The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle Series #2)

The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle Series #2)

by Maggie Stiefvater
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The Dream Thieves (The Raven Boys #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
ChristinaReadsYA More than 1 year ago
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.
ShannonODonnell More than 1 year ago
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.
Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
*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 & 4. And I'll look for them in audio form, assuming Will Patton is the reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much, but I just wish there was more of Gansey and his connection with Glendower!
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
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 "abilities", 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. 
FayTannerr 26 days ago
I really loved The Dream Thieves! It was a fun, magical and captivating novel. The Dream Thieves continues Gansey's, Ronan's, Adam's, Noah's and Blue's quest to search for the Raven King. Ronan is learning more about his dreams while some sinister people are looking for something magical in Henrietta too. Maggie Stiefvater's writing is amazing and beautiful. She draws you in from the very beginning and till the very end. The plot, the twist, the mystery, the intrigue and the characters and were just amazing!! I really liked seeing more of Maura, Persephone and Calla. And getting to know more Ronan's life and Gansey's family! It's needless to say that I love The Raven Cycle and am looking forward to see how everything plays out!!
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Amy_Jo More than 1 year ago
The plot didn't grab me, but I would read anything, ANYTHING with these characters in it. Ronan is everything, that is all. Highly recommend this series.
Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
These books so are good... If you are doubting yourself about this series just stop and go read it. I loved the new character and i love the character development. I don't love that it did end on a cliff hanger, I loved the book so much I can deal with it. Such an original series.
Charlotte_R More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book, but somehow I loved this one even more. Ronan's pov is incredibly addicting. Stiefvater writes him so well that you can feel his intoxicating adrenaline through every word you read. His head is a glorious, thorny place to travel through and I'm incredibly glad she shares it with us. This book is full of twists and turns and things you don't see coming and a world made broader than originally thought possible. There's insane depths to these characters and things easily missed at face value. There's so much going on and pieces that fall together with the more pages you turn and its just. so very well done. My favorite thing about Stiefvater is that she never does what you expect. She goes the unorthodox route and it's amazing. Cannot wait to finish this series.
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Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her Raven Boys.” In one word, I will proceed to describe this BEAUTIFUL MONSTROSITY of a book: AAAAAAAHHHHHH. Like I said in my review of The Raven Boys, I had COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN how amazing this series was, the eccentricities and personalities of each of the characters since when I read it three years ago, and reading The Dream Thieves consecutively after was SUCH A LITTLE TREAT, and I need more. The Dream Thieves picks up a little time after when The Raven Boys ends, with the boys and Blue trying to find Glendower, and dealing with *spoiler alert* Adam sacrificing himself willingly to wake the ley line up and figuring out the repercussions, and Ronan trying to manage the monsters in his dreams, and trying not to bring them back to real life. While this book is slightly more angst-y, here are some of the things I LOVE: 1. MAURA SARGENT AND THE GRAY MAN: I didn’t really care for Blue’s mother in the first book (not because she was a BAD character, but because she didn’t really have much of a purpose in book one) but with the Gray Man in the picture (no spoilers on who he is. PFFT to all you people that love spoilers.) IT WAS THE CUTEST THING EVER, and the two of them pretty much overtook all my shipping capabilities! 2. RONAN LYNCH: I knew from book one that this BROKEN boy would undoubtedly be my favourite character in the series, and I LOVED HIM SO MUCH IN THIS BOOK, I just wanted to reach in (like the book was one of his dreams) and hug him close. (He probably wouldn’t have appreciated it much, but HEY.) Ronan’s powers, coming to terms with them, learning to use them and understanding that with great responsibility comes with his power was so BEAUTIFULLY done, I give Steifvater a standing ovation. 3. THE PLOT: I don’t think there’s a better way to combine magic and reality and complex characters that what Maggie Steifvater has done in The Raven Cycle. I ADORE that there is so much mysticism and magic and love and friendship and pride in the air, combined with a quest and the supernatural. It is the perfect blend of our dry realities and all the unseen everyday magic and I LOVE IT. Things that I didn’t love ALL that much: 1. THE ANGST: Unfortunately, there was a TON of angst and self-loathing and UGH SO MUCH PAIN in this book, that it felt a tad overdone (?) and I would have REALLY preferred more of the ACTUAL QUEST over all the ANGST, but I will take in it stride nevertheless. I’m going to sit here and slowly die until I get my hands on Blue Lily, Lily Blue, but I CANNOT recommend (throw in your face) this series more. A Magic Filled, Dream Like Masterpiece that will have you questioning the existence of your reality!
Lylias More than 1 year ago
L.O.V.E. This one is my favorite so far.
