The Dream Thieves (The Raven Boys #2) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

Praise for THE DREAM THIEVES:

* "Richly written and filled with figurative language…this story of secrets and dreams, of brothers and of all-too-real magic is an absolute marvel of imagination and an irresistible invitation to wonder." --BOOKLIST, starred review

* "Mind-blowingly spectacular… Stiefvater's careful exploration of class and wealth and their limitations and opportunities astounds with its sensitivity and sophistication. The pace is electric, the prose marvelously sure-footed and strong, but it's the complicated characters…that meld magic and reality into an engrossing, believable whole." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

* "A paranormal thriller…this installment [is] more tense and foreboding than its predecessor–and every bit as gripping." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

* "A complex web of magical intrigue and heartstopping action." -- THE BULLETIN, starred review

* "Readers who want a moody chill and appreciate an atmospheric turn of phrase will want to spread more time in Henrietta." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
★ 10/01/2013
Gr 9 Up—Beginning the same summer in which The Raven Boys (Scholastic, 2012) ended, The Dream Thieves is a little less about Blue Sargent and more about Gansey. Richard Campbell Gansey III (don't call him Dick), Ronan, Adam, ghostly Noah, and Joseph Kavinsky are (or were) raven boys-students at posh Aglionby Academy in the small Virginia town of Henrietta. 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. The complicated relationships and plot points are difficult to follow without the background from The Raven Boys. Even with the background, new characters appear: the deadly (perhaps) Gray Man, Greenmantle, and the idea of a Greywaren. Blue comes from a family of women with psychic gifts, but her gift isn't "sight" itself but a talent for magnifying the presence 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. Purchase where the first book is popular, and suggest the series to fans of Holly Black's "Curse Workers" books (S & S) or to readers of grittier works such as Andrew Smith's The Marbury Lens (2010) and Passenger (2012, both Feiwel & Friends).—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
Publishers Weekly
Book two of Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle shifts from character-driven voyage of discovery to more of a paranormal thriller, ratcheting up the violence as the plot grows more complex. After the transformative events at Cabeswater in The Raven Boys, the context in which Gansey, Blue, Adam, Ronan, and Noah operate is further altered by the arrival of the Gray Man, a self-described hit man who replaces Barrington Whelk in providing occasional adult narrative perspective. The Gray Man brings with him the machinations of larger, previously unknown forces as he takes orders from a voice on the phone to hunt the Greywaren, the identity of which is revealed early on. But this book largely belongs to the loose cannon that is Ronan, as he works to better understand his supernatural abilities and their connection to his family. While Stiefvater’s offbeat, acutely observed characters continue to grow, they have shifted from developing a group interaction to reacting against one another, making this installment more tense and foreboding than its predecessor—and every bit as gripping. Ages 14–up. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Sept.)
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Praise for Maggie Stiefvater:

* "Stiefvater's novel, inspired by Manx, Irish, and Scottish legends of beautiful but deadly fairy horses that emerge from the sea each autumn, begins rivetingly and gets better and better . . . all the way, in fact, to best." -- HORN BOOK REVIEW, starred review

* "Masterful . . . like nothing else out there now." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

* "A study of courage and loyalty tested . . . utterly compelling." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

* "A book with cross-appeal to lovers of fantasy, horse stories, romance, and action-adventure, this seems to have a shot at being a YA blockbuster." -- BOOKLIST, starred review

* "Up--On the sea-battered and wind-swept isle of Thisby, fall brings the famed and feared capaill uisce, or water horses, and with them, death . . . The author takes great liberties with the Celtic myth, but the result is marvelous." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review

"Stiefvater not only steps out of the young adult fantasy box with THE SCORPIO RACES but crushes it with pounding hooves. . . . If THE SCORPIO RACES sounds like nothing you've ever read, that's because it is." -- THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

"Tactile world-building, an island full of compelling characters, and the budding romance between Sean and Puck all make for an unforgettable book that's quite unlike anything else out there." -- NPR BOOKS

"With this beautifully executed drama, Stiefvater has established herself as one of the finest YA novelists writing today." -- ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"Tense, atmospheric, and utterly original." -- PEOPLE MAGAZINE

