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

Posted January 18, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in 2016 Finish the Series Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 4 Comments

Book Review: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle) by Maggie StiefvaterThe Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle, #2
Published by Scholastic UK on September 5th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
ISBN: 9781407139135
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

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.

When Maggie Stiefvater asks her readers what they would take from their dreams if they have the ability to steal things from them, you know things are about to get crazy. Or should I say crazier? I loved The Dream Thieves a lot more than the first book in this series, The Raven Boys. Not only was there more action, be readers also get a chance to learn more about the mysterious Ronan Lynch. In the first book, Stiefvater delves into Blue, Gansey, Noah, and Adam. We even learn a lot about Gansey’s sister Helen, a crazy teacher, and Blue’s eccentric family. Ronan, however, was just the bad seed lingering in the background scowling at everyone else. Not this time!

The Dream Thieves is full of Ronan. Not to say we lose touch with the other characters, we don’t, but all of the mysteries surrounding Ronan in the first novel get revealed in the second. Hooray! Ass you know from reading The Raven Boys (or the synopsis above), Ronan can bring things out of his dreams. However, he’s not the only one sho wants them. Readers meet several new characters interested in Ronan’s talent, and we also learn more about the secrets Ronan has been keeping from others and himself. No more on that, though, because it’s too good to spoil. You just have to read and find out for yourself!

The kids find themselves with new foes to fight in their search for Glendower. We see how their bonds get tested as they come up against bigger obstacles. Not only do they have obstacles standing in their way from finding Glendower, but as they get closer to graduating high school, the stakes for their future get higher. All of this strain solidifies some ties, but threatens to tear others apart.

Aside from Ronan, readers also learn more about the bargain Adam made in The Raven Boys, and the consequences of making it. How his situation will affect the other characters going into the last two books gives readers a lot to ponder, which should make waiting for the final book, The Raven King, a bit easier. If you enjoyed The Raven Boys, then you’ll definitely love this one. I’d also recommend this novel to readers who only kinda liked it. Like me, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with Stiefvater’s second entry.

About Maggie Stiefvater

New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.


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4 responses to “Book Review: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle) by Maggie Stiefvater

    • @Angelized_1st

      I’m glad you enjoyed my review. It took me a while to read them, too! I’ve been slowly making my way through all of Stiefvater’s books. So far The Dream Thieves is my favorite. I plan to start Blue Lily tomorrow, so we’ll see if my favorite changes after I finish it 🙂

    • @Angelized_1st

      I’m reading Blue Lily now, and it’s so good! I’m glad I don’t have to wait long for The Raven King. Ronan is becoming my favorite character. Actually, I think he is. Though, I’m liking Adam and Gansey more in Blue Lily than I did The Dream Thieves. Blue is just Blue. LOL! I like her, but she doesn’t seem to change as much as the boys.

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