Warning, there will be some spoilery spoilers if you haven’t read The Raven Boys!
Title: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publication Date: September 17th 2013
Length: 448 pages (Hardcover)
Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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…
I remember the day I first laid eyes on a book of Maggie Stiefvater’s. It was about 2010, It think, and I was happily strolling around the bookshop, when suddenly, my eyes were drawn to the pretty cover of Shiver. The simple, yet beautiful design grabbed hold of me, and from that moment on, I knew that I needed it.
Now, three years and six books later, I know that Maggie’s novels are so much more than a bunch of pretty covers. When I pick up a book with her name on it, I know that I will not only like it…..it will blow my mind.
Maggie Stiefvater is one of those authors that have a very distinctive way of writing. It has something to do with the tone and feeling of her stories, I think. At least the ones I have read all have this eerie, mysterious, magical, and honestly kind of creepy atmosphere. Not scary…just creepy.
It’s also the kind of language she use. The words are so spectacular, and the sentences so beautiful, thoughtful, lyrical, and striking, that I almost want to cry. And while we’re talking about her fantastic writing, do you want to know how many pages I photographed with my phone so that I could remember the quotes for later?
And honestly, it would have been a lot more if it weren’t for the fact that I was so caught up in the story, that I just couldn’t stop every other page to take a photo.
Yep, that’s how much I love Maggie’s writing.
When it comes to the characters in this series, I have not one negative thing to say. They’re all so original, funny and sometimes even a bit scary. What I love the most, though, is that they don’t just suddenly change…they evolve. Every character-development occur gradually, and every time one of them undergo some sort of realisation about themselves, it feels very natural and realistic. They are who they are, and there was not a single moment in this book where I found myself questioning that.
The Dream Thieves is, like The Raven Boys, written in third person and alternates between a few different characters, but in this book, the story clearly centers around Ronan rather than Gansey, Blue, and Adam. I knew this beforehand (it’s pretty obvious if you look at the cover), and to be honest I was a tiny, teeny bit hesitant. I mean, Ronan intrigued me in the first book, but he didn’t stand out to me like he did to many others. We just didn’t connect.
I needn’t have been worried, though. Learning more about Ronan, and seeing him interact with his brothers and the other characters….well, it was pretty damn awesome. Ronan’s head is such a dark and scary place….and I absolutely loved every second of it. I loved hearing what he thought about the other boys, and what he saw when he looked at them. I loved how protective he was of his younger brother, and I loved experiencing his dreams with him. I loved that he hates lies more than anything, and I loved learning more about his father.
To put it simple: I loved that we got to see the part of Ronan that none of the other characters have any insight on. The part that only Ronan can tell us about.
Plus, (I guess this could be considered a spoiler by some people, so if you don’t want to know anything, just skip this paragraph) I can’t talk about Ronan without mentioning the recent news concerning his sexuality. This is something I think Maggie did perfectly. Like in real life, Ronan being gay didn’t mean he had to start using the word fabulous in every sentence (wouldn’t that simply be ridiculous), or any of the other super sterotypical things many gay characters do nowadays. It wasn’t this big revelation, it was subtle, and we got some hints, but it really isnt the most defining thing about him as a character. If you were to describe Ronan, you wouldn’t say: oh, he’s the gay friend. No, you would (I would at least) say that he’s the scary and dark guy (but also cinnamon roll), who can freaking snatch things from his dreams….and also happens to like boys (at least one particular boy).
So that’s that.
Oh, you want to know about Gansey and Blue? Fear not readers, Maggie did not forget about the psychic’s daughter and Mr Condescending Rich Boy. They’re definitely present in this story, and their scenes together will most likely consume your soul. :)
You know when you want two characters to be together, and for a long time nothing really happens. Maybe they don’t realise they like each other, or maybe they’re with other people at the moment. Whatever the circumstances, you can always feel the tension, the potential if you like, between them. If you ever let that feeling grab hold of you, it will never let go. You will become addicted, hungry for every moment you can get. A single glance, and you’re giggling for minutes straight. A conversation, and the world turns into rainbows and unicorns. Skin to skin contact and you end up in the ER for heart-difficulties.
You don’t? Maybe that’s just me.
Anyway, that’s basically how I felt toward Gansey and Blue in this book. I really like when relationships don’t just appear out of nothing. I want them to grow slowly and have something real to stand on, and that’s exactly what’s happening here.
When it comes to the other characters, what more can I say? Maura, Calla and Persephone: 200% of awesome. Noah: You’re such a sweetheart! Everyone else: I love you!
Plot-wise, since I think it’s best if you experience it yourself, I don’t want to reveal too much. I’m going to tell you five short facts, though, and then be done with it:
1. Not much Glendower
2. Bad People
In conclusion, when it comes to The Dream Thieves, I couldn’t have asked for more. The characters are incredibly complex and well-developed, the story is so eerie and intriguing that you can’t stop reading, and on top of it all, the writing continues to be absolutely stunning. There’s so much thought behind this series, and it just keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait until the next book comes out! (actually, the wait might just kill me)
If you’re a fan of the things mentioned above, you will most likely love these books just as much as I do. On the other hand, if you think excitement, action and a fast pace is a requirement, then this probably isn’t a book for you.
To me, though, this is perfection.
Some Lovely Quotes:
“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.”
“Blue didn’t envy Orla’s clairvoyance. She did envy her ability to be different without even trying. Blue had to try . A lot.”
“Sometimes Ronan thought Adam was so used to the right way being painful that he doubted any path didn’t come with agony.”
“For Blue, there was family – which had never been about blood relation at 300 Fox Way – and then there was everyone else. When the boys came to her house , they stopped being everyone else.”