"Book two of Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle shifts from character-driven voyage of discovery to more of a paranormal thriller, ratcheting up the violence as the plot grows more complex. After the transformative events at Cabeswater in The Raven Boys, the context in which Gansey, Blue, Adam, Ronan, and Noah operate is further altered by the arrival of the Gray Man, a self-described hit man who replaces Barrington Whelk in providing occasional adult narrative perspective. The Gray Man brings with him the machinations of larger, previously unknown forces as he takes orders from a voice on the phone to hunt the Greywaren, the identity of which is revealed early on. But this book largely belongs to the loose cannon that is Ronan, as he works to better understand his supernatural abilities and their connection to his family. While Stiefvater’s offbeat, acutely observed characters continue to grow, they have shifted from developing a group interaction to reacting against one another, making this installment more tense and foreboding than its predecessor—and every bit as gripping." - Publishers Weekly starred review

"In this continuation of The Raven Boys (2012), Printz Honor Book recipient Stiefvater continues the compelling story, keeping the focus once again on the Raven Boys themselves: privileged Gansey, tortured Adam, spectral Noah, and darkly dangerous Ronan. This time, though, their quest for the legendary sleeping Welsh King, Owen Glendower, takes a backseat to a spate of secrets, dreams, and nightmares that appear to be sapping the ley line— an invisible channel of energy connecting sacred places—that runs beneath their small Virginia town. 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 permeate the novel. Richly written and filled with figurative language (buildings are “tidy as library books;” a “murmur of guests” attend a party; a woman looks “fresh as a newscaster”), this story of secrets and dreams, of brothers and of all-too-real magic is an absolute marvel of imagination and an irresistible invitation to wonder." - Booklist starred review

"Beginning the same summer in which The Raven Boys (Scholastic, 2012) ended, The Dream Thieves is a little less about Blue Sargent and more about Gansey. Richard Campbell Gansey III (don’t call him Dick), Ronan, Adam, ghostly Noah, and Joseph Kavinsky are (or were) raven boys–students at posh Aglionby Academy in the small Virginia town of Henrietta. 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. The complicated relationships and plot points are difficult to follow without the background from The Raven Boys. Even with the background, new characters appear: the deadly (perhaps) Gray Man, Greenmantle, and the idea of a Greywaren. Blue comes from a family of women with psychic gifts, but her gift isn’t “sight” itself but a talent for magnifying the presence 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. Purchase where the first book is popular, and suggest the series to fans of Holly Black’s “Curse Workers” books (S & S) or to readers of grittier works such as Andrew Smith’s The Marbury Lens (2010) and Passenger (2012, both Feiwel & Friends)." - School Library Journal starred review

VOYA - Lisa A. Hazlett
Book two of The Raven Cycle series continues the story of Blue, her female family's only non-clairvoyant, and the eerie Raven Boys from Aglionby, the local private school. Affluent Gansey, ethereal Noah, anguished Adam, and brooding, troubled Ronan are still searching for Owen Glendower, a legendary sleeping Welsh king. They are depending upon a ley line, an invisible energy source, to locate him in Cabeswater, their mystical forest which has inexplicably disappeared, with the ley line's power fading. Soon the Gray Man, a hit man both mild and menacing, arrives, seeking the Greywaren, a relic enabling its owners to literally steal objects from their dreams. Ronan is somehow key to these events, with the story soon focusing on him as Glendower's search fades. Nearly consumed by his chilling dreams and nightmares, Ronan forces himself to use them for understanding and controlling his paranormal abilities. The individual characters become more defined by reacting against one another, as Ronan's dreams reveal often-shocking connections among them, the King's search, and his menacingly disturbing family, producing an increasingly tense and foreboding atmosphere. The plot is violent and complex, full of startling twists and turns, but humor and sarcasm provide balance. Moreover, the Gray Man's narratives add adult perspective, as does his surprising, reserved romance with Blue's mother. There is little backstory, creating confusion in places, and Ronan's dreams are too numerous and similar, becoming monotonously repetitive. Still, series fans will not be disappointed, especially as its ending is satisfyingly intricate and tantalizing. Reviewer: Lisa A. Hazlett
Kirkus Reviews
The second installment of Stiefvater's Raven Cycle is as mind-blowingly spectacular as the first. Now that the ley line near Henrietta, Va., has been woken, strange currents race through the town. There's too much electricity--or none at all. The four Raven Boys--Gansey, Adam, long-dead Noah and Ronan--continue to search for the grave of the Welsh king Glendower, but now Ronan is starting to pull objects out of his dreams. Small ones, like the keys to Gansey's Camaro, and larger, lethal nightmare creatures. But his greatest nightmare can't be grasped--how do you hold onto home? Not-quite-psychic Blue Sargent realizes that Gansey might really be her true love--and if she kisses him, he'll die--and meanwhile, her wholly psychic mother is dating the hit man come to steal Ronan. Stiefvater's careful exploration of class and wealth and their limitations and opportunities astounds with its sensitivity and sophistication. The pace is electric, the prose marvelously sure-footed and strong, but it's the complicated characters--particularly Ronan, violent, drunk, tender and tough--that meld magic and reality into an engrossing, believable whole. Remember this: Ronan never lies. How long until Book 3? (Fantasy. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545577175
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Series: Raven Boys Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 13,078
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the novels SHIVER, LINGER, FOREVER, and THE SCORPIO RACES. She is also the author of LAMENT: THE FAERIE QUEEN'S DECEPTION and BALLAD: A GATHERING OF FAERIE. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.
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  • Posted September 17, 2013

