The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: September 17th, 2013
Scholastic Press, 448 Pages
Source: ARC via BEA 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Follow up to: The Raven Boys
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…
Every single time I read one of Maggie Stiefvater’s books, I sit there afterward and think, to myself, two things:
1. How does she do it?!
2. She can’t possible outdo that.
While I don’t think I’ll ever know the answer to number one, I have come to grips with the fact that she will, indeed, end up topping her last book with the most recent one.
There is just so much to love about this series as a whole – the romance (OMG, there is a KISS in this book. THAT KISS.), the mystery, the originality. But it’s the characters that really get to me – especially Ronan. He’s so complex for a teenager and if you’ve read the last line of The Raven Boys, I know that you’re dying (like I was) to read The Dream Thieves and learn more about Ronan (don’t worry, because you definitely learn more about him).
This series took a turn that I didn’t really see coming (although I’m not entirely sure what I thought the direction would be) and I’m most interested to see how Ronan’s story melds with the overall quest for Glendower (some was explained in this book but I want more!). And I’m also interested in how the other characters will factor in – and what their fates will be!
Here is the perfect song for this book (in my opinion):
What you got what you got in your hand? – a father said to son
I got the whole world here Daddy between my fingers and my thumb
Well you take care of it please – it’s the only one
-Dave Matthews Band, “Raven”
Side note: I think this would make a GREAT TV show!