Here is a brief list of traits I have that made me enjoy this book: I think I'm going with 3rd favorite ever. This book is mysterious and dramatic and weird as fuck , but it's undeniable how much it made me fall in love with these characters and how much their particular arcs stayed with me. I know a lot of reviewers say this, but I really want to emphasize how little I expected to obsess over this. If I'm being honest, I only somewhat liked book one.
It took me at least a week to read, which is so not normal for me. So naturally, I figured picking up this book at nine on a school night would be fine. I'd put it down 50 pages later. Flash forward to me, five hours before I had to wake up for school, crying on my bed after finishing the book in four hours flat. I usually am responsible. This book somewhat ruined that. It was definitely worth it.
The Dream Thieves
If you remember my review of The Raven Boys , you might know I actually had a ton of issues with that book. But I really think this book alleviated that, both by fixing my concerns, and by improving. The Dream Thieves is my fave by far, but Blue Lily Lily Blue is just as fabulous, and The Raven King has a lot of great stuff going for it too [though I think it's overall not as strong as the two middle books aka my loves]. Let's talk about why I love this book so, so much. That's not to say the plot is bad - I'd give it a solid four - but it's not worthy of a five-star gush.
The characters, though, are maybe interesting than any I've read before. Ronan gave in to the brief privilege of hating himself, as he always did in church. There was something satisfying about acknowledging this hatred, something relieving about this little present he allowed himself each Sunday.
Ronan's goddamn character arc is the only thing I felt emotions for at least 48 hours after reading this book. It's so well built and written! His development is really subtle over the course of the book, and yet I got so attached to this character so quickly. This isn't even my character archetype!! I know all of you love bad-boy-with-a-heart-of-gold, but honestly, I've hardly ever seen this trope done well. This book does the trope well.
Ronan's character is written as so powerful and deep. His arc was just I'm going to go into some other minor spoilers in this paragraph; they're actually things that I wouldn't consider spoilers in literally any other book, but I feel as if I almost would've preferred letting this specific character arc dawn on me. But if you don't care - Ronan's arc follows his struggle with depression, and his struggle with internalized homophobia. Can I just say that both aspects are done perfectly.
We are totally different people.
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And yet his experiences and thought processes are so relevant to me. But you know what, that did not stop me from full-on sobbing at THAT reveal. He said, "Scio quid hoc est. It was a Celtic knot the size of a wafer, and then Adam, who had become Kavinsky, said "Scio quid estis vos.
Ronan woke with a start, ashamed and euphoric. The euphoria wore off long before the shame did. He was never sleeping again. I know some people don't like Adam in this book, and I have to admit I somewhat get it. But listen - in hindsight, his character arc here is fantastic. Yes, I'm aware he's always angry and scared this entire book, but it is completely reasonable at this point.
His character gets far more dynamic and developed. He's so easy to relate to for me that it's hard to be annoyed by his shitty behavior. His arc is actually the most flawless character arc I've ever read. You know how I said I relate to Ronan even though we're totally different people? This character and I are actually really similar.
And I actually adore that. I love how fucking real this character feels, how realistic and genuine. Just her and the pink switchblade. They were a good pair. Both incapable of opening up without cutting someone. I love the potential of her character, and I love the contrast she forms towards some of the other characters. I also love that she's It's not a spoiler because we all knew it was coming from the beginning of book one.
They're destined for each other, yeah, yeah, we get it, right? I am actually super annoyed at how many people write off these books as "paranormal romance that I won't read" just because of the destined romance thing. Because oh boy, that is so inaccurate. Marketing issue - their plotline is so much more interesting than just that. I really enjoyed seeing them develop and come closer; the late-night phone calls and sweetness just really work for me. I also enjoy that Gansey is such a non-archetypal YA boyfriend, and wow I love that this series' grand romantic love interest is an anxious pretentious nerd mess.
Because oh my god, I do. What a completely heartbreaking relationship dynamic. The goddamn mask scene is literally one of my favorite scenes in anything ever.
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I love banter and I love group dynamics, so this was a plus. Friendships between all of the Raven squad are really built up here. Possibly the best moment of the book is when view spoiler [Blue kissed Noah hide spoiler ]. It was heartbreaking in all the right ways. This book gives Persephone, Maura, and Calla a lot more depth well. Okay, you all know I adore having villains as narrative parallels , and I think Kavinsky is one of the most complex I've ever seen.
I do want to say that I hate the guy. Can I say that. The Grey Man, though, was awesome. I heard someone call the end of his arc "anticlimactic" and I have to say it's genuinely one of my favorite scenes ever so?? Honestly, this may be the best plotting of any of the books. The Dream Thieves gives an intriguing, well-drawn plot which never slows down. There aren't any moments where the book halts and stops progressing, despite some where nothing is explicitly happening.