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    Spoilers if you haven't read The Raven Boys yet! Ten Likes/Disl

    Spoilers if you haven't read The Raven Boys yet!

    Ten Likes/Dislikes:

    1. (+) Ronan, the protagonist - I always thought Ronan was a really well done "bad" boy so to speak. His tortured past, his anger, his violence, his tough attitude, and his tenderness - all of this felt so very palpable, so very real to me in ways that other stereotypical presentations did not. As with Gansey, Ronan presents a facade to everyone else - that he doesn't care, that he doesn't need anyone. But he does. His pain and past are as skillfully explored and textured as the unveiling of his sexuality and the small acts of kindness that he'll perform. His emotional growth is sure-footed and astounding - from near-the-edge to fully fledged hero. If you were not a fan of Ronan in the first novel, you'll be sure to understand and empathize with him in this one.

    2. (+) World-building - Have you ever been curious about street racing? I have. On occasion, I hear drivers zooming on the street below, and I'll find drag marks the next day. What happens during those races? Well, Maggie Stiefvater not only makes that environment come alive but also the nightmarish dream environment that Ronan explores and the dreamy magic behind the powers of ley line and Cabeswater. I don't read a lot of magical realism, but Maggie Stiefvater makes me want to believe in magic, believe that magic is real with the world she's slowly building. Plus Stiefvater has introduced even more subtle details to highlight the opportunities that privilege offers - truly yet another wonderful exploration of class.

    3. (+) Romance - I don't think there's anyone else who can make me root for a romance that I know is doomed yet can't help but love. Ugh, I know that somewhere along the line, my heart is going to get broken. So there wasn't much romantic action in The Raven Boys. Does that change in The Dream Thieves? A little. And the slow-build? (!!!) I'm frustrated and in love with this portrayal all at once.

    4. (+) Character Cast - If I've read your review, you've undoubtedly gotten a comment from me on how the CHARACTERS make this series. How Maggie's made all of them so real by enhancing their character quirks - how Gansey rubs his thumb along his lips, how Adam stays quiet, how Blue scowls, how Ronan curses over and over, how Noah's got that smudge on his face, how Persephone speaks in that quiet little tone, how Calla practices air yoga while mocking the boys, etc. All of these quirks especially show in Will Patton's reading (of The Raven Boys), and I'm sure they'll show again in this audiobook - and that's what also makes the series unique: that it provides enough information for Patton to give accurate and wonderfully realistic depictions of the characters. The only other writer who made characters feel this real (for me) is J.K. Rowling. Even better, this book not only expands on old characters like those in Blue's and Gansey's families (Gansey's primarily to continue the class tension in the first novel.) but also introduces us to some more like those in Ronan's family.

    5. (+) Plot - This is Ronan's coming-of-age tale mixed with some of the series plots introduced in The Raven Boys. The main plot is his learning how to control his powers before X and X happens, and in order for that to happen, he's got to learn about himself and his family. The quest for Glendower, the problem of the ley line, and the ominous kiss prophecy for Blue are still there, but they get a lot less focus in this one.... yet in the end, Ronan's plot converges with the series plots in wonderfully unpredictable but beautiful ways. Again there's another open ending that'll leave you puzzled and frustrated but still eager for the next title, still eager to see how Maggie will complicate these plot threads even further.

    6. (+) Villains - I was slightly disappointed in the villains of The Raven Boys. They were very real people, but Barrington Whelk was so pathetic, I had a hard time taking him seriously and Neeve was too mysterious for me to understand (her danger). The villains in this book? One of them is so ridiculously charming that I honestly can't compute the violence that he/she commits with his/her personality. Psychopath? Potentially. And yet somehow I'm still rooting for him/her? The other was damaged and used to great effect to highlight Ronan's own character growth. A foil but a dangerous foil. A wacky foil who you'll never be able to predict.

