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Hey Epic Geeks,
I finally picked up The Raven Cycle series and let me just tell you, I’m in love. Today I’m bringing you my full review of Book #2; The Dream Thieves.
“The Dream Thieves” by Maggie Stiefvater is a young adult, fantasy novel. This is book two of four. If you haven’t read Book #1 or #2, go check out my full review of The Raven Boys and then read it! Without going into major spoilers, the only thing I can really say is that The Dream Thieves is heavily based on Ronan’s secrets that are hinted at in The Raven Boys.
Just like the first book, The Dream Thieves received a five-star review without a single hesitation. Maggie Stiefvater again did an amazing job with the characters, environment, and over all plot. She’s slowly building a web of little details that go into each other. The atmosphere is incredible and I just can’t get over it. I actually like this better than The Raven Boys but that’s probably because there was so much Ronan. If you didn’t fall in love with all of the characters by the end of The Raven Boys, you definitely will by the end of book two.
I really enjoyed that Ronan was brought into this book more. He was a background character in the first book and this book he just shines. I don’t know if it was because I listened to the audiobook or if reading it would have been this way … but sometimes I couldn’t tell what was real or in a dream. I think Maggie did this well since Ronan didn’t even know the difference all of the time.
I completely didn’t think about the name of the book being plural … therefore, I was slightly caught off guard when Kavinsky was like “woah, let me mentor you”. I knew he’d be important … and it makes sense why Declan said he was dangerous. Both the drug aspect and the fact he was trying to keep his father’s secrets hidden. Kavinsky is definitely the villain in this book, even though Mr Gray is the one who was the one originally depicted as the bad guy.
Mr. Gray is a really interesting character. I love how everyone almost immediately accepted him in the circle even though there was some caution. I love how he fell for Maura. It gave him emotion and humanized him. I feel really bad since Maura went underground, which was the major cliffhanger at the end. I wonder if Mr. Gray actually stays or if he goes off searching. Mr. Gray was in search of the greywarden, which he thought was an item. At first, I thought it might be the language box that Ronan had. Instead, Ronan ended up being a greywarden. He also admitted that he killed Ronan’s father due to his job. He talks about killing so casually. Honestly, all of the cast ends up being able to talk about death casually.
I think the only thing that slightly bothered me was how Matthew, Ronan’s brother, just kind of appeared. He was mentioned in Book 1 I think, but now he’s here and cares. It definitely humanized Ronan and I really hope we see more of Matthew.
My ship continues to sail with Ronan and Adam. I really hope book 3 continues this. I love it so much.
Adam’s progression is definitely weird. He’s “The Magician” but I don’t really know what that means. I wonder what all he can do and if he continues to be reckless and selfish, who knows how it will turn. I really hope that Ronan brings him back to earth.
What I think Maggie did really well was showing all of the friendships either cracking or distancing, especially after the events in book 1. Adam and Gansey are on really rough terms. Adam seemed angry at everyone and at life. He even lashed out on Blue. Gansey ignored it all. Blue distanced herself. Ronan does what he can to help Adam without being super obvious, like getting Adam’s rent lowered so he can continue at Aglionby.
Gansey and Ronan, on the other hand, are also splitting some.
Noah was so adorable in this book but I wish there was more of him. He and Ronan playing through the house was great. I laughed really hard when Ronan threw Noah out the window. Since I listened to the audiobook, you could hear Ronan’s laugh and Noah’s sad “He threw me out the window …” The entire book Ronan just adds in “you’re already dead” without shame rather than skirting around it like everyone else.
Then Noah’s interaction with Blue when she tells him about the deadly kiss. He just shyly but smoothly said “well you can kiss me, I’m already dead”. This whole scene was so odd and reminded me of younger kids “practicing” kissing. They went through all of the awkward steps of “ew, this is gross” or “wait maybe this is better”. When Noah disappeared, I was slightly scared that he was her true love and she killed off his spirit/soul.
I know I’m missing some but I absolutely loved this entire book. This was slightly better than the first (even though the first was also 5 stars) and I really hope the series continues in the upward climb. Who do you ship? Do you have any more theories for the upcoming book?
In the mean time, keep calm and stay epic,