Every scene either builds plot, builds character, or does both. Her style is super pretty, and it adds so much atmosphere and mood to this story. Maggie Stiefvater is really, really great at this aspect of writing, and I feel like these books are really great because you could miss all the symbolism and still love it, but you could also catch everything and then analyze it for 45 hours.
There's a metaphorical sex dream in this book that parallels a scene two books later and honestly that's just wild on so many levels and I love it. I am writing a fucking essay. For now, I have this one singular thing written down: I think Stiefvater has an interesting kind of approach to morality, where it's not necessarily about what you do, but about why you do it. There's even one moment where some borderline slut-shaming happens.
Emma talked about this more in maybe the most popular three star review ever. Listen, don't tell me Militant Feminist Blue Sargent would really act like that. Her cousin is wearing a bikini. Why do we care about this. The lack of diversity is a thing. I'm sorry, Blue literally does not know a single girl her age. And everyone's white or racially ambiguous.
I think I also said at some point that the first book was obnoxiously heterosexual and full of random subtext with no payoff, but I'm taking that comment back. I'm taking it all back. I apologize I've committed slander Anyway listen this is one of my favorite books of all time and it fucked me up and I love it. I adore the characters and the parallels and the writing all so much.
You should read this! Blog Goodreads Twitter Youtube View all 40 comments. Re-Read, January Umm, is there a better way to start off the new year?? Though I really enjoyed the writing in the first book, it completely blew me away here. The words were all perfectly chosen to craft simply beautiful and engrossing senten 5 Stars Overview: The words were all perfectly chosen to craft simply beautiful and engrossing sentences. These characters are fantastic, and the writing is smart. I often preach about showing vs telling, and this book nails it. To feel awake when my eyes are open.
It becomes apparent how much of his steely personality is a front. I still like her character and feel her behavior is part of her overall arc—but she was frustrating. All the characters are always talking about how charismatic and larger-than-life he is, but I still just want to grab a beer with him. Interested to see if this changes. Tragic backstory doesn't excuse sadistic behavior. Where is the logic in this?? He has some major consent issues.
But he's also incredibly captivating and really moved this story forward. View all 31 comments. I love her family, all of the banter between them, the sweetness between Blue and her mom - just everything! I feel bad that Blue has to go through all of these emotions with Adam and Gansey. Blue knows that she loves Gansey and that finally comes to light but in a very sad way: It was a bittersweet moment because she felt like that was the only kiss she would ever be able to give to anyone.
Blue is a raven girl in my mind. Ronan and his sweet little raven, Chainsaw I love them both. Ronan makes out to be this really tough guy and he is in many ways, but he is human. He has a human side that does so many wonderful things for people. Brings a damn tear to my eye. He is also a Greywaren, he can bring things out of dreams. Unfortunately, he brings some nasty things out of his dreams by accident and almost gets him and a few others killed.
He's not the only one, but I'm not saying who all have this ability. I thought I fell down the rabbit hole again until I finally caught on: He's not doing too well since he sacrificed himself for the leyline. It all works out in the end, thank goodness, when he gets some help from one of Blue's many family members. Adam had a sad life, growing up with a horrible father that beat him, having to working three jobs just to have the money to live on his own and go to the school with the other boys.
He wouldn't take any charity from his friends and it made them sad and angry at times. But, they did find ways to help him without his knowledge But that's what friends do damn it! The reason I'm making this point is that he never asked for help until he went to Blue's home and that probably saved his life and we find out something he is now: He is there to do harm to someone in the group but then he just can't. There is something really bad he did in the past and I thought it was so sad for the person when they find out. Beyond all of the sad things that happen, there are many more good things.
And the end, the epilogue, I was like what? I wonder how many more people are going to turn out to be other things Well, I forgot to add my excerpts and when I looked at my page numbers I wrote down, they didn't have what I wanted to add. I must be losing my mind or was so into the book, I wrote down random page numbers. View all 11 comments. The Dream Thieves, the second book in The Raven Cycle series, to say it in a few words is what I think how every book in the YA genre should strive to achieve in their characters development.
I have heard a lot of great things about Ronan Lynch and I finally understood why this character is really beloved by every reader I know. Turns out I was completely wrong. Every dream sequences give Ronan more necessary spotlight for his character and yes, this also means his development here is definitely the best one out of all the character in the series so far. There is a glimpse of vivid emotions in every characters thoughts and actions, Gansey and Adam relationship here in particular took an intriguing and complex turn which imo is also one of the best part of the book other than Ronan.