    7. (+) Character Growth - The best part about this is that MOST of the characters grow in this novel even though it's primarily centered on Ronan. Adam, you remember what happened to him in the previous book? Well, he'll have to deal with the consequences. Gansey, you remember how Blue compares the vision of him at the beginning to how he seems at the end? Well, his facade is starting to crack. Blue, you remember how she wasn't quite sure of her place until she joined the boys? Well, that's even more evident now. Ronan will obviously have to deal with the problems his power presents... and the other characters? Maybe they don't grow so much as you learn more of their secrets. And my, what complex people they all are.

    8. (+) Writing - Oh, how I love Maggie Stiefvater's writing. This woman is so talented. She can go from humorous to sweet to tragic in one scene. And always I shall repeat: no one can create as atmospheric of a mood as she can. Here's an example of the kind of scene she can set: "At that particular moment in time, Richard Campbell Gansey III was ninety-two miles away from his beloved car. He stood in the sun-soaked driveway of the Ganseys' Washington D.C. mansion, wearing a furiously red tie and a suit made of tasteful pinstripe and regal swagger. Beside him stood Adam, his strange and beautiful face pale above the slender dark of his own suit. Tailored by the same clever Italian man who did Gansey's shirts, the suit was Adam's silken armor for the night ahead. It was the most expensive thing he had ever owned, a month's wages translated into worsted wool. The air was humid with teriyaki and Carbernet Sauvignon and premium-grade fuel. Somewhere, a violin sang with vicious victory. It was impossibly hot" (255).

    9. (+/-) Pacing - As I've said before, I do find character-driven stories to be paced slightly slower than others, and I think my perception of The Dream Thieves and its pacing was also affected by my preference for the plot in the first book. I just wasn't as captivated and it seemed the pacing was slow in the beginning -- probably for that reason, for that personal preference.

    10. (+) The Cover - I still prefer the one for The Raven Boys, but having read The Dream Thieves, this one is so utterly appropriate that I cannot complain.

    (For those curious -- why I didn't like this one as much as The Raven Boys. This, I believe, is all personal preference. This book is executed wonderfully, but I'm more of a sucker for the tension that drove the beginning of The Raven Boys. And also a sucker for the quest plot vs. the harness-your-power plot.)

    Maggie Stiefvater has produced a sequel full of her usual charm and wit, beautiful writing and realistic characters--a sequel full of magic that's sure to enchant readers of all ages. Highly recommended. I can't wait to read the next book!

    PS - For those of you who have read The Dream Thieves, there's a wonderful discussion thread on Wendy Darling's Goodreads review. It made me realize that I'd missed some of the nuances in this story. So much fun to guess what'll happen in the future books.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2014

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    I would like to thank NetGalley and Scholastic Press for grantin

    I would like to thank NetGalley and Scholastic Press for granting me the chance to read this eARC in exchange for an honest review. Though I received the e-book for free that in no way influenced this review. 


    <blockquote> 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...</blockquote>


    The Dream Thieves picks up where The Raven Boys left off, with the mystery of Glendower and Cabeswater looming large in everyone's mind. Then there is Ronan's secret ability to take things from his dreams into his waking life, as he did with his pet raven, Chainsaw. And of course Blue's secret prophecy, which leaves her afraid to fall in love. This book is really all about secrets:

    <blockquote>“A secret is a strange thing.


    There are three kinds of secrets. One is the sort everyone knows about, the sort you need at least two people for. One to keep it. One to never know. 


    The second is a harder kind of secret: one you keep from yourself. Every day, thousands of confessions are kept from their would-be confessors, none of these people knowing that their never-admitted secrets all boil down to the same three words: <em>I am afraid.</em>

     
    And then there is the third kind of secret, the most hidden kind. A secret no one knows about. Perhaps it was known once, but was taken to the grave. Or maybe it is a useless mystery, arcane and lonely, unfound because no one ever looked for it.


    Sometimes, some rare times, a secret stays undiscovered because it is something too big for the mind to hold. It is too strange, too vast, too terrifying to contemplate.


