Thursday, December 18, 2014

REVIEW: THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Dream Thieves
Series: The Raven Cycle, #2
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Genres: YA, Paranormal
Reviewed by: Angie Edwards
My rating: 5/5


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...


If you’ve read The Raven Boys, you’ll know that I don’t need to go into detail about just how fabulously mindblowing Dream Thieves is. While reading The Raven Boys, I could never have imagined how Stiefvater would be able to improve on that. But oh me of little faith. She did, and she did it splendidly!

The writing, as expected, is as imaginative and whimsical as it is in the first book. Maybe even better. OK, definitely better. Then again, from this incredibly talented author I would expect nothing less. Character growth is off the charts and if you think you knew the boys quite well from the previous novel, you have a few surprises coming your way for sure. I loved how this book revolved around the three Raven boys (Gansey, Ronan, and Adam) more, and less around Blue. I’m not sure how I feel about her anymore, that’s probably why I’m happy she doesn’t feature as much in this story as in the first.

The idea of dream thieves tickled my imagination and, to be honest, I loved the concept of dreams literally coming true. Except for the night horrors, that is.

My recommendation is that (if you haven’t yet) you should read The Raven Boys first. It is, after all, the first book in this series and although I guess Dream Thieves can be read on its own, you’ll miss out on too much back story to be able to fully appreciate the extraordinariness of this sequel.


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All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she's tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She's made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

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