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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Thursday, September 5, 2013
Summary: 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...
Review: The Dream Thieves is a gorgeous continuation of the Raven Cycle series started in The Raven Boys. One the book’s, and series’, greatest strengths is the haunting style that Stiefvater writes in giving the book a great atmospheric quality. The focus on the story is Gansey’ s seemingly endless search for Cabeswater and Glendower but what it is really about is growing up and growing apart. Each character sees additional development in this book and more of their inner secrets are revealed. However, I was disappointed that Noah seemed to have even less of a presence in this book, he was just there (occasionally) more as a prop than a character.
The other characters are further fleshed out as the cracks in Gansey and Adam’s friendship begin to grow, Adam struggles as before with being the poor boy in a rich school. Gansey is the character that intrigues me the most because I feel as though he hides to most of himself behind a shell of polished appearance and confidence. His relationship with Blue also develops further and I am interested to see where it goes in future books. The focus of this book is Ronan, a character of extremes, and I found many of the revelations about himself and his family to be well executed and interesting. His dream thievery adds a great element to the story and to Ronan himself.
Although I very much enjoyed this book, the story, and the characters there were some elements I did not like. There was a focus on brothers and their bonds and as part of this a new character, the Grey Man, was introduced he was an enigmatic figure and added very little to the story except topic of discussion for Blue’s mother and her friends. Overall a great read and I can’t wait to read the next chapter of the Raven Cycle.
Rating: 4/5 Diamonds

Reviewed by: Jennifer
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