    All of us have secrets in our lives. We’re keepers or keptfrom, players or played. Secrets and cockroaches — that’s what will be left at the end of it all.”</blockquote>

     


    Blue is still struggling with the combination of her vision of Gansey on the Corpse Road and her lifelong prophecy whose future had been told multiple times, each time it said she would kill her true love if she tried to kiss him. Moreover, it had been foretold this was the year she’d fall in love. She had confessed part of the prophecy to Gansey, but nothing about seeing him on the Corpse Road and how that meant he would be dead within the year. Instead she lets Adam court her even though she won't tell him why she won't kiss him. Yet it isn't as cruel as it sounds, for she is trying to convince herself that she could, or does, love Adam - not so that she can kill him and spare Gansey, but to negate the image she had in Cabeswater of Gansey dying. 

    Gansey is still struggling to be everything for everyone. It has gotten so that he is afraid to open his mouth around his friends, but specifically Adam, for it seems that his words become weapons he can't control. No matter how good Gansey's intentions are, Adam always finds a way to twist what he said into something humiliating and painful, somehow condescending. Even though poor Gansey is simply using the language he was raised with, Adam always finds a way to make it belittling. 

    Adam is so wrapped up in his own past that he can't, or won't, see how badly he hurts Gansey with his anger. And Gansey being there when Adam finally is forced to move out of the trailer due to the severity of his father's beatings seals that animosity into Adam nice and snug, so that he'll likely never be able to separate Gansey from the whole mortifying scene. His shame over missing his only home and his mother doesn't help either. All of these things combine to make him desperately want to find Glendower first; because as far as he's concerned no one has more need for, maybe even right to, Glendower's gift.

    Noah plays a smaller role in this book, most likely because his body was finally found and laid to rest. And though the others dug his bones up later that evening, re-burying them at a church that sits directly above the ley line, he no longer has the kind of power he once had.  

    Ronan begins experimenting more and more often with bringing things out of his dreams, with mixed results. While he is able to produce interesting things sometimes his nightmare creatures try to escape. And then one night they do escape, though Ronan and Gansey kill one, it turns out the other got loose and could be anywhere. The big problem with that is that it will remain on the loose until they either find it and kill it or Ronan dies, putting it into suspended sleep, just like everything back at their family home, the &quot;Barns,&quot; including their mother. 

    Ronan's brother Declan gets beat up by someone looking for the Greywaren, which he claims to have no knowledge of. Yet Declan knows that Ronan is the Greywaren. Ronan discovers that Joseph Kavinsky is also a Greywaren, or so he thinks since Joseph can also bring things out of his dreams.


    <blockquote>Joseph Kavinsky, fellow Aglionby Academy student and Henrietta’s most notorious recreational forger. Kavinsky’s infamous Mitsubishi Evo was a thing of boyish beauty, moon-white with a voracious black mouth of a grill and an immense splattered graphic of a knife on either side of the body.</blockquote>



    Kavinsky's ever-present sidekick Prokopenko turns out to be like Ronan's mother, a being Kavinsky brought out of his dreams, just like his Mitsubishi. Kavinsky shows Ronan his field of hundreds of Mitusbishis, all in varying states. . . His practice cars until he got it right and could dream them out accurately. He teaches Ronan how to become more effective at bringing things out of his dreams. But Kavinsky has an ulterior motive, for it turns out he thinks he's in love with Ronan, and goes ballistic when Ronan still chooses Gansey and Adam over him.

    To further complicate things there is Mr. Gray - a hit man sent in search of the Greywaren, not realizing that it is a person rather than a thing. And while he is busy investigating her and Blue's mom Maura fall in love. Once Mr. Grey learns the truth will he turn Gansey over to the man who hired him, or will he turn rogue?

    At the end of the first book Adam had sacrificed himself to Cabeswater to be its eyes and ears, but no one really knew what that meant. At least no one who would say anything about it just now. But it was a safe bet that at least one of the women from 300 Fox Way knew exactly what it meant.

    Adam carries a huge chip on his shoulder, angry about all the injustices he perceives around him - all the other Aglionby boys &amp; their wealth that they'd done nothing to earn, yet it automatically made them better than everyone. Coming from a home life like his and seeing Gansey's - and for all Gansey complained it was clear that the family cared about one another - as demonstrated the night Adam went missing from the Gansey place in VA. They all stayed, cancelled plans, and helped search until Adam was found - they received a call from strangers asking if they knew Adam. They'd found him on the side of the interstate &amp; no one was stopping, initially thought he might have been dead. He'd been in a trance of some sort, with no memory of what had happened or how he got 15 miles away on foot. 

    Each character undergoes some sort of personal crisis that leads to an epiphany of sorts, with the crisises being varying levels of danger. They all mature throughout the novel, even though the actual amount of time that passes is relatively brief. Cliff hanger of an ending, which could easily lead to the one thing Blue wants to avoid at all costs - kissing Gansey, thereby killing her first true love.

