4.5/5 stars – This is everything I look for in a sequel – need I say more?!
Title: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance ??
Synopsis: 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…
Taken from The Dream Thieves on Goodreads
“There was that heavy silence that sometimes happens when a hit man enters a room.”Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves
What a satisfying sequel!! I didn’t love this one quite as much as The Raven Boys (I’m not really surprised), but I still really enjoyed it. I’m not sure what I was expecting going into this book. The end of The Raven Boys had me feeling like we might get more about Ronan Lynch (and I was so here for it).
The writing style was once again, in my opinion, flawless. I just love the way Stiefvater writes. I know it’s a point of argument for a few people and I can totally understand why, but to me it’s perfect. I love the metaphors and the slightly bizarre feel and don’t even get me started on the dialogue. This woman knows how to write good dialogue and for me, this can oftimes make or break a novel. There’s nothing worse than bland, two-dimensional dialogue.
The book was set in the same fictional town of Henrietta, Virginia as the first book and we got to see so much more of it! Stiefvater’s world building is magical in itself. The atmosphere she creates just feels so real and authentic, it’s definitely a highlight of these books so far for me (what can I say, I’m a sucker for the woman’s writing and descriptions!)
The book also follows the same set of main characters (although we get a couple of new ones as well). It was great getting to know some of the other characters a bit better. Ronan Lynch may or may not own my heart now (honestly, show me a better developed, more complex literary character I dare you). His personality is just so complex and well-executed and I can’t wait to see where his character goes.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Adam through this book, and I have a feeling Stiefvater kind of wrote him that way on purpose. I also think I like what direction his character is going in though and I’m excited to get to know him better in the next book (hopefully).
The psychics of 300 Fox Way were more prominent in this one and I’m so here for it!! I love the dynamic between them and the chaos of all these (slightly alcoholic) ladies under the one roof. I think Calla is my favourite and I just love the interactions between Blue and her mother. I really enjoyed that we got to know Blue’s mother better and see her developing relationship with the Grey Man (I can’t wait to see how he becomes further entwined with everything).
“She wore a dress Ronan thought looked like a lampshade. Whatever sort of lamp it belonged on, Gansey clearly wished he had one.
Ronan wasn’t a fan of lamps.”Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves
I kind of wish we’d gotten more Gansey and Blue in this one, but I think this book was really about Ronan and his weird relationship with Kavinsky and their dreaming (and I’m not mad about it). I think it was setting up for some major future plots!!
The only thing I didn’t enjoy as much about this one was the pacing. There were a couple of null-points in it where I kind of had to sit myself down and just get through them to the next chapter (but then it took off again and I was happy).
The ending was just absolutely epic. Honestly. I was not at all prepared for it and it was the last thing I was expecting, but wow. Just wow. When I think too carefully about it I feel like it shouldn’t have worked in a book like this, but somehow it did and just- WOW.
At this point I can’t really tell what direction the series is going in. I really hope we get more Ronan and his dreams (Chainsaw is the cutest thing on this planet – she is as sassy as my own bird, Lola, and it’s giving me all the feels!!), and I’d like to see more of the 300 Fox Way ladies!
If you haven’t already, please just read these books. You won’t be sorry. Or you might be, but I don’t really care. They’re quickly becoming some of my favourite books.
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