Sunday, September 29, 2013

For Your TBR Pile - The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Published: September 17th

Thanks Scholastic and NetGalley for the eARC. In exchange, I've written this unbiased review.

From GoodReadsThe second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

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.

Overall Review: The Raven Boys is possibly my favorite book this year. If someone had told me, "Hey, Valerie. You know there's this series about touch, rowdy boys who drive cool cars and search for mystical things" I would have picked this series up SOOO long ago. After reading Shiver and part of The Scorpio Races, this is the series that won me over as a Maggie fan.

Rating: While I really enjoyed The Raven Boys and rated it 4 stars, I LOVED The Dream Thieves and rated it a 5. This was the book that tugged me in for the rest of the series.

Writing: A lot of people like to use the words "lyrical" when describing Maggie's prose and I have to completely agree. But what I especially like is that although she writes in 3rd person omniscient POV, she doesn't forget to give the narrator his/her own distinct voice. By doing this, she sneaks in these little quirks and jokes and opinions of each character, which is also why I think we gravitate to certain characters.

Characters: The characters are the best part of this series. Ronan, whose dark personality didn't hook me when I read The Raven Boys, was the focus of The Dream Thieves and I found myself completely in love with his shady past, his dream world, and his farm house roots. His ability to carry things out of his dreams and use them in real life is fascinating and brought a whole other level of intrigue to this series! I also loved reading more about the origin of his and his brother Declan's hatred for each other.

I know everyone likes to talk about Gansey as the best character from the series, but I absolutely love Adam and his struggle to make the transition of where he came from to where he wants to go. His relationship with Blue is heartbreaking, and at the same time I'm so glad Maggie made it an honest relationship--one where you don't always get what you want.

Blue is such a strong character who comes from an unconventional upbringing in a house full of psychics and I was thrilled to see the part they played in this sequel.

The Scene Everyone Is Talking About: There's a kiss...oh my gosh. It's such a good kiss. That is all I'm saying.


  1. I finished this the other day, and I loved it! I can't wait for the next one.

    1. Me either, Laura! And we have to wait a whole year!! *DYYYYING*


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