But that was the trick, wasn't it? Everyone had their disappointment and their baggage; only, some people carried it in their inside pockets and not on their backs. Seriously, her love for cars can truly be seen from her writing and intricate description on every single race and cars description such as their brands, engines, wheels etc.
The only time where she made a notable appearance here is the one where she spent her time with Noah, which was really well written and amusing to read. Third, insta-love between two characters one being a completely new character in this installment that were completely pointless and I seriously have no idea why I have to read their relationship progression like that.
Finally, this is my adult fantasy attitude and longing being nitpicky here, the buildup to the climax were so well written but the conclusion of it was in my opinion very underwhelming. I gave this book the same rating with 'Six of Crows' and my overall experience of it is that I enjoyed it even more than the first book. I finished it in 2 days. It was magical, filled with great character development, magical and as usual, atmospheric.
A good sequel I enjoyed and I hope the next book will be even better. This review is also featured on Booksprens where I'll be a guest reviewer for this series, check it out! View all 41 comments. Excuse me for a moment while I go slap myself senseless for having resisted this long. It took months to get here but I finally made it. I read the raven boys last summer and though I enjoyed it and swore to finish the series by the end of the summer, other books ended up getting in the way while my attention kept going where the wind blew.
After the events of The Raven Boys , all the mysteries that were left unanswered and the consequences of the things that happened, my head Excuse me for a moment while I go slap myself senseless for having resisted this long. After the events of The Raven Boys , all the mysteries that were left unanswered and the consequences of the things that happened, my head was kind of spinning with theories as to how this book would address those questions or at the very least, some of them and give some clarification or explanation.
However, TDT took a completely different direction than I'd anticipated and I have to say, I might be one of the few ones who is actually pleased with that. Wait, not so fast because the slow pace really worked for me here and this is coming from the world's most impatient reader but I was genuinely glued to the pages from start to finish and loved it far more than I did the first one.
There was something oddly luring and eerie about this book that I couldn't, for the life of me, pry myself away from. And to be quite frank, as much as I was intrigued by the plot of the first book, I mainly enjoyed it for the characters and not exactly the mystery elements of the story which also turned out to be the same case with The Dream Thieves. So, where plots are concerned, it wasn't the most action-packed nor did it make any developments to the series, which almost felt like a side story with some links to the overall story arc of The Raven Cycle but the character developments and the beautiful writing more than made up for it.
What stood out for me above all else was the poetic yet potent writing style which instantly grabbed me and left me with a perpetual grin through the end. Moreover, the character interactions were fantastic. The dialogue between the casts flowed so well all the way through displaying their distinct personalities and somewhat eerie humour ever so beautifully, which in my pinion, was one the high points of this book.
I love characters that make my head spin with intrigue and Ronan did that from start to finish. He is multi-layered, unpredictable and had such an incredible level of depth with so many different facets of his personality depending on who he was interacting with. And though a bit haphazard in its execution, his story was the one most thoroughly explored and consequently the best.
I loved the rest of the characters as much as I did in the first one, if not more. However, her very little presence in the book makes it hard to talk about her when in fact, I'm struggling to remember any memorable moments with her in it, aside from that one single, albeit endearing scene with Noah. Her actions are based almost solely on what the boys are doing as she spends much of her time tagging along on their quest and not much else.
The remainder of her appearances is spent on the continued formation of the love triangle and her confusing shifts in feeling towards Adam or Gansey or both which felt somewhat organic in the first book but a bit more contrived here. I totally and completely give in. About damn time anyway. View all 30 comments. I've been obsessed with him since he first showed up, and it's only gotten worse after that.
I enjoy reading about Gansey, Adam, Blue, Noah, but when Ronan is on pages it's like they come to life. I'm telling you, it's not normal the way i feel about him. When i read this book last year i When Taylor Swift?? When i read this book last year i was mad because i wanted it to be all about Ronan, i realize now that i was being unreasonable.
This time i will try my best to keep it together. Also, i kind of miss Kavinsky. I was really mad because Adam was getting hurt because of Blue and Gansey! Now that we have Ronan, how can i stay mad at Blue. This series is perfect! Their story was so intense and fascinating. I hope to see more of them in Blue Lilly rather than Gansey and Blue. Can i just say how much i don't like Blue at this point, and now she is making me not like Gansey. I couldn't care less who your true love is! Just pick someone and shut up! Stop jumping from one friend to another. All i care about is how that person would die.
I don't feel any chemistry between her and Gansey or maybe i just don't care.
