Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

TDreamThieveshe Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Published by Scholastic Inc. on September 30, 2014

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Pages: 437 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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.

Suffice it to say that after The Dream Thieves, I am all in when it comes to Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle. I loved The Raven Boys and this one completely cemented my adoration for this series. With Ronan’s revelation at the end of the first book, we get to delve into more of the magic and mythos all while trying to manage the ongoing struggles of these teenagers everyday lives. New threats, past mistakes, and more of my favorite character groups! What more could I ask for?

These books are absolutely my brand of weird! There’s such a strange mix of history and legends with this unexplainable energy and power. Cabeswater, the Greywaren, everything interconnected and mysterious. The search for Glendower and managing the ley line. Yes, there is a lot going on and I can understand how it could be confusing but I think it all works within the story. There doesn’t have to be an answer for everything.

Getting a look inside the head space of Ronan Lynch has got to be the best part of this story. We see under that thick skin to the boy underneath. The guy who cares about his family and his friends intensely but shows it in the tiniest of details. Not to mention the fact that he can bring things out of his dreams. It’s such a cool concept and Stiefvater does an excellent job fleshing out how it works.

Overall The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater was an excellent second book in The Raven Cycle. It held its own as a story but still furthered the narrative of the whole series. The new players all had a strong impact and my Blue and raven boys all shone through yet again. There is definitely a lot going on in this book but it didn’t slow me down for one second! I insist that if you haven’t given this series a shot, please pick up The Raven Boys. You’ll suffer, but you’ll be happy about it?

Favorite Quotes

  1. “While I’m gone,” Gansey said, pausing, “dream me the world. Something new for every night.”
  2. He was brother to a liar and brother to an angel, son of a dream and son of a dreamer.
  3. “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.”
  4. Ronan’s bedroom door burst open. Hanging on the door frame, Ronan leaned out to peer past Gansey. He was doing that thing where he looked like both the dangerous Ronan he was now and the cheerier Ronan he had been when Gansey first met him.”Hold on,” Gansey told Adam. Then, to Ronan: “Why would he be?”

    “No reason. Just no reason.” Ronan slammed his door.

    Gansey asked Adam, “Sorry. You still have that suit for the party?”

    Adam’s response was buried in the sound of the second-story door falling open. Noah slouched in. In a wounded tone, he said, “He threw me out the window!”

    Ronan’s voice sang out from behind his closed door: “You’re already dead!”

  5. 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.

So, have you read The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater? Can someone tell me how to survive the Blue/Gansey feels? If you could pull anything out of a dream, what would it be?

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