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

    Maggie Stiefvater never ceases to surprise me with the depth and

    Maggie Stiefvater never ceases to surprise me with the depth and brilliance of her storytelling. This second Raven Boys book, focused on Ronan, is just as good--maybe even better--than the first. I love the way she weaves her words together to create something truly powerful, yet beautiful to read. The romance between Gansey and Blue . . . the introduction of the fascinating Gray Man . . . the roller coaster ride of action and emotion. . . everything comes together to create a stellar book 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    The boys are back and they are amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Read page 365+366 ig is adorible Read pages 365+366


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  • Posted November 16, 2013

    *Copy provided by Netgalley for an unbiased review.* I listened

    *Copy provided by Netgalley for an unbiased review.*

    I listened to the first book in this series, The Raven Boys, as an audiobook (it's beautifully read by Will Patton, by the way). I read this second book in the series as an eBook. I enjoyed both of these books, although I'm certainly not in the YA age group. Interesting stories, interesting to watch the protagonists mature a bit in this second book in the series and learn their secrets and what's made them who (and what) they are. There are new obstacles for them to overcome in the quest that was outlined in The Raven Boys. And of course their quest remains to be completed in subsequent books (it's set to be a 4-book series). Maggie Steifvater has a lovely, at times lyrical, use of language. I look forward to books 3 &amp; 4. And I'll look for them in audio form, assuming Will Patton is the reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    It was good

    I enjoyed this book very much, but I just wish there was more of Gansey and his connection with Glendower!

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

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    The Dream Thieves is the much awaited sequel to The Raven Boys,

    The Dream Thieves is the much awaited sequel to The Raven Boys, one of my favorite debut novels of 2012, as well as one of my all time favorite books. While The Dream Thieves did not reach the level of love I have for The Raven Boys, it was still a pretty darn good book. The Dream Thieves blew my mind so many times that I tried to stop being surprised and shocked every time but I failed. I know many readers doubt Stiefvater's story telling because of the overly romantic The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, however The Raven Cycle series barely has romance and that allowed the author, and the readers, to really hone in on the amazingness of this plot. Unfortunately for me, The Dream Thieves focuses mostly on Ronan, one of Gansey's friends, if not the closest one. I personally had nothing against Ronan but through my one year wait all I could think about is that I'll finally get back into Gansey's head because of his fascinating way of thinking, as well as his budding... ok fine.. barely there, romance with Blue. After my initial disappointment, I can't lie, I was disappointed, I was quickly immersed in Ronan's story. Initially everything was confusing because I didn't remember everything from The Raven Boys but Ronan's story in itself is screwed up in the best way so I went along with it. In all honesty, the word beautiful disaster describes this whole series perfectly. Ronan had a fantastic inner voice; I did wonder, when I was reading The Raven Boys, about him and I'm glad that I did end up finding out so much about his history, secrets, and his &quot;abilities&quot;, for lack of a better word. I still love the relationship between him and Gansey, as well as how tense it is with Adam. I just never understood how Gansey could be so forgiving of Adam (if you've read The Raven Boys, you'll understand what I mean), and was glad that not everything was swiped under the carpet, the way Gansey does it to try and keep the peace between them. To not get confused, this book isn't only told from Ronan's POV; It is the type of book with many alternative POVs. We see chapters dedicated to Gansey (yeay!), Blue, some new characters we meet, as well as Adam. Blue and Gansey… I ship those two so unbelievably hard… I know most of you are wondering about this relationship and all I am saying is that it does progress.. but in the slowest possible way. I do enjoy a bit of romance in my non contemporary books, but not when it is the prevailing plot. I like that Stiefvater did a 180 degree flip with this series because you can definitely see the difference from The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. All I can say is that the concept, the writing, and the progression of plot for The Dream Thieves was as brilliant as it was in The Raven Boys. Heck, I probably didn't understand everything that went on in The Dream Thieves but I loved every single minute of it. Readers who are looking for stories that keep you on the edge, as well as always feeling like you're two steps behind, i.e: never a dull moment, should definitely pick up this series and read both The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves. 

