Sunday, September 21, 2014

Review: The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven Cycle #2
Published September 17th 2013 by Scholastic Press

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...
*An ARC was provided by Scholastic Press in exchange for an honest review.*

The Dream Thieves is the follow up to The Raven Boys, (which I adored) and believe me when I tell you that The Dream Thieves is a worthy sequel in every. single. way.  I thought I already loved Blue and the boys as much as was humanly possible, but nope - there is a whole other level to these feels; and they were all brought to the surface while the reading of this book.  This is a story that stays with you long after you've read the last pages and I know that once the details start to get vague, I will promptly return and experience the whole thing all over again! (and again and again.)

The story seems to be getting darker with The Dream Thieves and I found that the scope of the plot has also broadened considerably.  Our Raven Boys aren't the only ones noticing the weird energy lines all over Henrietta; nor are they the only ones keen on finding the elusive Glendower.  I can foresee things getting quite intense in the next installments in any event.  As it stands, the way everything hit the fan at the end of book one with Adam's sacrifice and Ronan's big surprise reveal, well, things were bound to get interesting.  And they did!  Hell, they were more than interesting.  Try addictive, all-consuming and oh-so wonderful!  I happened to read this during an especially busy time in my life and it was sheer torture to have to put it down and walk away from the story - I kept wishing I could just forget the world and read the entire thing straight through.  Every single chapter promised more than the last and damned if it didn't deliver right till the very end!  Just when you thought Cabeswater couldn't get more enigmatic, you're floored with a big twist.  Just when Ronan seemed as mysterious and magnetic as humanly possible, NOPE.  He goes and reveals his dream powers and then we get to explore all of that with him.  Hello jackpot!

The Dream Thieves focuses most of it's attention on the boys this time around. We are treated to some bits from Blue's perspective, but mostly the focus lays on Gansey, Adam, and especially Ronan's perspective.  After Ronan's big dream reveal at the end of Raven Boys, it made sense for him to get more attention this time around.  Not to mention that I already had all kinds of love for his character and was desperate for more!  I have to say that Ronan's part of the story did not disappoint in the least.  I was swept away by his tale, his thoughts and the mischief he got up to ;-D  As for Gansey, I found myself falling even more hopelessly in love with him than I was at the end of The Raven Boys. The more you learn about the guy, the more there is to love I guess!  And then there's Adam, who underwent a huge change right at the end of book 1, so The Dream Thieves was all about how he's changing and why.  I probably don't even have to tell you that I was riveted by all of it. Adam continues to be something of a wild-card but he's a riddle wrapped in an enigma and I love all of it! Even Noah managed to surprise me yet again - and I thought nothing could top his big reveal the last time around. O.O Honestly, all of these boys own their own special piece of my heart! (PS- that ending tease has me shipping a ship that might never sail, but I'll be damned if I won't go down with THAT ship until the very end!! Sooo many feeeeels ♥♥♥)

The characters and their development is just as layered and rich here as it was in the first book.  We learn just as much new information about the boys and Blue as we did the first time around, which kind of blows my mind. The entire story line for The Dream Thieves was incredibly well-plotted and flowed like only Maggie Stiefvater can seem to manage.  I don't know how she does it, but with minimal drama she manages to make even the simplest of details utterly fascinating.  New characters and new monsters are introduced and they all seem like such a natural progression to the story that while they are surprising, at the same time you just know it could never have gone down any other way.  The whole thing was perfection to me, I just can not get over it.

The Dream Thieves is a story that grabs you right from the start and never lets go, not for a second.  It will invade your thoughts and, most likely, your dreams until you are consumed with longing for the next installment in an already stellar series.  I.NEED. Blue Lily, Lily Blue. In my life.  And quickly!  I simply don't think I can survive much longer without it.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

12 comments:

  1. Oh Micheline-I agree one trillion percent with everything you said in your amazing review! ❤ I was giddy with anticipation the moment I opened my copy of The Dream Thieves, a feeling that just magnified with every page I turned. I LOVE all the boys and Blue, but Ronan was especially a standout in this one (much to Ally's delight, as he's her favorite Raven Boy). And I TOTALLY ship that same ship you mentioned!!!

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    1. Ally's delight matched my own then since Ronan's my favorite Raven Boy too ♥ AND YES LEE THAT SHIP MUST SAIL!!! OMG I NEED that ship to sail! At the very least more ship dream moments via our favorite little dream machine xD I'll admit though that I adore ALL the Raven Boys AND Blue, tese are just some of the best characters I've ever come across! Gah! Where is our copy of Blue Lily, Lily Blue?!! The precioussss....

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  2. Glad you are all caught up for Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I still need to get started on this series, I don't know what's taken me so long since I've read pretty much everything else of Stiefvater's. Do you know how many books will be in the Raven Cycle?

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I am too Mogsy, but now the hangover is almost unbearable LOL *sigh* Oh and there are supposed to be 4 books in the Raven Cycle total, so if you wait a bit you'll be able to read the entire series in one - which will save you much suffering xD I still need to read EVERYTHING else by Stiefvater, but luckily I own Scorpio Races and Shiver to get me going!

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  3. Absolute fantastic review, Micheline - I'm so glad this didn't disappoint you, and that you enjoyed Ronan's point of view immensely. I did too - Ronan is such a great character, and Stiefvater is definitely a wonderful author for character development.

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    1. Thank you so much Ebony! Yeah this was a brilliant sequel through and through and I couldn't agree with you more on Ronan - he's the best ♥ And Stiefvater is a goddess for coming up with him and the rest of the gang!

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  4. Oh man OH MAN you have no idea how much you are making me want to drop everything and read The Raven Boys!!!! But ohhh I can't just yet! I haven't yet found the time :( But I know, I know exactly what you mean when you talk about Maggie's talent and all that she accomplishes in her writing because that was my experience with The Scorpio Races (my only Maggie read), as well. I just cannot wait to meet Blue and these boys!! Amazing review here, my dear!

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    1. GAH! Aylee you MUST read these books soon!!! I can definitely relate to not having the time to read ALL the books we need to though - there is simply not enough time in the day, week, month, year sometimes. Scorpio Races is most certainly an upcoming read for me (when I can find time that is!) so hopefully we can get caught up on ALL the Stiefvater soon :D

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  5. Haven't read your review for fear of spoilers as I haven't read the Raven Boys but I've heard so many good things about this series. Your rating only confirms that I need to read this asap :D!

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    1. Ooooh yes you DO NEED to read this series soon!! And then come back so we can gush and hug it out xD

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  6. You stole the words right out of my mouth. This review is perfect! I can't wait for Blue Lily, Lily Blue either :D

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    1. Awww thank you Kritika :D November needs to get here so we can all bask in out Blue Lily, Lily Blue feels togetherrrr!!

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