Monday, August 31, 2015

Review: The Dream Thieves

Title: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: September 17th, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 439 pages
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description: 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.

Of The Raven Boys, Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Maggie Stiefvater's can't-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book two." Now the second book is here, with the same wild imagination, dark romance, and heart-stopping twists that only Maggie Stiefvater can conjure
            It’s quite an odd thing to be a girl and connect so much to the boy in the book and yet, that is exactly what happened with book 2 of the Raven Cycle, The Dream Thieves.  I wasn’t initially the biggest fan of Gansey.  Perhaps it was a result of me rooting for Adam and Blue and I knew Gansey was getting in the way, but I didn’t care for his character as much in the first book as I did in this one.  The Dream Thieves changed that for me though.  Gansey is essentially the boy version of me and I think that’s why I connected more with this book than I did the previous one, because I had a hard time relating to Blue or any of the other characters.
            Speaking of which, I finally fell in love with the boy band (AKA Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah).  Maggie Stiefvater’s humor is hard to catch on to sometimes and I think that’s why I wasn’t as impressed in book 1 of this series, because I had a hard time getting it.  Most of the jokes between the boys went over my head and made for a confusing read.  Once you know their personalities though, the humor becomes easier to understand and I found myself laughing out loud throughout The Dream Thieves and wishing Ronan and Gansey would be MY best friends. 
            One aspect of this book that differed from the previous one is that this one focused more heavily on Ronan and his life.  I think it gives readers a better understanding of Ronan and why he carries himself the way he does, whereas in the first book the reader almost feels obliged to hate him for his rude comments and overall bad demeanor.  There’s a soft side to Ronan that I never would have thought possible and one of my favorite scenes in this book is when he’s around the animals at his family farm.  For someone who acts so hard-core the majority of the time, place a small animal (or any animal for that matter) in Ronan’s hands and he becomes the world’s biggest softie.
            I love that The Dream Thieves featured more magic/fantasy in it.  The dreams Ronan is having are hard to understand at first, but once he starts to connect what’s currently happening in his life with his childhood, everything starts to piece together and make more sense.
            All in all, book 2 of the Raven Cycle gave me more hope for the series.  I really started to enjoy where the overall story is headed and I thought this one was more entertaining than the previous. 

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