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  • Posted October 5, 2013

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    why is this book 19 $ ?!?

    why is this book 19 $ ?!?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Epic Tale

    I love how complex the characters are in this book. Especially Ronan. I feel like his character really developed in this book and I think Kavinsky really helped him with that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Really good

    Really good

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  • Posted June 16, 2014

    The first thing I did after finishing The Raven Boys? I made a t

    The first thing I did after finishing The Raven Boys? I made a trip to the nearest bookstore to pick up The Dream Thieves, of course! The Raven Cycle is a very special series, one that I'm still kicking myself for waiting so long to read. And importantly, The Dream Thieves lived up to my (very high) expectations for a sequel to that fantastic read.




    Reasons to Read:




    1. A seamless sequel:




    The Dream Thieves is a great example of a perfect transition from the first book to its sequel. The transition here was so fluid, it truly felt like a continuation of the same story. The Raven Boys was a very strong start to a series and The Dream Thieves simply builds on that foundation. The plot, world, and the characters are further developed and as a result, the reader is completely immersed in the story.




    2. Particular attention is paid to Ronan:




    Ronan Lynch was introduced as one of the Raven Boys in the first book, but he was more of a background character. The Dream Thieves pays a significant amount of attention to both Ronan's back story and his present struggles. I appreciated the fact that characters aside from Blue and Gansey are given the attention they deserve and treated like people rather than plot devices and Ronan is a perfect example of this in The Dream Thieves.




    3. One of the most romantic scenes ever:




    Romance isn't a must-have for me in a book, but I appreciate a great love story as much as any other reader! The love story in The Raven Cycle hasn't been at all what I expected prior to starting the series, but I'm so pleased with it. For readers who love gradual, swoon-worthy love stories with ever-mounting tension The Dream Thieves captures this story flawlessly. 




    Admittedly, there were a couple subplots which I had a harder time trying to fit into the overall story (such as The Gray Man and Kavinsky) which felt somewhat out of place and forced compared to the remainder of the book. That being said, this was fairly minor for me and didn't detract from my overall reading experience.




    I love the magic in this series, and I was absolutely blown away by how great of a sequel The Dream Thieves is compared to The Raven Boys as an introduction to The Raven Cycle. Maggie Stiefvater's writing is magical in and of itself, but the world she created here is incredibly intoxicating!




    Hardcover personally purchased.

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  • Posted May 15, 2014

    I think this is my favorite Maggie Stiefvater book. It has every

    I think this is my favorite Maggie Stiefvater book. It has everything an amazing read should have - great characters, dialogue, story, pace etc. There is plenty of happiness but probably as much sadness. There is drugs, and alcohol but I didn't have a problem with them in the story the way that they are presented. I couldn't put it down and read for a few days straight. Looking forward to the third book in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    Med cat den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    The short version: I want the third book a week ago, please. Th

    The short version: I want the third book a week ago, please.

    The long version: Apart from the characters (whom I loved from book one), my favorite thing about this book was the way the author says things. She uses language in vivid, unexpected, and often startlingly humorous ways I don’t frequently see and would rarely (if ever) think up on my own. Some small percentage of the time, her choices of phrasing and/or analogy may not quite work for me, but on the whole, I ate it up. There’s a matter-of-factness about it, never mind what an extraordinary thing has just been said. She makes everyday things poetry, and incredible things bluntly simplistic. There’s beauty in the balance. Not always altogether logical, or logical in a way you can’t quite grasp, but somehow pleasing nonetheless.

    If you’re looking for votes on whether this read this book, you’ve got a “yes” from me. I don’t even think it’s wholly necessary for you to have read book one first (months enough had passed between my reading of each that I’d largely forgotten the details from the series opener), though obviously I liked that book, too, so there’s another “yes” vote for you; I’m just saying, it can work on its own.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

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    Oh. Boys. To be specific: two rich boys, one magical and the oth

    Oh. Boys. To be specific: two rich boys, one magical and the other almost normal except for that whole fabulous wealth thing, and one poor boy with neither money nor magic. Toss in a ghost boy, Noah, and the main female character, Blue who barely bother to show up for the story.

    My issue with the first book in the series was that it took forever for the world to be set-up; this book felt like character pre-writing for Ronan, who stole most of the show. I don't care for Ronan - I want to witch-slap all the boys, but him especially.

    Then, add cars. Because that's just what the story needs to enliven it. A rich, magical boy drag racing and wasting fossil fuel because...??

    Yeah, I didn't get it either. It bored the crap out of me.

    When are we getting back to the ley line? How goes the hunt for old Glendower? I wouldn't know - it's all in the background, being set up for a third book while not being addressed here.

