Title: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: September 17th, 2003
Okay, so I did not think that I would like this as much as I did! This book managed to surprise me in so many ways and has me hooked for the rest of the series.
The Dream Thieves is the second book in The Raven Cycle series. If you have not read the first book, The Raven Boys, please do not continue to read as I don’t want you to be spoiled. Come back after you’ve read that!
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.
Okay, I’m going to be honest. After I finished The Raven Boys I did not find myself as obsessed as everyone else in the book community seemed to be with this series. I did enjoy the book, the characters were cool, and it was written well. I ended up giving that 3.5/4 stars, but it did not make me instantly want to pick up the second book. It took me a solid 4 months to finally pick up the second book. Eventually, I was in the mood for it and decided it was time, because why not?
Going in I knew that we were following Ronan via the synopsis. I was not sure how I felt about that, because while I did not hate Ronan I also wasn’t in love with him either. My favorites from the last book were Blue’s family, Blue, and Adam. However, I’ve done a complete 180 and now am obsessed with Ronan. He’s become one of my favorite characters (right under Maura and her friends who will be my favorites forever).
A lot happens at the end of the last book and I had no idea what to expect next, but it wasn’t this. The journey that Stiefvater takes you on is one that you’re not expecting, but you’re along for the ride. For the most part, I really enjoyed it. I’ll get into my issues later, but first the things I liked, aside from Ronan. Who not only we saw develop as a character, but had an awesome plot line that I loved. It not only expanded on the magic we see, but also answered lingering questions I’ve had since the last book.
One of my favorite things that Stiefvater does in both this book and The Raven Boys is introduce characters that have an air of mystery about them. At first when you follow this person’s story line you’re like, “Who the f is this?” By the end though, you’re filled with tension either rooting with them or against them as their story line crosses with our main characters. In this book that character is appropriately named Mr. Gray. I thought his character was super interesting and enjoyed him more than the last person with a similar role. Stiefvater is a master at character development and really delivers on awesome characters in this book.
Another thing I love is the fact that Blue’s family is so involved in the story. Not only are they interesting people themselves, but I like that we get to see the family dynamic. It is especially interesting in comparison to the other family dynamics we get to see. I really liked the fact that we learn more about Ronan and Gansey’s families and that they play a role in this book. I like that we get a strong sense about where each of the teens comes from. The only one lacking in that department is Noah, but he’s a ghost and so it’s understandable.
The only issue I had with the book was the structure. I found parts of it confusing and messy. Stiefvater is so great with characters, it’s a shame that some of her characterization gets lost in the structure. I realize that her books are very character driven and the structure is driven by it. It did not always work for me. Sometimes I was not sure where the plot was going or if it was even going anywhere. For the most part I did not mind this aspect as the characters were so interesting themselves. However, I think that some of the plot lines and character development would have had a stronger impact had the structure been more sound. Adam’s story line definitely suffered from this the most as his felt all over the place. Most of this does get explained, but I thought it could have been handled better.
I will say that Ronan’s does not suffer from this issue. His arc was the most well developed and structured too. As he drove the main story, the other structural issues did not detract from my enjoyment of the book. Mr. Gray’s character arc was also well structured.
In the end, I really loved this book. I liked it so much more than the first book and it only makes me want to know what is going to happen next. I mean that ending though!? I just need more story right now, okay?
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
What did you think of The Dream Thieves? Can we talk about how awesome Ronan is because I love him. Let’s chat in the comments down below.