and I was right.

This book will talk about Ronan’s past and who he really is. Even though I am still strongly Team Gansey, I do like Ronan more in this book, because his anger and brashness seemed more justified. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing in general, but to me, it’s a pretty good reason. Also, I feel that this book, or rather series, is really really good due to its characters. Like, all of them. Gansey, Blue, Ronan, Noah, Adam, etc. Maggie Stiefvater puts in as much depth into the characters as she did for the whole story plot. Each one of them is given their own spotlight and I absolutely love how their perspective meshed up with each other. Like, one moment you’ll be hearing Adam’s thoughts and the next, it’s Blue’s. And it all goes perfectly well. There’s no abrupt changes between them, and I absolutely love it.

The details about Cabeswater and ley lines and such aren’t mind-boggling too. Some authors tend to just put in all the details together in one chunk, and that usually gave me a headache, trying to understand it. But Maggie structures her sentences and facts in a way that they’re spread out equally, but still makes sense.

This book was much more intense than the first book. If I had to choose, I would say this is better than The Raven Boys. The Dream Thieves had so much more answers and surprises along the way, and it kinda brought me on an emotional rollercoaster ride, throughout the whole book. THE FEEEELS.

Okay, I definitely need the next book right now. LIKE. RIGHT. NOW. Sigh.

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6 Responses to “Review: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. Good to know that the second book doesn’t suffer at all from the middle book syndrome! I recently read a 2nd book in a series that was so utterly disappointing as it failed to be intense and it failed to reach to any conclusion and it failed to be a legit story on its own >_< So it's making me want to read this series more knowing that the 2nd book transcends its predecessor 😀
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    • AH YES THIS SECOND BOOK IS AMAZING. hehhe. And you should definitely continue on with it 🙂 Awww, I’m sorry you didn’t like that second book >< For some reason, middle book syndromes happen more than usual ><

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