Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Dream Thieves (Book II of the Raven Cycle) by Maggie Stiefvater

genre: young adult paranormal

The Dream Thieves takes up where The Raven Boys left off, but in this book we spent more time in Ronan's head - both when he's awake and when he's asleep.  No, Ronan is not a nice boy.  Ronan is a sort of frightening person, really, but the more we learn about him and his secrets, the more we understand why he is the way he is.

Ronan can take things out of his dreams.

Ronan's closest friends know this, but when another frightening person figures it out, Ronan is thrust into a freakish world of drugs and complete self-absorption, enough to strangle a weaker soul than his own. Somehow, with the help of Blue, Gansey and Noah - as well as the help of a strange man in gray and a few pysic relatives of Blue - Ronan has to take the next step towards Cabeswater and the elusive Glendower.

This is a page turner, that's for sure.  Stiefvater is a word magician, she does such a good job of describing  her world, her dialogue is spot on and the magic is at once amazing and terrifying.  The man in gray was a bit distracting for a while, until I could figure out how he would fit in and I think we'll see even more of him in the next book (can't wait to read it!).  Ronan is exceptionally complicated, I like that we dug deeper into his character in this segment because during The Raven Boys I kind of hated him.   I love the romantic thread that is still picking up, it's tantalizingly low-key but very intriguing.  It's violent.  It's got foul language.  But it's also pretty dang incredible.

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