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I found myself skipping pages while reading about these two. I love Gansey when he with his friends and family, this romance thing is just not working for me. View all 87 comments. Apr 02, Kai rated it it was amazing Shelves: Beautiful things like this series. I was transfixed with The Dream Thieves. It's another fascinating novel made by a brilliant author. Some things still irritate me though. Sometimes I just want to punch him in the face, especially when he behaves like the biggest dipshit earth has ever seen.
His actions and words make me furious. Maybe it's his recklessness or his attitude, but often he doesn't make sense to me at all. Other times I want to punch Adam in the face for being so stubborn. Him though, I do understand. I just wish he'd swallow his pride and accept his friend's aid. Anyway, what bothers me most is that sometimes I just didn't understand a single word. I totally missed the meaning of what Maggie wanted to tell me.
There was a whole chapter where I just sat still and thought "??? I guess that calls for a reread. I wish there was a little or a lot more clarity, it gets extremely confusing at some point. It's hard to explain why exactly I was confused. When their words get so cryptic and mysterious that I lose them. The only thing left to say is that Maggie created such raw and pure characters, that I don't want to let go of them.
Find more of my books on Instagram View all 7 comments. Aug 04, Katerina rated it really liked it Shelves: Slightly disoriented , like I can't separate reality from fiction. Like I can't remember the exact context of this bizarre dream but I can recollect scattered images and emotions. For this series and its raw, complicated and real characters. At the same time, Adam struggles to come to terms with the sacrifice he made, Gansey continues his relentless search of the long dead Welsh king and Blue realizes that heart is a traitorous thing and you can't choose who you fall in love with.
When a mysterious man appears and strange r paranormal activity strikes their little town, Blue and her raven boys must solve the riddles of their abilities and the ley lines and discover what they're looking for before it is too late. Before someone else does. I was overwhelmed with a constant restlessness , I almost skipped sentences and pages because I wanted something more , something else to happen but I can't pinpoint what that was.
Perhaps I got tired from the frequent switch between dreams and reality, and I ended up a tad unsatisfied. This book's greatest asset was that it explored more thoroughly the relationships between the characters and their personalities , their inner battles and desires and needs. It explained Ronan's hatred against the world, it uncovered the secrets he safeguarded for so long and I fell for his wounded, more vulnerable side.
Adam on the contrary became more unpredictable. I can't shake the notion that he is jealous of Gansey and that's the source of his bitterness. He is changing, I can see that he's changing and I hope that he'll understand how awful he has been to Gansey who only wanted to help him. My sweet, dear Gansey, whose wilder, boyish side is equally intriguing with his scholarly one. But their connection, their stolen moments, the longing, they made my toes curl and my heart beat rapidly, sending warmth to every single cell of my body.
I am scared and excited at the same time, but I hope, hope, hope. When I end this series, I'll probably need therapy. View all 23 comments. I paced myself and went through this book so slowly, because I couldn't stand not to savor it. It was easily one of the best books I've read all year, and has made this one of my favorite series of all time. Adam is so full of heartache and rage and hurt, and then poor little Noah is the epitome of a cinnamon roll and I just want to hug him and fix everything.
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This felt like Ronan's book, first and foremost, and I loved every single word on every single page that involved him. He's such a brilliant, badass, lovable character and the development that he underwent in this installment was mind-blowing. I loved learning about his dreams, and his family, and the soft little heart tucked under all that anger and stubble and ink. On top of these lovable little delights of my heart, you've got more fun shenanigans with Maura and the psychics, breathtaking antics with a few morally gray characters heh, get it?
Through it all, Maggie's writing is so stunning and fun, and these characters made me want to live in Henrietta just to watch it all unfold. If you enjoyed The Raven Boys , you positively must continue the series. If you haven't picked this series up at all yet, well You can find this review and more on my blog! View all 17 comments. Aug 05, Ryan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Okay, there is no way I could possibly love Ronan Lynch anymore than I do now.
I've written and re-written this review so many times now, that I've just accepted I'll never be able to put into words how much I love this series, and how much I loved this book. So I wrote a gif-review instead. Maura and The Gray Man: My reaction to Ronan's second secret: My reaction to the ending: Me after this book: My review of The Raven Boys View all 26 comments.
Apr 01, Jenny rated it it was amazing. It's one of those books that just keeps on giving. The more you read, the more you discover. It has a really high reread factor as well because future actions shed light on past actions, turning each reread into small treasure hunts looking for those hints peppered into the story. And the characters, don't get me started on the characters. Their character exploration is insane and subtle and beautiful. I know, normally I'm all about character development , but this wouldn't be the right word to use here.