    Ronan also picks up a drug-addicted friend in this book and the two of them sit around popping pills for a while. Pages and pages of pill-popping countered only by a couple meager paragraphs implying that this might not be cool with a couple of the other characters (Gansey and Blue). There's no strong message telling kids not to do this - in fact, the story implies that popping pills is the best way for Ronan to learn. I suppose this is a realistic with what's out there in the world but I don't like the message. Which is weird, since I oppose the laws making most drugs illegal (as it turns doctors into racketeers and creates more criminals) but maybe this will be redeemed in the third book. Maybe we'll see Ronan forced into rehab but I doubt it - in fact, his life (and the lives of those around him) probably won't be screwed up at all from pill-popping because he's a special magical rich kid.

    Besides, Ronan in rehab isn't what I want to imagine when I close a book and try to visualize what-happens-next. I requested an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley because I enjoyed the first book in the series but I was very disappointed in this book.

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  • Posted November 3, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Wow

    OMG, just what the...wow, I was contemplating 4 to 5 stars. Near the end there, it made me go, that's like this is so 5 stars. I loved the first book, having heard of the author's wolf series. But thought to read this series first. I was very happy to see Blue and the boys again and her family. So looks like this one focuses on the 5 again, but mostly Ronon. And boy does it. Moments where I was like, just what's going on? And now I'm confused and so forth. And a moment or two where I'm like, no why would you do that? Well it had to be done now didn't it? But was still a little sad about it. Or disappointed? And damn it, another cliffhanger. Good thing I didn't have to wait for this one. But now have to wait for the third. What the fudge? Love the cover but would have liked it better with just the ravens like the first book had you know? It's not bad or anything but looks like a lot is going on you know? Still eye catching know. Really liking the series so far, its characters, writing style and the pace, not to mention the bromance with these four and of course Blue as she tags along right beside them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Love blue and the boys

    I don't know what it is about this series, but its so captivating. The characters are so unique and vividly drawn out for the reader it helps build interest. I love how all the characters are flawed and a little rough around the edges. Its a pretty easy read, recommend it to all ages.

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  • Posted October 30, 2013

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    In Henrietta, magic is real. And I want to go there!

    Magic is real. Or so The Dream Thieves would lead you to believe.

    If there's one thing Stiefvater excels in, it's writing a story that makes the magic in it feel completely possible---one where dreams are real, ley lines are woken and sleeping kings can be found. And this is why I love this series. Because there's whimsy surrounding everything in it, even if it is a little dark. With each turn of the page, we're driven deeper into the quest that ensnares Blue and her Aglionby boys. The story Stiefvater tells is one that's wrought with emotion and depth. She weaves this complex net of backstory with so many unexpected twists and turns. There's not a predictable moment in sight. Even the things you think you know are coming, still come as a surprise. She is masterful at creating atmosphere. Every page is rich with intricate detail and the deeper you go down the rabbit hole, the more entangled you become. I am trapped in this world in Henrietta and I never want to leave. But as much as I love the world Stiefvater built, I love the characters even more. Each one is tragically beautiful in their own way. They are truly one-of-a-kind, and not in the trying too hard to be one-of-a-kind either. They are naturally, effortlessly unique which just adds to the haunting atmosphere. Even Henrietta is a character in and of itself. Blue is quirky. Gansey, the old soul. Adam, the troubled nice boy. Noah is a little less smudgey and a whole lot more. And then there's Ronan. The dream thief. I love angry, onry Ronan and am pleased that we get to see exactly why he is the way he is. We're also introduced to a slew of new folks in The Dream Thieves, Mr. Gray being my favourite among them. He's calculating and clinical and never loses his sense of self, despite the revelations that come to him. There are so many reasons to love each and every one of these characters, including the horrifically intriguing Kavinsky. Like Blue with her Raven Boys, with each passing page, I fall a little bit more in love with them. Where I'd say The Raven Boys was in large part a legendary journey, The Dream Thieves is much more a book of discovery. We discover who and what Ronan is. We discover the changes that have occurred to the group at large after waking the ley line. We discover new parts of and people in Henrietta. We discover a whole new world, a world of nightmares. We discover what first kisses feel like and we discover what dreams are really made of. Everything in Henrietta has irrevocably changed since Book #1 and I can't wait to see where the journey takes us. Even though there are still so many unanswered questions by the end of this book, there's one thing I am absolutely certain of: Magic is real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Beautiful, exquisite and engaging

    Another brilliant installment. This one focuses more on Adam and Ronan. Ronan's talents hav drawn the attention of someone who wants him captured.

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