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

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Name: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: rating-5

17347389Wow! This book! I needed a few days before I wrote my review because seriously… THIS BLEW MY MIND AWAY! When I finished it I was so confused, and excited and speechless. Maggie Stiefvater, she’s just amazing. We have yet another book full of magic, possibilities, dreams… And they all seem so real. Maggie once again presented a world where everything is possible, you just have to believe it can be real. Her magic feels real.

On The Dream Thieves, the quest for Glendower is still going and it is more intense and confusing since now the ley line is awake. But Blue and her Raven Boys are now facing new threats. They don’t know it for sure, but there are other people interested on the ley line and everything that comes along with it. Every single possibility it represents. We have the characters we all know and love, like the Raven Boys and Blue and her family. They’re all important, but we also have a few more characters added to the story. And from these new characters, a new ally might appear (well, that’s what I think).

“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her raven boys.”

If you’ve read the first book, you know this series is full of points of view. In this one we add Ronan’s and a few other’s POV to the mix. With Ronan… You first meet him as the intense and problematic part of the group. On this book, you understand where his anger comes from. The story behind his dad’s death. How he feels towards some people (people who I won’t mention, but let me tell you… I KNEW IT). He’s discovering who and what he is, what he’s capable of. Also, who’s like him or appears to be like him, and the part they play with the ley line.

“While I’m gone,” Gansey said, pausing, “dream me the world. Something new for every night.”

Then we have Adam. Adam, the responsible for waking up the ley line. The one who’s changing and doesn’t understand why and what’s happening to him. He’s so angry all the time. I don’t really like him. I didn’t like him on the first book and I didn’t like him on this one. He’s too resentful and I hate how he makes Gansey feel. Like he’s to blame for everything. I understand, his life hasn’t been easy, he wants more for him, but there are ways to do it. Getting help is not a bad thing.

Blue and Gansey… There wasn’t enough of these two, Maggie! Come on. I know this story is not about the romance, it is a part of it, but not all. But come on! This is torture. That scene, THAT SCENE! Oh my God! It was amazing, beautiful, romantic and devastating all at the same time. I need more. Their romance grows slowly. It’s not the typical love story. But it’s beautiful. Both of them start to realize how much they can rely on each other. How much they actually matter to each other. This was unbelievable.

“I wish you could be kissed, Jane,’ he said. ‘Because I would beg just one off you. Under all this.’ He flailed an arm toward the stars.”

And talking about torture. Dear God woman! What was that last scene? Jesus.

The ley line is more than what they all thought at first. It is powerful and unpredictable and full of magic. Every time there’s some interaction with it, like some one waking it up, or finding it again or whatever… The ley line is going to respond. If it’s going to give them something, the ley line has to take something back.

Congratulations Maggie Stiefvater for another great book.

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Rating: rating-4

“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her raven boys.”

This is one of those books, for me anyway, that took forever to get through. Not because it was boring, there was just so much going on and I needed time to process everything.

So, in Raven Boys, Adam sacrificed himself to awaken the ley line, and this book shows what that sacrifice cost him. In my opinion, I think it gives him a better sense of purpose. Cabeswater is his responsibility now, and it fits him. He’s working multiple jobs to stay on his own two feet, which I really admire about him. He has so much on his shoulders, but he isn’t intimidated. He’s ambitious and determined, making him one of my favorite characters.

Meanwhile, Gansey and Blue are struggling with their attraction for one another. The reader can only see it through small gestures, glances, and hesitant touches. Just little teases to drive us crazy, wanting more more more. What can I say, I’m a sucker for romance. I love their relationship, though. They are so odd, but they get each other. All of their conversations reflect that. They are like two puzzle pieces that fit together perfectly. No one gets it, but them and that’s what I love so much about them.

Now, I’m sure everyone has a favorite character in this series, and for me it’s Ronan. He’s so haunted, mysterious, and troubled. He’s the rebel, the bad boy, and I want so badly to know him, to peel back his layers and know everything about him. So I loved getting that chance in this book, seeing his abilities develop and learning more about his father and his family. He’s all hard on the outside, but he has a softer side. I mean, the guy fed a baby raven every two hours! How can you not love him for that alone?

Of course I can’t forget about Noah. He’s still there, hovering in the background. Never gone, but always lurking in the shadows. He’s so sweet, and I hate that he has to exist in that way. He deserves a full life, not a half-life.

The gang is still on the hunt for Glendower, learning more about the ley line and how it operates. This book was a good installment to the series, it was just a bit long. However, I have to give props to Maggie for her insane imagination. I’m excited to see what happens in Blue Lily, especially since this book left off on a cliffhanger. I’m happy I started this series after Blue Lily was released. I can’t imagine how mad the readers were that had to wait.

“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.”

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