It's like Blue's tarot card, the Page of Cups. She's an empty cup brimming with potential. They grow IN to their characters. Book by book they turn their potential into something real. Our characters aren't reluctant heroes who follow a certain path and are surprised to realize they've become "something more" by the end of their journey. They already know what their "something more" is, they know they'll reach it, they just don't know how.
Ronan is a total bamf. Adam is finally getting his shit together. I'm still waiting for my ship to sail. View all 5 comments. Dec 16, Sana rated it really liked it Shelves: This was supposed to be a BR with this bitch , but she decided to read without me and then DNF it halfway in because it was too boring. I'm questioning our friendship too. So like, I'm going to force her to finish this and BR the next book with me.
This was so fucking good. AHhhh so fuc This was supposed to be a BR with this bitch , but she decided to read without me and then DNF it halfway in because it was too boring. AHhhh so fucking good, you guys. I officially love Ronan and the Gray Man. If this snake bit you, you had no one to blame but yourself. In a wounded tone, he said, "He threw me out the window!
I love him so much. He's the best characters in this book. He deserves all the fucking love. He is hilarious as fuck and I can relate so much to him. This fucking kid, I swear. So like, since my brain is dysfunctional, I keep on saying Ronan Lynch out loud and this is an actual conversation I had with my sister. Who the fuck is this Ronan Lynch? Get a life Sun. When I found out about Ronan's second secret view spoiler [ hide spoiler ] Just fuck me up please.
Yes, this bird is my fucking favorite, after Ronan of course. He's a mysterious hit man. He's a violent little piece of shit. But The Dream Thieves does justice to its predecessor and propels the story arc forward in exciting and sometimes shocking ways. In the vein of Empire , this sequel lurks in the shadows, sewing seeds of uncertainty over the outcome of the battle between good and evil.
I think Ansel has the look of Gansey, but I'd need to make sure he could nail that upper class Virginian accent. Dylan's got Ronan's venomous, tough exterior, but those eyes hint at the possibility of a sweet soul. I don't care for Russell Crowe in real life, but I do think he's a damn good actor, and he's could definitely capture the Gray Man's foreboding yet strangely proper presence.
Book, I feel so lucky that I got to hold you in my arms and know the magic of your charms. You are everything I dreamed you would be, and I wish I could stay with you forever instead of waking back up to boring reality. But even when we're apart, the memory of you continues to enchant my ordinary life with fantastical imaginings and burning questions. I can't wait to reunite with you in the form of the third book, and until then, I'll have to rely on writing fan fiction daydreaming in anticipation. There be spoilers ahead!
I received a free review copy from Scholastic. I received neither cocktails nor money for this review dammit! The Dream Thieves is available now. Check out our Raven Boys-inspired merch! Our highly scientific analysis of a book, from the characters to the writing style to the swoon.
Your life will be meaningless if you haven't read these superstars of literature. Dream Lover Cover Story: Ronantastic Thank goodness Scholastic decided to continue in the artistic vein of The Raven Boys cover rather than some dumb repackaging bullshizz. Make It Rain Cracking open this book for the first time felt just like meeting up with my college roomies and catching up over cocktails. Blue knows what I'm talking about: Dream Thieves With great power comes great responsibility, but let's be honest.
Empire Strikes Back So often, the sequel to a big hit can be a major disappointment. Ansel Elgort as Gansey I think Ansel has the look of Gansey, but I'd need to make sure he could nail that upper class Virginian accent. Dylan O'Brien as Ronan Dylan's got Ronan's venomous, tough exterior, but those eyes hint at the possibility of a sweet soul. The writing style maintains a dark and brooding tone as Gansey continues to investigate the existence of a ley line, an invisible channel of energy, recently awakened, that may lead them to the ancient Welsh king Glendower.
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The complicated relationships and plot points are difficult to follow without the background from The Raven Boys. Even with the background, new characters appear: Blue comes from a family of women with psychic gifts, but her gift isn't "sight" itself but a talent for magnifying the pressence of magic around her-a significant contribution where finding the ley line is concerned.
Readers looking for answers won't find them in this book.
Readers who want a moody chill and appreciate an atmospheric turn of phrase keys hang from the ignition like "ripe fruit," a farm yard is populated with "deceased pick-up trucks" will want to spend more time in Henrietta. Could this be the reason that the mystical forest, Cabeswater, has inexplicably disappeared? Who is the mysterious Grey Man, and why is he searching for the Greywaren, a relic that enables its owner to steal objects from dreams?
How does this involve secretive Ronan? Visceral suspense builds as the characters pursue answers to these and other questions, and a palpable sense of foreboding and danger increasingly permeates the novel. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn more about Amazon Prime.
Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself. 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.
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