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jcsbookhaven More than 1 year ago
The Good While the first book was an introduction into the characters and purpose behind the story, I felt like The Dream Thieves was Ronan's deeper look as his adventures are in the forefront of this one. Don't get me wrong, all the characters get a chance to shine, but the basis of the story this time is about Ronan's extraordinary power to take things from his dreams. This concept was a very fun one to explore and made me think about how hard it is to even remember what I dream. In addition to the characters that had already captivated me in the first book, we are introduced to a few new ones. The Gray Man was the one that had me the most curious. Obviously with this name, I'm assuming he's going to be that 'not all bad - not all good', in all the gray areas character and he didn't disappoint. You really can't predict his moves. While the plot reveals a lot of answers to previous questions that came up, there are definitely more questions popping up all over the place along with those answers. There is a good mix of twists and turns, and also just flat out mysteriousness. The pacing was well done. While not outright action packed, there was enough character gratifying moments to keep everything moving well. I'm enjoying the way it's written more now as well. Stiefvater's voice is definitely different and I have problems with her jumping around every now and then, but I'm fully into the series now and am not only used to it but also enjoy the graceful, mystical quality it adds to the book. She also says that time is circular. The Bad I'm a big fan of Ronan's, but if he is not one of your favorites you may miss time with some of the other characters. There were a ton of parts with The Gray Man and Kavinsky which is also a new character and I wish they would've had a little less page time as I felt Blue and Gansey were not near as present as I would've liked. The Romance Blue gets a kiss. Blue's mom gets a kiss. Adam is disappointed. Blue is disappointed. There is just some kissing, pretend kissing, and disappointment with the romance in this one. Conclusion A wonderful follow up to The Raven Boys. While the second book in a series isn't usually a strong one, this was a great place for the series to go after the initial introduction. I enjoyed the characters, felt closer to them, watched them grow, and saw some new characters added to the mix. I thought the pacing was well done and am enjoying the concept with the mysterious and magical aspects it includes. Recommended. *Originally given 4 1/2 stars at JC's Book Haven
RBlodgett More than 1 year ago
Ante. I'm not sure I really need to say anything more but here goes. Better than The Raven Boys - BEST prologue ever (so far, maybe always). Talk about getting into everyone's skin even more - yes we did - hell of a ride. One of my favorite lines/visuals: "Then Maura made something with butter and Calla made something with bacon and Blue steamed broccoli in self-defense." Stuff like this is makes me love the writing. Brilliant. Haven't started the series? What are you waiting for? Next book Blue Lily, Lily Blue - favorite title of a book (so far, maybe always).
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ShopeSS More than 1 year ago
What the what?! The quest for Glendower and the characters involved in the search are growing as the story progresses. Not only is the plot of the story ever evolving but Maggie’s way of writing takes this series to a whole different level. I wonder what secrets will be revealed and where the quest for Glendower will take us next!
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TheBook-Nook More than 1 year ago
With beautiful writing and a lovable cast of main characters, The Dream Thieves is a captivating sequel. I'm starting to (really) regret my lukewarm review of the first book. I was worried that my tbr was backed up, and tried to power through The Raven Boys, but it's just not the kind of book you should speed read. I stand by some of the criticisms I had, but I don't think I would've cared as much if I hadn't been trying to hurry through the book. Because while the plot could've been a little tighter in The Dream Thieves, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Once again I have to gush over Maggie Stiefvater's writing. It's so beautiful, and as a writer myself I have so much love for her unique voice. Stiefvater does this thing where she inserts little snippets throughout the book that give you extra insights to the characters. Yet they never slow down the pacing of the book as you think they might. The dialogue, funny and detailed, is great too. I highlighted so many passages like this one: ​ “So what you're saying is you can't explain it." "I did explain it." "No, you used nouns and verbs together in a pleasing but illogical format.” Though I have some minor plot complaints: ​ - I wasn't quite sure that the big climactic story line involving Kavinsky worked for me, because his character didn't seem very important and then suddenly he was a big deal. - The Maura/Gray Man story line was just...weird. I can't go into it because, spoilers, but I wasn't sure if the book was trying to be funny or ironic or what. I was mostly just confused (seriously, can someone explain this to me?). Beyond this, I really didn't have any problems with this book. So I'm not going to spend too much time harping on these. Moving on, this book's strongest aspect is by far Blue and her Raven Boys, who really jump off the pages this time around. Complicated, funny, and their loyalty to each other is so touching. Again, it's Stiefvater's amazing writing that does so much to bring these characters to life. I recently got my copy of Blue Lily, Lily Blue. It will most likely be the first book I read in 2016. I can't wait. I just can't. Please Maggie Stiefvater, enchant me again with your beautiful writing. Review from myblog: http://thebook-nook.weebly.com/home/the-dream-thieves-by-maggie-stiefvater
