The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie St
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…(Goodreads)
This book is the sequel to the fabulous, fantastic, awesomely rad (oh, I went 80’s on you. Yeah), The Raven Boys. This is a tough book to review without getting super-spoilery though, so I’m going to keep the chatter to a minimum.
What an incredible world Stiefvater has created here, balancing between the normal (Swoony boys! Crushes! Embarrassing family!) with the outright crazy (I’m still not entirely sure what a let line is. There. I said it), supported by amazing characters, full of pain and depth, surprisingly real even though they’re living through experiences you and I never will. And reading this I felt so absorbed, so completely immersed, I never wanted it to end.
In this book there is a much greater focus on Ronan, a character who was deeply mysterious in book one. Ronan has an incredible power barely hinted at in the last book. Do you remember it? Spoiler alert: he can pull things from his dreams. It’s a strange gift that can be viewed as both a blessing and a curse, both exhilarating and terrifying, an amazing ability but it’s partnered with other terrifying issues (creepy bird men monsters that try to kill him. Word to the wise: The word creepy doesn’t even do them justice). There’s alot going on with the boys and Blue individually, the struggles they have, the lots they’ve each been given in life, and yet they all intersect, each person a unique part of the whole. I still felt for Adam, I ached for Noah, and I crushed on Gansey. But the star of the show by far here was Ronan.
As always, Stiefvater’s prose is gorgeous, lush and somewhat dark. This is the perfect sequel, one that pushes us deeper into this incredibly strange world, moves the story forward but still totally and completely leaves you hanging in the end. I cannot wait for the next book.
Crush Intensity: 4.5/5 This book was truly awesome. I love this series. I love the characters.
Thank you to Net Galley and Scholastic for sharing an e-galley with me in exchange for an honest review.