AsDreamsAreMade More than 1 year ago
Original Review Link: http://asdreamsaremade.com/2015/10/book-tuesday-the-dream-thieves/ This series. Oh man this series. I just can’t decide how I feel about it! On the one hand it’s really boring and slow moving and on the other I can’t stop reading it! The story picks up right where The Raven Boys left off. We find out about Ronan and his dream stealing abilities while Adam struggles with what his sacrifice to Cabeswater has done to him. Blue and Gansey struggle with their feelings for one another and not wanting to hurt Adam in the process. All while some new characters are introduced that turn their world completely upside down. I think, once again, what kept me reading this time around were the characters. Although some of them annoyed me. I LOVED Adam in the last book. Like really loved him. For the majority of this one however, he was particularly moody, distant, and not very nice–not like the Adam we all know and love! Granted, he was struggling with what Cabeswater had done to him, but I felt that I lost something that made him loveable. He seems to have a bit of a redemption toward the end and I’m curious to see how it affects him in the future. Gansey. Gansey seemed a bit blah to me in this book. It really wasn’t his story, but he seemed out of his element. Essentially, he was reacting to everything changing around him. His changing feelings for Blue made him seem a bit more human rather than this elusive creature that he’s originally painted out to be. Blue, in contrast, seemed a bit immature in this book. She had a touch of it in the previous one, but I felt it became more pronounced in this one. Ronan saved the day for me in this one. His storyline was AWESOME. I knew there was more to him than we saw in The Raven Boys and we definitely see it in this one. His relationship with his family is deeply explored and doesn’t leave us wanting. I loved the mysteries behind his father–and NO I won’t say anything to spoil it for you, but oh the feels. THE GREY MAN. Hands down my new favorite character. LOVED him. What’s so great about him is we really don’t know all that much about him and even at the end, we find out very little. He’s an enigma that has yet to be solved. Kavinsky made a nice counterpart to Ronan. He was cray-cray, but you can sort of understand why–sort of. Because of this though, you never knew what he was going to do next. Nothing was off the table for him which made his scenes extremely charged. The ending leaves us with another cliff hanger and I just don’t know what to do with this! I’d like to see what happens next, but I don’t know if I can get through another slow beginning. This series seems to be full of them and just picks up in the last few chapters or so. I think I need a bit of a break and then try and return to it because I really do love these characters. I’m invested in them now, but I just don’t have the time to waste at the moment.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Everything changed for Blue, Gansey, Ronan and Adam before they ever found Cabeswater. Things changed for Noah long before that. Now that the ley lines have awakened even more changes are coming to the small town of Henrietta. There will certainly be more moments of wonder; maybe even things coming close to magic. But darker things are also being drawn to the power of the lines. Ronan always knew that his family was different. He always knew that his dreams were different. Ronan always knew that, in some fundamental ways, he was different. It wasn't, after all, everyone who had a pet raven named Chainsaw. Nor was it everyone who acquired such a pet from his own dreams. As Gansey's search for Glendower and Cabeswater continues it soon becomes clear that Ronan's dreams are at the center of their latest puzzle. But with so many people searching and grasping for pieces of Cabeswater, it's unclear how much will have to be lost before the next piece of the puzzle will be found in The Dream Thieves (2013) by Maggie Stiefvater. The Dream Thieves is the second book in Stiefvater's Raven Boys quartet. This book picks up closely after the conclusion of book one, The Raven Boys. While both books are delightful on their own, it's unlikely readers new to the series will be able to catch up without reading the first installment. This book focuses much more on Ronan even as Stiefvater continues to delve into the mysteries surrounding Glendower and Gansey's search. Blue and Gansey have their moments, of course, but it was a pleasant surprise to have the book focus so much on Ronan. (Even more of a surprise to realize how very likable he is as a character.) Stiefvater's writing is top-notch as this series continues. The focus on Ronan's dreams and a new secondary character takes the story in a new direction while Stiefvater's beautiful prose and familiar characters continue to deliver everything readers will remember with fondness from The Raven Boys. The Dream Thieves is a perfect blend of skillful storytelling and suspense as tension builds until the final confrontations in the story. Being the second book in a series of four, there are (of course) several questions left by the end of the story including a very surprising ending. That said, Stiefvater delivers everything fans will hope for and expect from her in this novel along with a story that is certain to resonate with readers. *This book was acquired for review from the publisher at BEA 2013*
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